Republican Reps. Marjorie Taylor Green of Georgia and Paul Kosar of Arizona were given committee appointments to the new Congress after being booted from their caucuses by Democrats and some Republicans for their incendiary comments, sources told CNN.
The House GOP Steering Committee on Tuesday agreed to appoint Green to the House Homeland Security Committee, which has cross-border jurisdiction and a potential role Fired Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas.
Kosar was appointed to the House Committee on Natural Resources, where he previously served.
Sources told CNN that both decisions were made unanimously by the steering committee, which is made up of members close to and a part of House GOP leadership. Committee lists must still be approved by the full House GOP, but the convention generally approves what the steering committee recommends.
Green and Koser were among several GOP hardliners — including Reps. Lauren Bobert of Colorado and Scott Perry of Pennsylvania — named to the House Oversight Committee, according to Republican sources.
Green’s inclusion is notable because he lobbied for the seat and was a key defender of Kevin McCarthy during the speaker race. Kosar, who, like Greene, lost committee seats in the last Congress in a Democratic response to incendiary comments, voted against McCarthy but later flipped for him.
McCarthy has long vowed to add Greene and Gosser to the committees, while he has promised to oust some House Democrats from their membership.
Perry also eventually supported McCarthy after opposing him. Bobert helped McCarthy win the “present” vote.
Adding hardliners would give them the ability to shape more aggressive investigations into the Biden administration.
Both houses of Congress are not in session for the week, but a steering committee to cut quotas for members of the Republican convention meets on Tuesday. Capitol Hill watchers are waiting to see which lawmakers will end up on which committees in the new GOP-controlled House, given the role those groups will play in investigating the Biden administration.
A Texas Republican who chairs the Small Business Committee. Roger Williams told CNN that the freshman attacked Rep. George Santos of New York. will be named in his group. Santos faced demands for his resignation. Including RepublicansFollowing his revelation He repeatedly lied about his application and identity.
“I don’t condone what he said, what he did,” Williams told CNN. “I don’t think anybody does. But that’s not my role. He was elected. He represents a million people.
Santos was also offered a seat on the House Science, Space and Technology Committee, according to multiple GOP sources.
Last February 2021, the House voted to remove Green from his board duties following his incendiary and violent past statements. Execution of prominent democratic politicians Before being elected to Congress.
In November 2021, House Voted to condemn Gosar Remove him from his groups after he posted a photoshopped anime video on social media showing him attacking President Joe Biden while appearing to kill Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.
McCarthy has repeatedly cited Reps. Adam Schiff and Eric Swalwell, both of California, and Ilhan Omar of Minnesota, as examples of Democratic lawmakers he would remove from the committee. Schiff and Swalwell serve on the House Intelligence Committee, while Omar serves on the House Foreign Affairs Committee.
This story was updated with additional updates on Tuesday.