It’s often said that politicians listen to their constituents while they campaign for public office and then, after being elected, tend to “go native” in Washington, D.C.
Many of the leaders of the various Congressional committees are Swampy Democrats who have been in office for decades, often with credible corruption allegations against them, doing the bidding of the radical Left.
Now, the House GOP has big plans to rein in far-left Congressmen in the new Congress.
If House Republicans take the majority, they are considering imposing term limits for Committee Chairs and Ranking Members as part of the chamber’s rules package for the 118th Congress.
This is huge news because while Republicans already limit their own members to three consecutive terms leading Committees, the largely geriatric Democrat caucus doesn’t impose the same rule on their members.
The upshot of all this is that this plan is an elegant way to take out of leadership several of the more notorious Democrats, forcing some new blood into the ranks.
Some of the Democrats who would be barred from serving as Ranking Member under a GOP majority are Rep. Maxine Waters (top Democrat on Financial Services since 2013), Rep. Bennie Thompson (top Democrat on Homeland Security since 2005), Rep. Frank Pallone (top Democrat on the Energy and Commerce since 2015), Rep. Adam Smith (top Democrat on the Armed Services Committee since 2011) and Rep. Nydia Velázquez of New York, (top Democrat on the Small Business Committee since 1998).
In addition, Reps. Jerry Nadler of New York and Richie Neal of Massachusetts are currently in their third terms as the top Democrats on their respective panels, but under this new GOP proposal, they wouldn’t be eligible for a fourth.
This move by Republicans would have a drastic impact on the House and would be a breach of tradition, but nonetheless it’s one Democrats opened the door to within the past year.
For decades, each party set their own internal rules to decide who sits on Committees and for how long, and while Republicans have had term limits in place since 1994, Democrats currently don’t have any such regulations.
Democrats changed this very recently by kicking Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) off her Committees in a partisan power play, blaming Greene’s comments about the Capitol Hill riot as an excuse.
Democrats also censured and removed Rep. Paul Gosar (R-AZ) from his Committee assignments after he posted an animated satirical video critical of Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY).
Republicans, including Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, have warned that Democrats would pay for such moves if the GOP took over, with Reps. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) and others booted from their current panels.
Because nine current Democrat Committee Chairs happen to be minority lawmakers, Democrats are surely going to decry any change to the current structure as evidence of racism, but of course nowadays their leveling such accusations can be likened to having some kind of nervous tic.
House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) told Breitbart News’ Matthew Boyle that he would kick Democrats like Reps. Eric Swalwell (D-CA), Ilhan Omar (D-MN), and Adam Schiff (D-CA) off their committees if they take back the majority, saying, “The Democrats have created a new thing where they’re picking and choosing who could be on the Committee. Never in the history have you had the majority tell the minority who could be on Committee.”
Democrats will no doubt blow a gasket if McCarthy follows through with this, but this is a fight worth having as Congressional Committees are supposed to be representative of the people, and not fiefdoms where various Committee Chairmen can amass power and clout over decades.
New blood won’t cure all of Congress’ ills next term, but it is certainly a good start, and Republicans have every reason to believe November will offer the chance to do just that.
Stay tuned to Blue State Blues for any updates to this ongoing story.