Meet Your MAGA Committee Chairmen
January 18, 2023
In exchange for the speaker’s gavel, Kevin McCarthy is rewarding extreme MAGA Republicans with chairmanships and plum posts on key committees.
Under Kevin McCarthy, world-class fraudster George Santos has been seated on not one, but two different committees. Santos has lied repeatedly about his resume and even misled about his real name.
Huffington Post: “Watch George Santos Bizarrely Mislead About His Name In Startling Video”
And as promised, McCarthy reinstalled Marjorie Taylor Greene and Paul Gosar to committee posts after they BOTH attended a white nationalist conference in 2021 organized by Nick Fuentes.
Axios: “GOP hardliners reap benefits of McCarthy speaker deal”
CNN: “Republican Reps. Marjorie Taylor Greene of Georgia and Paul Gosar of Arizona have been given committee assignments for the new Congress, after being booted from their committees by Democrats and some Republicans for their incendiary remarks.”
McCarthy also rewarded MAGA Congresswoman Lauren Boebert of Colorado with a sought-after seat on the Oversight Committee.
Business Insider: “GOP Freedom Caucus is reaping its reward for holding House speaker election ransom, with even holdout Boebert given plum committee role”
Also on the Oversight Committee is House Freedom Caucus Chairman Scott Perry — thanks to Kevin McCarthy’s backroom dealings.
Semafor: “Several members of the House Freedom Caucus were added to the high-profile House Oversight Committee, including Marjorie Taylor Greene and Paul Gosar as well as Reps. Lauren Boebert and Scott Perry.”
In fact, the extreme House Freedom Caucus has major influence over nearly all of the top four “A” committees in Congress.
Axios: “And nearly every ‘A’ committee — the four most desirable panels — got new members associated with the Freedom Caucus: Reps. Andrew Clyde (R-Ga.) and Michael Cloud (R-Texas) will serve on Appropriations, while Donalds and Rep. Andy Ogles (R-Tenn.) will be on Financial Services.”
Fellow MAGA Congressman Matt Gaetz got to keep a coveted seat on the Judiciary Committee after he nearly tanked Kevin McCarthy’s speaker bid.
NBC News: “Rep. Matt Gaetz of Florida, perhaps the most vocal McCarthy foe during the speaker fight, who flipped to ‘present’ in the 14th round, will continue to serve on the Judiciary panel.”
The committee chairmen are just as extreme, too: Texas Congressman Jodey Arrington, who’s now in charge of the Budget Committee, has repeatedly said that he will use his position to come after Social Security and Medicare.
Jack Fitzpatrick, Bloomberg: “Some key points on new Budget Chairman @RepArrington’s plans:
– Wants Reagan-O’Neill style talks on Social Security solvency
– Says debt limit is opportunity to get fiscally conservative measures
– Has supported [discretionary] spending caps”
Bloomberg Government: “A bipartisan negotiation on Social Security and Medicare would likely start with Democrats pushing for more revenue, while ‘Republicans have a list of eligibility reforms, and we don’t like the tax increases,’ Arrington said. He said an increase in the eligibility age for both programs would be a commonsense change.”
Missouri Congressman Jason Smith, who was just appointed chairman of the Ways & Means Committee, has also confirmed that he supports threats to crash the economy in order to push spending cuts to key programs like Social Security and Medicare.
Bloomberg Government: “‘The debt limit is clearly one of those tools that Republicans — that a Republican-controlled Congress — will use to make sure that we do everything we can to make this economy strong,’ said Rep. Jason Smith (R-Mo.) , the ranking member of the House Budget Committee.”
And Alabama Congressman Mike Rogers, who attempted to physically assault his colleague on the House floor two weeks ago, will chair the House Armed Services Committee.
Farnoush Amiri, Associated Press: “Mike RODGERS just tried to charge toward GAETZ, before Richard HUDSON pulled him back and he ran off the House floor.”
In case there was any doubt: MAGA Republicans are running the show with Kevin McCarthy’s full blessing.