Democrats outraged that McCarthy would apply Pelosi standard

Democrats outraged that McCarthy would apply Pelosi standard

Democrats outraged that McCarthy would apply Pelosi standard

WASHINGTON — House Democrats are expressing outrage over House Speaker Kevin McCarthy 's plan to reject several Democrat picks for committees.

McCarthy has warned that Republicans in the majority would apply former Speaker Nancy Pelosi's practice of rejecting some GOP picks for committee assignments. Her actions included stripping Reps. Marjorie Taylor Greene of Georgia and Paul Gosar of Arizona from their committee assignments in the last Congress.

Pelosi also rejected Republican picks for the Democrats January 6th Commission and instead picked two Republicans who openly blamed Trump for the January 6th riot...even before the commission began its work.

Minority Leader Hakeem Jeffries, in a letter sent to McCarthy over the weekend, asked that Reps. Adam Schiff and Eric Swalwell be reappointed to the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, a prestigious panel with access to sensitive, classified information. 

McCarthy recently said that Schiff “put America for four years through an impeachment that he knew was a lie.”

With regards to Swalwell, McCarthy tried to have him removed from the Intelligence panel in March 2021 based on his contact with a suspected Chinese spy. His resolution against Swalwell, which was voted down in the Democratic-led House, cited information that the suspected spy, Christine Fang, came into contact with Swalwell’s campaign as he was first running for Congress in 2012 and participated in fundraising for his 2014 campaign.

Jeffries letter over the weekend did not mention another lawmaker McCarthy has threatened to have removed from her committee, Rep. Ilhan Omar, of Minnesota. A Democratic policy panel meets this week and is expected to seat Omar on the House Foreign Affairs Committee. Removing her from the panel would require a majority vote in the House.

Omar has at times clashed with fellow Democrats over Middle East policy. Two months after she arrived in Congress in 2019, the House approved a resolution condemning anti-Semitism and other forms of bigotry — without mentioning her by name — after she made remarks that critics said accused Israel supporters of having dual allegiances.

Two years later, Omar tweeted an exchange with Secretary of State Antony Blinken in a video conference in which she called for justice “for all victims of crimes against humanity.”

In remarks that drew the most attention, she said, “We have seen unthinkable atrocities committed by the U.S., Hamas, Israel, Afghanistan, and the Taliban. I asked @SecBlinken where people are supposed to go for justice.”

She would say later her remarks were “in no way equating terrorist organizations with democratic countries.”

Omar in her letter said that she would be honored to continue serving on the Foreign Affairs panel, where she could offer a unique perspective as a Somali-American, a refugee and the only Africa-born member of Congress.