Washington – As House Speaker Kevin McCarthy looks to make good on his pledge to keep Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar from serving on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, it’s unclear whether he will succeed given opposition from some fellow GOP members.
McCarthy has long threatened a vote to deny Omar a seat on the committee if the GOP wins the House majority because of the past.Which upset Republicans and Democrats alike. But GOP leaders also see this move as retaliation against Democrats who voted to disarm who are they on incendiary social media posts when they were taking over the house.
The Republicans now have a slim majority, and McCarthy can only afford four defections from the GOP in order to successfully garner the votes needed to prevent Omar from taking seats on the committee.
But already, two Republicans, Reps. Nancy Mays of South Carolina and Victoria Spartz of Indiana, have indicated that they will oppose McCarthy’s efforts against Omar.
“Two wrongs don’t make a right,” Spartz said in a statement. Speaker Pelosi took unprecedented action in the last Congress to remove Representatives. [Marjorie Taylor] Greene W [Paul] Gusar from their commissions without due process. Speaker McCarthy is taking unprecedented action in this Congress to deny certain minority committee assignments without, again, due process.”
Spratz pointed to the votes in the Democratic-controlled House of Representatives, which has support from some Republicans, to strip Green and Gosar of their committee assignments. Both legislatorsOn two sessions in the House of Representatives in the new Congress.
Referring to previous votes targeting Green and Gosar, Spartz said she would oppose “the charade” and urged McCarthy to “stop ‘bread and circuses’ in Congress and start governing for change.”
A third Republican, Rep. David Joyce of Ohio, For The Washington Post Last week, those committee tasks must be addressed “within the confines of each party” and the votes against Green and Gosar “create this vindictive issue for our convention,” he said.
Further complicating McCarthy’s path is the absence of Republican Representative Greg Steubi of Florida, who said he would be. House in Sarasota For “several weeks” recovering from a who greeted
WhileAllowing absentee House members to recruit another lawmaker to cast their votes in the last Congress, McCarthy got rid of the proxy vote as soon as he got the gavel.
It is not clear when House Republican leaders might move to vote to remove Omar from the committees. McCarthy told reporters on Tuesday he was “not worried at all” about getting the necessary votes, and House Majority Leader Steve Scales said Wednesday that Republicans “have no intention” of appointing Omar to the Foreign Affairs Committee and California Rep. Adam Schiff and Eric Swalwell are members of the Intelligence Committee.
“If people show a tendency to either hold anti-American and anti-Semitic views, or do things that put themselves at a disadvantage including lying about classified information, that raises serious questions,” Scales said.
House Minority Leader Hakeem JefferiesSchiff and Swalwell on the Intelligence Committee, but the Republican leader their appointments, which he can do unilaterally because they are a select committee.
Omar told reporters on Tuesday that she is in “good standing” on the Foreign Affairs Committee. She added that in addition to Republicans who have publicly expressed their opposition to her removal from the committee, many others have spoken to her privately and said they believe the move is “unfair.”
“They are trying to do everything they can in their conference to make sure there is no vote to remove me from the Foreign Affairs Committee,” Omar said.
Omar pointed out the differences between former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s decision to vote to expel Green and Josar from their congressional committees in the past, and what McCarthy is seeking to do now.
“They threatened the lives of their colleagues,” she said. “They posed a danger to the people who could serve on committees with her, to the actual institution they were sworn to protect.” “Unless McCarthy can say how myself, Adam Schiff, and Eric Swalwell are a danger to the establishment, and our colleagues, he is not following the example set by Speaker Pelosi.”
Ellis Kim and Rebecca Kaplan contributed to this report