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Republicans Move To Remove Ilhan Omar From House Foreign Affairs Committee

Ilhan Omar removed from CommitteeRepublicans started the process Wednesday to remove Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) from the House Foreign Affairs Committee.

The House approved a procedural motion setting up a likely final vote to boot Omar on Thursday.

The move is retaliation for Democrats having removed Reps. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) and Paul Gosar (R-Ariz.) from their committees in 2021 for threatening behavior toward colleagues.

Republicans have called Omar an antisemite for the way she’s criticized U.S. foreign policy toward Israel.


Omar, now a Dem unifier, faces down her GOP critics

Omar, now a Dem unifier

Ilhan Omar, at times a lightning rod for House Democrats, is now a unifying force in her party’s quest to frustrate the GOP at every turn.

The member of the so-called progressive “squad” knew even before starting her third term in Congress that she’d face Republicans’ long-promised threat to remove her from the Foreign Affairs Committee. And the Minnesota lawmaker is seemingly daring them to try.

On Tuesday, in a subtle stiff-arm of a GOP eviction attempt that her party has blamed on politically motivated revenge, her office announced the formation of a “U.S.-Africa Policy Working Group” aimed at fostering dialogue on Africa-related policy. The move carried a fatalistic air, given that the Somali immigrant would become the top Democrat on the Foreign Affairs subpanel overseeing Africa — if the GOP let her stay.



Embattled Rep. George Santos resigns from House Committees

George Santos resigns from committees

Embattled freshman Rep. George Santos told his House Republican colleagues Tuesday morning he will recuse himself from his committee positions.

But Santos indicated it may be temporary and that he would return to his committee seats once his legal and ethical reviews resolve.

“This process is going to play itself out,” said Rep. Elise Stefanik, a fellow New York Republican who endorsed Santos. But it will ultimately be voters who decide whether to remove him in the next primary or general election, she said.


House Republicans rebuffed in bid to access details of DoJ Biden investigation

Jim JordanThe US justice department told top House judiciary committee Republicans on Monday that it would decline to produce confidential information about the special counsel investigation into the recent discovery of classified-marked documents at Joe Biden’s personal home and office.

The department said in a letter to the committee reviewed by the Guardian that it would not provide details about the president’s documents case – or any other inquiry – because it could reveal the roadmap of the investigation and risk the appearance of political conflict.


GOP national sales tax talk backfires, as Dems see political gold

JeffriesHouse Speaker Kevin McCarthy has backed his fellow Republicans into a corner with one of the promises he made to his far-right flank to land his job: opening the door to considering fringe legislation that would replace the income tax with a federal sales tax and abolish the IRS.

Most GOP members appear determined to distance themselves as much as possible from the idea, and McCarthy himself said this week he doesn’t support the legislation. But Democrats aren’t going to let the issue die quietly. They’ve been more than happy to use it as a cudgel to portray Republicans as dangerous radicals.


New York Paper Rips Rep. Elise Stefanik With George Santos 'Brain Surgeon' Dig

Elise Stefanik

The editorial board of the Times Union urged Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-N.Y.) to call out serial liar Rep. George Santos (R-N.Y.), whom she wholeheartedly endorsed in the 2022 midterms.

Donald Trump-loving Stefanik is “at the top of the list of the complacent” House GOP leaders who’ve remained silent over the scandals engulfing Santos, the New York state newspaper’s board wrote in a damning opinion piece Wednesday.

Stefanik “continued to stiff-arm questions” about Santos and “stood by” as House Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) placed him on the small business and science, space and technology committees, the editorial noted.


Marjorie Taylor Greene Mocked After Her Amendment Fails Spectacularly

Greene Amendment goes down in flames

Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) offered an amendment on Thursday ― and it quickly went down in flames.

New House rules put in place by the Republican majority allow any lawmaker to offer an amendment. The Hill reported that led to some 140 amendments being proposed for a bill regarding the use of the strategic petroleum reserve. Greene’s proposed amendment would have forbidden President Joe Biden from selling oil from the reserve.

The conspiracy theorist ― who spoke last year at a white nationalist event ― was joined by just 13 others as the amendment failed 14-418.

TVNL Comment: Great start, Marjorie.  Congrats on this spectacular failure.


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