GOP Rep. Victoria Spartz opposes McCarthy's push to oust Democrats from committees
January 25, 2023 at 02:10
CNN —Republican Rep. Victoria Spartz of Indiana announced on Tuesday that she opposes House Speaker Kevin McCarthy’s push to remove three Democrats – Reps. Adam Schiff, Eric Swalwell and Ilhan Omar – from committees.
The new House GOP majority is gearing up for a showdown with Democrats over the issue, but pushback from within the House GOP has the potential to complicate an effort to oust Omar, a Minnesota Democrat, in particular.
Spartz is the second Republican to suggest she’d vote against such a move.
Rep. Nancy Mace of South Carolina signaled to CNN earlier this month she’d be unlikely to back a measure to oust Omar if it came to the floor.
In her statement, Spartz referenced the previous move by House Democrats, saying that “two wrongs do not make a right.”“Speaker Pelosi took unprecedented actions last Congress to remove Reps. Greene and Gosar from their committees without proper due process.
Speaker McCarthy is taking unprecedented actions this Congress to deny some committee assignments to the Minority without proper due process again,” Spartz continued.
Democratic leaders have officially renominated Schiff and Swalwell to the House Intelligence Committee.
McCarthy has the power to unilaterally block Schiff and Swalwell from serving on the House Intelligence Committee because it is a select committee.
In a letter to House Minority Leader Hakeem Jeffries Tuesday night, McCarthy officially denied the California Democrats seats on the panel.
Ousting Omar, however, from the House Foreign Affairs Committee would require a vote of the full House of Representatives.
“They posed danger to folks that they would serve on committees with, to the actual institution they were sworn to protect.
Ultimately, however, the congresswoman voted for McCarthy in the final round in which he secured the gavel.