The GOP House Speaker from California, Kevin McCarthy faced a tough battle with a group of mutinous Republicans that made him hold the gavel and now has the chance to give “payback” to Biden and his administration over their conduct in the previous Congress.
McCarthy is now able to fulfill the commitments he made last year when he stated that he will be eliminating 3 radical Democrats from their committees.
McCarthy, during an interview with Breitbart News, gave a detailed plan to stop them from joining their respective committees.
“The Democrats have created a new thing where they’re picking and choosing who can be on committees,”
McCarthy said. “Never in the history [of Congress] have you had the majority tell the minority who can be on the committee. But this new standard which these Democrats have voted for—if Eric Swalwell cannot get a security clearance in the private sector, there is no reason why he should be given one to be on Intel or Homeland Security. He will not be serving there.”
As McCarthy expressed in the interview, the Democrats laid the “standard” by removing Reps. Paul Gosa from Arizona and Marjorie Taylor Greene from Georgia.
McCarthy revealed that he would also terminate the Democratic Rep. From Minnesota, Ilhan Omar, from the House Foreign Affairs Committee.
“Ilhan Omar should not be serving on Foreign Affairs,” McCarthy said. “This is a new level of what the Democrats have done.”
McCarthy added that he would also restrict the Californian Democratic Rep. from leading the Intelligence Committee.
“You look at Adam Schiff—he should not be serving on Intel when he has openly, knowingly now used a fake dossier, lied to the American public in the process and doesn’t have any ill will [and] says he wants to continue to do it,” McCarthy said. “We’re going to reshape—think about what happened in Afghanistan. Why did Afghanistan collapse so fast? Was the Intel Committee under Adam Schiff focused on impeachment and not on the safety of America? Why are people coming across the border that are on a terrorist watch list? What are they doing about it? Their own members on that committee say it’s not happening when it’s true. We need to have an Intel Committee that looks at what’s happening around the world and keeps America safe. It should do exactly what it was created [to do]—overseeing of our agencies and others. We’re going to hold people to a higher standard in the process if they want to be on the Intel Committee and the training to be a part of it. Take the politics out of it.”
Kevin McCarthy is now the present House Speaker, at the same time Majority Leader is a Republican from Louisiana, Steve Scalise.
The Campaign Committee Chairman is a Republican from North Carolina, Richard Hudson. The Conference Chair and Vice Chair are Republicans from New York and Louisiana, Elise Stefanik and Mike Johnson. The Conference Secretary is a Republican from Michigan, Lisa McClain.
The House follows a procedural process for designating the committee assignments that vary by party.
“House rules provide that each party caucus or conference determines its members’ committee assignments. For House Republicans, a steering committee composed of allies of Republican leadership determines the assignment of committee chairs and ranking members. Committee leadership for Democrats is generally secured by active campaigns amongst colleagues,” the Gibson Dunn website notes.
Back in 2022, a story by Fox News enlightened, that there is a course of action through which Speaker McCarthy can restrict the three Democrats from getting precise committees.
“One way of stopping these appointments is to have Republicans vote down any resolution that would place any of the three Democrats onto a committee where McCarthy does not want them,” the story notes.
“However, even if Republicans are divided on whether to carry out this punishment, McCarthy can still block the resolution from coming to the floor until Democrats relent and pull the assignments,” the report continued. “Democrats have little recourse to fight against such tactics, given the extensive powers available to the majority party in the House.”
The House under the leadership of McCarthy has introduced 4 House Resolutions:
- Briefing the Senate about a quorum and the elections of the Clerk and the Speaker.
- Empowering the Speaker to form a committee that will inform the president of the Congress assembly.
- Electing Officers
- Empowering the Clerk to notify the President of the election of the Clerk and the Speaker.
Another legislation that will soon be presented to the House floor relates to cutting the funding for the Internal Revenue Service.
McCarthy’s enthusiasm to stay committed to his words concerning the removal of the 3 leftwing Democrats from their committee assignments. This will work as an exceptional initial test of McCarthy’s leadership skills.