The New Republican-Controlled House Oversight Committee Is Transformed by Conservative Champs


    The House Republican Steering Committee on Tuesday chose a number of conservative firebrands to join the Oversight Committee during the 118th Congress, including members who were previously stripped of their committee assignments by House Democrats in the last Congress.

    The GOP-controlled House Oversight Committee will consist of Reps. Kelly Armstrong (R-ND), Lauren Boebert (R-CO), Tim Burchett (R-TN), Eric Burlison (R-MO), Byron Donalds (R-FL), Chuck Edwards (R-NC), Russell Fry (R-SC), Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA), Paul Gosar (R-AZ), Nick Langworthy (R-NY), Jake LaTurner (R-KS), Gary Palmer (R-AL), Anna Paulina Luna (R-FL), Scott Perry (R-PA), Lisa McClain (R-MI), Pete Sessions (R-TX) along with William Timmons (R-SC).

    “I'm honored to be joining the House Committee on Oversight and Accountability,” Boebert tweeted after the Steering Committee’s selections. “Chairman @RepJamesComer, let's get to work!”

    The Steering Committee’s selections will have to be approved through a vote by the whole House Republican Conference, which “typically approves the Steering Committee's recommendations,” according to The Hill.

    In the days leading up to the 118th Congress, the White House announced they would not cooperate with GOP oversight requests until they took majority control over the House.

    Yet, Oversight Committee Chairman James Comer (R-KY) has recently started investigating Biden's handling of classified documents following reports that boxes filled with White House records from his time as vice president were discovered at multiple locations.

    Reps. Green’s and Gosar's appointments as members of the Oversight Committee are significant because both were removed from their committee assignments by Democrats during the previous Congress.

    In February 2021, House Democrats, a month after she took office, voted to remove Green from committee assignments because of the controversy surrounding her use of social media.

    In November 2021, House Democrats approved a motion to remove Gosar from his committee assignments, including his position on the Oversight Committee, after he uploaded a controversial anime-edited video on his Twitter page.

    In addition to investigating Biden's use of documents that were classified by the government, the GOP-led Oversight Committee has also pledged to probe and investigate the Biden White House for several issues that are ongoing, such as the fentanyl crisis, lax border security, and the energy crisis. Also on the agenda are Biden's withdrawal from Afghanistan, Hunter Biden's business dealings, and the origins of the coronavirus.


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