Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) has been front and center in the media for his questioning why ‘White nationalist and White Supremacist’ terms were offensive?….
Republicans are no longer the majority party in the House and while such utterances where played off just a few months ago with a Republicans majority in the House….
They are now looked at seriously by GOP House lawmakers…
House GOP leaders moved Monday to remove Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) from all of his committee assignments following a firestorm over remarks considered racist.
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) told reporters after a meeting of the Republican Steering Committee that King would not receive any committee assignments for the new Congress.
King faced bipartisan criticism after telling The New York Times in an interview published last week, “White nationalist, white supremacist, Western civilization — how did that language become offensive?”
King had been a member of the House Judiciary, Agriculture and Small Business committees. He had also served as chairman of the House Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution and Civil Justice in the last Congress, and could have stood to serve as its ranking member under the Democratic majority.
The move by GOP leaders severely hamstrings King’s ability to wield influence as a member of Congress. The Agriculture Committee in particular is considered a prime spot for lawmakers like King who represent states with agricultural industries.
“We will not be seating Steve King on any committees in the 116th Congress,” McCarthy told reporters…..
Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) on Monday denounced GOP leaders’ move to remove him from all committee assignments, calling it a “political decision that ignores the truth.”
“[House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy’s (R-Calif.)] decision to remove me from committees is a political decision that ignores the truth,” King said in a statement shortly after McCarthy told reporters that the Iowa congressman would not receive any committee assignments in the new Congress….