Firebrand US Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-CO) was one of almost two dozen Republicans who declined to vote to approve US Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) for speaker, causing many to worry that she will be removed from committees for her perceived treachery in Washington, D.C.
However, an entirely other event occurred.
“Back of the envelope math: 15/21 Republicans returning to the Oversight Committee voted to overturn election results in 2020. 14/18 Republicans returning to the Judiciary Committee votes to overturn election results as well,” Kyle Cheney from Politico reported, including Boebert.
The McCarthy-led House Steering Committee awarded the Colorado Republican a seat on the coveted and crucial House Oversight Committee sometime on Tuesday, according to media sources.
Newsweek reported, “The appointment gives the outspoken Colorado Republican outsized influence on looming investigations into three-letter agencies like the CIA and FBI that McCarthy—whom Boebert vocally opposed for the speaker post—had hinted at in the lead-up to Republicans taking the majority this past November.”
Jon Doughtery of Conservative Brief reported that Boebert’s tweet announcing McCarthy’s appointment occurred despite her public rebukes of McCarthy in the media and on the House floor in the days preceding the start of the 118th Congress, where she voted for someone other than McCarthy more than a dozen times before giving in.
“I’m honored to be joining the House Committee on Oversight and Accountability. Chairman @RepJamesComer, let’s get to work!” Rep. Lauren Boebert (@RepBoebert) posted on Twitter on January 17, 2023.
I’m honored to be joining the House Committee on Oversight and Accountability.
Chairman @RepJamesComer, let’s get to work!
— Rep. Lauren Boebert (@RepBoebert) January 17, 2023
Before a particularly stressful time during a vote for speaker, Boebert reportedly said, “Let’s stop with the campaign smears and tactics to get people to turn against us, even having my favorite president [Donald Trump] call us and tell us we need to knock this off.”
“I think it actually needs to be reversed—the president needs to tell [Representative] Kevin McCarthy that ‘sir, you do not have the votes and it’s time to withdraw,’” she added at the time.
All of that, however, appears to have been settled, as demonstrated by the assignment of Boebert, and it provides more proof of McCarthy’s last-minute negotiations with GOP holdouts to gain their support.
“We changed the way bills will be passed,” Boebert said in a news release at the time. “We changed the way the government will be funded. We changed the ways committees will be formed. We secured votes on term limits, the fair tax, the Texas Border Plan, and so much more.”
Following her nomination, Boebert’s office issued the following statement: “As an advocate for transparency and reform, I will pursue the truth, conduct effective oversight, and fight to root out waste, fraud, and abuse throughout the federal government.
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“I look forward to working with Chairman James Comer and supporting his mission to eliminate mismanagement in the federal government by investigating the border and fentanyl crises, COVID relief fraud, government collusion with big tech to censor Americans, the botched Afghanistan withdrawal, the energy crisis, COVID origins, and the Biden family’s shady business schemes,” she added. CONTINUE READING…