Of the many promises that K-Mac (who is very bad at his job) made to get his paws on the gavel was to give the MAGA 20 some prime seats on House Committees, and now we know which ones:
- Rep. Andy Biggs of Arizona, a former head of the Freedom Caucus and one of the five so-called Never Kevins, will keep his spot on the powerful Judiciary Committee. He changed his vote to “present” on the final ballot for speaker, helping push McCarthy over the finish line.
- Rep. Dan Bishop of South Carolina, one of 13 holdouts who flipped to back McCarthy on the 12th ballot, will continue to serve on the Judiciary Committee.
- Rep. Lauren Boebert of Colorado, a vocal McCarthy critic who voted “present” on the 14th and 15th ballots, was awarded a seat on the Oversight and Accountability Committee, which plans to launch numerous investigations into the Biden administration. She will continue to serve on the Natural Resources panel, on which she served in the previous Congress.
- Freshman Rep. Josh Brecheen of Oklahoma, who flipped to McCarthy on the 12th ballot, won a seat on the Homeland Security Committee.
- Rep. Mike Cloud of Texas, who also flipped to McCarthy on the 12th ballot, won a new seat on the powerful Appropriations Committee, which controls federal spending.
- Rep. Andrew Clyde of Georgia, another lawmaker who flipped to McCarthy on the 12th ballot, will serve for the first time on Appropriations.
- Freshman Rep. Eli Crane of Arizona, who voted “present” on the 15th ballot, will serve on the Homeland Security Committee.
- Rep. Byron Donalds of Florida, who was nominated to run against McCarthy for speaker and flipped to him on the 12th ballot, was named by McCarthy as the “speaker’s designee” on the influential Steering Committee, which decides which lawmakers get committee gavels and seats. Donalds also won a coveted spot on the Financial Services Committee, a top panel known on Capitol Hill as an “A” committee.
- Rep. Matt Gaetz of Florida, perhaps the most vocal McCarthy foe during the speaker fight, who flipped to “present” in the 14th round, will continue to serve on the Judiciary panel.
- Rep. Bob Good of Virginia, one of the Never Kevins who flipped to “present” in the last round of voting, has not gotten his committee assignments yet.
- Rep. Paul Gosar of Arizona, who flipped to McCarthy on the 12th ballot, was reinstated by Republicans on the Natural Resources Committee after Democrats removed him two years ago for posting threats to lawmakers on social media. Gosar also landed a new seat on the Oversight panel.
- Rep. Andy Harris of Maryland, who flipped to McCarthy on the 13th ballot, will continue to serve on the Appropriations panel. Harris, a physician, will be the chairman of the Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration subcommittee.
- Freshman Rep. Anna Paulina Luna of Florida, who flipped to McCarthy on the 12th ballot, won a seat on the Natural Resources panel.
- Rep. Mary Miller of Illinois, who flipped to McCarthy on the 12th ballot, will remain on the Agriculture Committee.
- Rep. Ralph Norman of South Carolina, one of the Never Kevins who flipped to McCarthy on the 12th ballot, will remain on the Financial Services panel, which he joined in June.
- Freshman Rep. Andy Ogles of Tennessee, who flipped to McCarthy on the 12th ballot, also won a seat on Financial Services.
- Rep. Scott Perry of Pennsylvania, the chairman of the far-right House Freedom Caucus, who brokered a deal between conservatives and McCarthy, will remain on the Foreign Affairs Committee.
- Rep. Matt Rosendale of Montana, a Never Kevin who flipped to “present” on the final ballot, will continue to serve on Natural Resources.
- Rep. Chip Roy of Texas, who along with Perry helped negotiate a deal with McCarthy, will keep his seat on the Judiciary panel.
- Freshman Rep. Keith Self, R-Texas, who flipped to McCarthy on the 12th ballot, will serve on the Foreign Affairs panel.
- Rep. Victoria Spartz of Indiana, who flipped from “present” to vote for McCarthy on the 12th ballot, will continue to serve on the Judiciary panel.
I might be burying the lede, but an outside group lead by a former Republican member is warning K-Mac not to put any Jan. 6 Insurrectionist-adjacent members on the Weaponizing The Federal Gubmint Committee (emphasis mine):
Former Rep. David Jolly, the co-chair of the outside group Facts First USA, is urging his former colleague (and now Speaker) Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) to avoid placing 13 House Republicans on the GOP’s new select subcommittee on the weaponization of the federal government. The baker’s dozen includes McCarthy himself, one name guaranteed to be on it (Judiciary Committee Chair Jim Jordan), as well as several other high-profile conservatives within the conference…
“No member involved in the January 6th insurrection should be allowed a seat on the Select Subcommittee to Investigate the Weaponization of Government. The fact that this line in the sand even needs to be drawn is a testament to how craven Speaker McCarthy’s corrupt bargain has been — but some deals just shouldn’t be made, and the line protecting our democracy from those who would undermine national security cannot be,” Jolly said.
We really are screwed, aren’t we? Such a complete list of criminals and traitors to be installed on committees. Thank goodness we have a Democratic Senate and President Joe. Greed and personal vendettas have replaced governing. All I see is 2 more years of screaming insanity when what we need is effective programs administered by a forward-thinking government. Sad waste of time.
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I am sad about all of these. I am especially sad about the Natural Resources Panel. As this list sinks in, i worry about what Keith Self r-texas will bring to Foreign Affairs
I have to shut my windows tight and turn up the radio, otherwise I can hear those fools barking at the moon all the way from here.
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