The Republican nominee for Speaker of the House, Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.), is getting support from Republicans for his decision on future committee assignments in Congress.
McCarthy recently said he will remove Democratic Reps. Eric Swalwell (D-Calif.), Adam Schiff (D-Calif.), and Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) from committees if he’s elected House leader.
“One thing I said from the very beginning, Eric Swalwell cannot get a security clearance in the public sector,” McCarthy said. “Why would we ever give him a security clearance and the secrets to America?
“So, I will not allow him to be on.”
Swalwell responded to McCarthy’s comments saying, “I think I can make the case that he’s going after me in retaliation for our caucus voting to kick Marjorie Taylor Greene off the (Jan. 6) committee. If you think anything that I have said or Adam Schiff has said or Ilhan Omar has said is comparable to Marjorie Taylor Greene posting on social media about killing Nancy Pelosi, then you just don’t have the facts.”
During an interview Saturday with Newsmax, U.S. Rep. Jerry Carl (R-Mobile) talked about his support for McCarthy and his decision on removing those members of Congress from their committee assignments.
“They have no business on those committees, they need to come off,” Carl said. “There’s several more, but I’ll let McCarthy do McCarthy’s job, and he’ll do a great job I might add, we’re excited to get him voted in.”
The congressman said the Democratic Party will have an opportunity to put better people in those positions.
“When he’s talking about Schiff and Swalwell and Omar,” he said. “They’re just damaging to this country and we’ve got to get them out of the way and encourage the Democrat party to put someone new in their place, replace them.”
He also believes Speaker Nancy Pelosi set the precedent when it comes to removing people from congressional committees.
“Nancy Pelosi set the parameters here,” he said. “So, according to Nancy Pelosi, she has a right to say who’s on a committee and who’s not so we use their own laws and their own definitions. We’ll move right along with them.”
Carl made a point to praise McCarthy for willing to stand up on this issue.
“And thank you Kevin McCarthy for stepping up and doing this,” he said. “It’s not an easy task. He’s going to come under quite a bit of pressure on this one.”