House GOP Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) on Monday, July 26, introduced a resolution to condemn Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) for refusing Republican lawmakers chosen to serve on the Jan. 6 select committee. However, his effort was rejected in the House’s party-line vote.
According to the resolution, Pelosi would be condemned for refusing to seat all five Republican members to the committee seeking to investigate the Capitol riot on Jan. 6. The motion also urged the House speaker to appoint those five Republican picks to the committee, including Rep. Jim Banks (R-Ind.), Jim Jordan (R-Ohio), Rep. Rodney Davis (R-Ill.), Rep. Kelly Armstrong (R-N.D.), and Rep. Troy Nehls (R-Texas).
In the resolution, McCarthy questioned the privileges of the House, arguing that Pelosi had pledged to appoint 13 members to a bipartisan committee, five of which shall be selected in consultation with the GOP minority reader.
However, Pelosi refused to seat all five Republican members recommended by McCarthy, which “directly harms the legitimacy, credibility and integrity of the proceedings of the Select Committee.”
Pelosi initially vetoed two GOP nominees, including Rep. Jordan and Rep. Banks, after suggesting that they would seek to find the speaker’s responsibility in the Capital riot. McCarthy protested by opting to withdraw all Republican members and boycott the committee entirely, but Pelosi insisted the committee would proceed without McCarthy’s members, according to Fox News.
Pelosi has tapped two other Republicans who voted to impeach former President Donald Trump to the committee: Reps. Liz Cheney (Wyo.) and Adam Kinzinger (Ill.).
In a vote on McCarthy’s motion on Monday, the Democrat-led House defeated the Republican’s effort to seat his preferred members for the committee.
According to The Hill, the 218-197 vote was mostly along party lines as Cheney and Kinzinger are only two Republicans who joined all Democrats to oppose the resolution.
In his statement on Pelosi’s finalized select committee, McCarthy said that “Speaker Pelosi’s rejection of the Republican nominees to serve on the committee and self-appointment of members who share her pre-conceived narrative will not yield a serious investigation.”
McCarthy’s motion does not go as far as a push by the House Freedom Caucus, which requested him on Friday to bring up a privileged motion to vacate the chair and end the reign of Speaker Pelosi.