House Republican leader Kevin McCarthy has no intention of making it easy for Democrats if the GOP wins back the House of Representatives this year. During an interview, the California Republican reiterated plans to strip Democrats of committee assignments if Republicans are in control.
The idea comes after Democrats stripped Republican Reps. Marjorie Taylor Greene and Paul Gosar of their committee assignments in 2021.
The Hill reports:
“Never in the history [of Congress] have you had the majority tell the minority who can be on committee. But this new standard which these Democrats have voted for — if Eric Swalwell cannot get a security clearance in the private sector, there is no reason why he should be given one to be on Intel or Homeland Security. He will not be serving there,” McCarthy said.
“Ilhan Omar should not be serving on Foreign Affairs,” McCarthy added. “This is a new level of what the Democrats have done.”
McCarthy had also previously singled out Rep. Maxine Waters (Calif.) as a Democrat Republicans might prevent from serving on committees, but she was not mentioned in the interview published Monday.
However, McCarthy confirmed that he would act to prevent Schiff and Swalwell from serving on the House Intelligence Committee as well as Omar on the House Foreign Affairs Committee.
So far, Republicans are expected to win back the House, as they only need to win five seats. Republicans need to secure one more seat in the Senate to have a majority in the upper chamber.