The Republicans in the House, who are increasingly convinced that they will take the majority back next year, say they will launch tough oversight investigations of the Biden administration and hold democratic lawmakers accountable who abused majority rule against GOP members.
Republicans told The Washington Times they will launch a series of committee investigations, including digging into the Department of Justice’s coordination with the White House to investigate parents protesting their school boards, handling the COVID-19 pandemic, and issues related to the Hunter Biden .
Rep. Jim Jordan of Ohio, executive member of the House Judiciary Committee, ran down a list of topics he would like to hit if Republicans were to get the clubs after next year’s election.
“Thousands of Americans’ tax returns were published. We’d better find out how it happened,” he said, referring to the publication of a tax bill for the richest people in the United States, which was somehow obtained by the non- profit, investigative journalistic magazine ProPublica.
He also had President Biden’s Chief Medical Adviser, Dr. Anthony Fauci, in binoculars.
“Dr. Fauci misled the country for over a year and a half. We need to find out how it happened and what, what happened to the virus,” he said.
The Republicans in the oversight committee also want to investigate issues related to first son Hunter Biden’s artwork, which is sold for six digits to unknown buyers.
Rep. Darrell Issa, who chaired the oversight committee when the GOP last had a majority, said a new Republican majority should examine the chaotic withdrawal from Afghanistan and the policies and behaviors that have oppressed Americans on the home front.
“It always comes down to something that stifles America’s freedom that one should look at first. Every time Americans die or get hurt because of policies or activities, we should look into it. And they should be put first,” he said. Issa, Republicans from California.
Mr. Issa said the Obama-era investigations he launched into the deadly Benghazi attack, the Fast and Furious conspiracy scandal and the Internal Revenue Service targeting conservatives all concerned either the loss of life or the oppression of American citizens.
“Following the dire situation in Afghanistan, the devastation of recent summers, Democrats are focusing on January 6, excluding other casualties and injuries,” he said. “Clearly, they are not looking at the oppression of Americans, both under COVID cover and in other ways.”
The Times asked Ms Pelosi if she was concerned that a Republican majority was launching investigations into the Biden administration. The speaker would not comment.
Rep. Andy Biggs of Arizona, another Republican on oversight and justice committees, wants to turn the table on Democratic lawmakers who have exercised intense control over GOP members, including investigating Democrats’ support for racial justice rioters who set fire and looted cities across the country during the summer of 2020.
Mr. Biggs is currently being hit by the House Democrats, who claim he is linked to the January 6 riots.
“I think there are many places we need to take a closer look. I strongly believe in the political unrest that took place last summer and the encouragement and support that members of Congress gave to that unrest,” he said. I’m not ready to name anyone right now. I could imagine that there will be a number of investigations. “
Anger among Republicans runs deep over the treatment they say they have endured under speaker Nancy Pelosi and her leadership team since the Democrats won the majority in 2018.
The most prominent example cited by GOP lawmakers happened in February, when Democrats removed a Republican member, Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene from Georgia, from all her committees because of her offensive posts on social media targeting Democrats. The positions were made before she joined Congress.
It was the first time in the history of Congress that the majority party deprived of committee duties from a legislator in the minority party.
Democratic leaders are now considering depriving committee officials of another Republican lawmaker, Rep. Paul Gosar from Arizona, because of an anime video he posted, which included a giant with his face on the rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, New York Democrat killed in a sword fight.
So far, a motion of censure has been passed.
“It is interesting that President Pelosi has set many precedents that I ever thought could be set in this House. They threw Marjorie out of her committee. It was a terrible decision and unfortunately that precedent has now been set,” the rep said. Rodney Davis, Republican from Illinois.
“And then they kicked Jim Jordan and Jim Banks off [Jan. 6] Select Committee, as they knew there was a very well-balanced group in the select committee of Republicans, but they did not want the balanced vote, ”he continued. “We see it playing along with the fake circus that the committee set up on January 6th.”
When asked if he thought a Republican would propose removing a Democrat from their committee if they take the majority, Mr Davis said the Democrats set the stage for such actions.
‘I would bet there will be some suggestions when the majority happen to do so. If it happens now, who knows? But it’s a shame. It is unfortunate that President Pelosi and the Democrats, by a majority, have decided to set precedents that will resonate throughout Parliament for decades to come. “
Instead of worrying about repayment from a GOP majority, the ordinary House Democrats are focusing on adopting the multi-trillion-dollar social welfare and climate bill that is the majority of Mr. Biden’s agenda. Democrats hope the adoption of the massive package will give the base energy and help them retain Parliament’s majority in the 2022 election.
Rep. Pramila Jayapal, Washington’s Democrat and president of the Progressive Caucus, said a Republican majority targeting Democrats with polls would be nothing new. She said it happened when Republicans had the majority under the Obama and Trump administrations.
“We’ve been through four years of it. We know exactly what it looks like,” she said in an interview. “And it was very, very painful and devastating for our democracy. And that’s why we have to hang on to our majority. ”