Some (then) Congressmen-elect were outspoken about other Republicans’ votes during last week’s contentious House Republican infighting to choose a new speaker. Representative Dan Crenshaw (R-TX), who openly criticized the ardent “Never McCarthy” Republicans for their refusal to give up their steadfast opposition to the Republican nominee, was the most incensed and loud member.
“we cannot let the terrorists win,” Crenshaw said in a live interview, referring to his colleagues as “terrorists” for delaying the vote that would have elevated Kevin McCarthy to the speakership.
Though McCarthy eventually gave Crenshaw what he wanted, he is now paying for his insulting words as Congress is back in session this week.
Crenshaw found himself competing for the coveted post of chairman of the House Committee on Homeland Security, a position he lost to Tennessee Republican Mike Green by 20 votes. Former Rep. John Katko (N.Y.) once held this office, which was recently vacated after Katko left Congress.
As he prepares to lead the panel, battle veteran Green, who is being referred to by his colleagues as a rising star in the party, stated that securing the border will be a primary priority.
According to The Hill, Green told reporters that he intends to have two full-time committee workers working from the border between the United States and Mexico. The Homeland Security panel intends to call Alejandro Mayorkas in for testimony and will play a significant role in supervision and policy pertaining to the immigration influx at the border.
Green stated that his attention will be divided between cybersecurity and inter-agency obligations in the cyber arena in addition to the physical border.
According to Green, the staff members will be “sitting there with [Customs and Border Protection],” “sending us real-time updates on what CBP needs and the issues – whether it’s a big drug bust at the border, we’ll send a bunch of members down for, you know, for that and those kinds of things.” Green added.
Crenshaw, though, could not be the only McCarthy loyalist to lose his position as chairman of important panels.
The Hill notes
The House GOP Steering Committee, a panel of around 30 lawmakers consisting of leadership and elected regional representatives that makes selections for most chairmanships and committee assignments, made its choices for chairs of panels that were uncontested in December.
However, it postponed its decisions for four crucial contested chairmanships, including those for the Homeland Security, Ways and Means, Budget, and Education and Workforce committees after a number of hard-line conservatives voiced their opposition to McCarthy, endangering his bid to become Speaker. CONTINUE READING…