McCarthy is set to hold a vote on impeachment of Ilhan Omar from the House Foreign Affairs Committee. He cited Omar’s previous comments on Israel as well as previous votes to do the same with Republicans. But Rep. Victoria Spartz won’t vote for the resolution and says McCarthy should “start governing.” Something is loading.
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House Speaker Kevin McCarthy is preparing to hold a floor vote in the coming weeks on the impeachment of Democratic Representative Ilhan Omar of Minnesota from the House Foreign Affairs Committee, citing earlier comments Omar perceived as anti-Semites and what he said was a precedent. by House Democrats.
But at least one House Republican — Rep. Victoria Sparta of Indiana — has firmly said she won’t vote for the resolution.
“Speaker McCarthy is taking unprecedented action in this Congress to again deny certain minority committee assignments without due process,” Spartz said in a statement Tuesday. “As I spoke out against this in the House two years ago, I will no longer support this charade. President McCarthy must stop the ‘bread and circuses’ in Congress and start governing for change.”
This isn’t the first time Spartz has appeared as a critic of McCarthy.
During the four days the House voted on electing a new speaker, Spartz began voting ‘present’ as roll-call votes unfolded, arguing the votes were ‘wasting everybody’s time’. .
In its Tuesday statement, Spartz referenced bipartisan votes in the previous Congress to remove Republican Representatives Marjorie Taylor Greene of Georgia and Paul Gosar of Arizona from committees for their violent rhetoric, saying “two wrongs don’t make one.” right”.
She also apparently referenced the impending removal of Democratic Representatives Eric Swalwell and Adam Schiff, both of California, from the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence.
House Minority Leader Hakeem Jeffries recently argued that it would be a “double standard” for the two Democrats to be removed from the panel while Republican Rep. George Santos of New York can serve on committees despite a history of manufacturing and numerous ethical investigations. But as Speaker of the House, McCarthy has the unilateral ability to reject Jeffries’ picks for any select committee.
But in the case of Omar’s seat on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, his impeachment will require a full vote in the House, and McCarthy can only afford to lose a handful of votes given the narrow majority of republicans. Other Republicans have also expressed skepticism about the idea.
Omar apologized nearly three years ago for her remarks, which included suggestions that support for Israel in the United States was mostly about money.