House Speaker Kevin McCarthy on Tuesday formally booted two Democrats — Reps. Adam Schiff (D-CA) and Eric Swalwell (D-CA) from the House Intelligence Committee, rejecting Democratic Leader Hakeem Jeffries’ (D-NY) demands to reappoint the “eminently qualified” lawmakers.
After a dramatic five days of long drawn-out fight consisting of 15 rounds of ballot voting, House GOP Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) finally achieved his longtime goal of clinching the speakership in the midnight hour on Saturday, capping off a historic spectacle that hasn’t seen a battle for the gavel in over 100 years.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) announced that she will run for reelection in 2022, seeking a 19-term in Congress, but remained silent on whether she plans to seek to retain her position leading House Democrats.
McCarthy (R-CA) had other plans, unleashing a marathon blustering speech against President Biden’s Build Back Better legislation and broke the record for the chamber’s longest continuous speech in modern history.
The House voted Wednesday to censure Rep. Paul Gosar (R-AZ) and remove him from his committee assignments over a tweeted anime cartoon video depicting him attacking Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) and President Joe Biden.
Rep. Stephanie Murphy (D-FL) and a bloc of moderate Democrats are demanding the social welfare spending bill receive an official cost estimate before it goes up for a vote —derailing House leadership push to quickly pass President Biden’s domestic bills by week’s end.