A Majority of House Republicans’ New Committee Chairs Are Election Deniers

The GOP chairs could have an enormous say in Home priorities that might form the way forward for U.S. democracy.

Analyses present {that a} majority of the Home Republicans’ newly chosen committee chairs – individuals who could have an enormous hand in setting the priorities for the Home over the following two years – have participated within the extraordinarily harmful and anti-democratic GOP follow of election denial.

As first pointed out by HuffPost, 11 of the 17 new committee chairs had been among the many 147 Republicans who voted against certifying the outcomes of the 2020 presidential election. Further, 12 of the brand new chairs had signed onto an amicus transient filed with the Supreme Courtroom in 2020 in search of to overturn the need of the voters in Georgia, Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin, the place a majority of voters voted for President Joe Biden.

These lawmakers might be in control of committees that can assist write and cross laws and maintain hearings in regards to the local weather disaster, immigration rights, social and budgetary priorities, and the way forward for U.S. democracy itself – a future that they needed to undermine in 2020 and on January 6, 2021, in attempting to hold by Donald Trump’s coup try.

The election denying chairs in query are Agriculture Chair Glenn Thompson (Pennsylvania); Armed Companies Chair Mike Rogers (Alabama); Funds Chair Jodey Arrington (Texas); Education and Workforce Chair Virginia Foxx (North Carolina); Vitality and Commerce Chair Cathy McMorris Rodgers (Washington); Homeland Safety Chair Mark Inexperienced (Tennessee); Judiciary Chair Jim Jordan (Ohio); Pure Sources Chair Bruce Westerman (Arkansas); Science, House and Know-how Chair Frank Lucas (Oklahoma); Small Enterprise Chair Roger Williams (Texas); Transportation and Infrastructure Chair Sam Graves (Missouri); Veterans’ Affairs Chair Mike Bost (Illinois); and Methods and Means Chair Jason Smith (Missouri).

It’s alarming that Republicans would give individuals who have proven themselves to be vehemently anti-democratic and keen to disregard the need of hundreds of thousands of voters such energy within the Home. Reasonably than condemning the anti-democratic sentiment amongst their caucus, Republican Social gathering leaders are giving it much more energy and a louder voice within the Home.

Although each chairmanship from an election denier is regarding from a democratic standpoint, some figures have particularly raised alarm.

Jim Jordan’s chairmanship of the Judiciary Committee, as an example, is especially insidious, commentators have pointed out. Jordan appeared to have performed a key position in supporting the January 6 assault on the Capitol and ended up being one of many 4 Home Republicans who had been referred to the Home Ethics Committee for his or her refusal to adjust to the January 6 committee’s subpoenas.

“The GOP Home management – through the GOP Steering Committee that chooses committee chairs – not solely didn’t punish Jordan, it elevated him to chairman of the Judiciary Committee,” wrote CNN columnist Dean Obeidallah this week. Jordan has “no place as a Home committee chairman,” Obeidallah wrote.

Obeidallah additionally raised considerations about Homeland Safety’s Mark Inexperienced, who was as soon as nominated by Trump as Military Secretary. Inexperienced has a historical past of spewing noxious anti-LGBTQ and Islamophobic speech – speech that was so hateful that even fellow Republicans denounced it, which led Inexperienced to withdraw his nomination.

The truth that committee chairs got to not simply election deniers, however among the Republican caucus’s extra hateful and extremist members, may additional point out the Republican Social gathering’s exhausting flip to the proper in recent times.

Political commentators have noticed different absurd and regarding elements of the Republican picks for committee chairs and their committee assignments at giant.

There appears to be an unsurprisingly sexist bent to the committee management assignments and the caucus at giant, which is chosen partly by help from Republican leaders on the marketing campaign path. As Insider pointed out, the variety of males named “Mike” or “Michael” who might be chairing committees far outnumber the variety of ladies appointed to function committee chairs within the GOP-controlled Home.

In the meantime, Republican leaders have voted unanimously to permit fascist Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene to serve on the Committee on Homeland Safety, which was created to guard the U.S. in opposition to terrorist assaults – not not like the January 6 assault on the seat of the U.S. authorities, which Greene has boasted she would have “gained” if she had been in control of it.

Greene was additionally chosen to serve on the Home Oversight Committee, one of the vital highly effective committees within the Home, which oversees federal companies and officers that Greene has unfold debunked conspiracy theories about. Different far proper Republicans like Representatives Paul Gosar (Arizona), Scott Perry (Pennsylvania) and Lauren Boebert (Colorado) had been additionally picked to serve on the oversight committee.