(PartiallyPolitics.com) Rep. Ken Buck (R-Colo.) said that he did not agree with the decision to block Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) from sitting on the House Foreign Affairs Committee.
During a segment on NBC on Friday, Buck said that it was not right to “engage in this tit for tat.” He added that he did not agree with Congresswoman Omar not being able to sit in committees. These statements make Buck the latest addition to the growing list of GOP lawmakers who have opposed Speaker Kevin McCarthy’s (R-Calif.) plan.
McCarthy had long promised that not only Omar but also Reps. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) and Eric Swalwell (D-Calif.) would be blocked from serving in the House committees. Earlier this week the two latter members of Congress were blocked from the House Intelligence Committee. In order for them to be assigned to the Foreign Affairs panel the House will need to vote and approve their new assignments now.
Buck added that while he disagreed with the decision regarding Omar, he was still not clear regarding the decision about Congressman Schiff and Swalwell on Intelligence, because that committee was different than other ones. He added that he would need to think through the situation regarding that committee before making a decision on what he thought about it.
While Republicans in the majority have said that Omar’s previous comments were why she was blocked from sitting on the committee, Democrats have maintained that this action is just payback for Reps. Marjorie Taylor Greene (Ga.) and Paul Gosar (Ariz.) were removed from committees in 2021.
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