Can RINO's Be Kicked Out Of The GOP?

Written By BlabberBuzz | Sunday, 16 January 2022 21:45
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Republican Rep. Jim Banks called for Reps. Liz Cheney and Adam Kinzinger to be ousted from the House Republican Conference for their engagement in the select committee formed to probe the Jan. 6 riot at the Capitol.

“It’s long past time for the Republican Party to kick Liz Cheney and Adam Kinzinger out of the House GOP Conference,” Banks said Friday night on Fox News. The Indiana congressman was selected by House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy to be ranking member of the Jan. 6 committee but was barred from the committee by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.

“It’s way past time for us to do that,” Banks resumed. “The fact that they’re participating in an effort to derail Republicans winning back the House majority to save this country tells you that they’re battling for the other team. They don’t belong in the House GOP conference.”

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Before Banks’s statement, calls to boot Cheney and Kinzinger from the conference were largely restricted to members of the House Freedom Caucus.

House Republican rules demand a two-thirds vote from the entire panel to remove a member.

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But Arizona Rep. Andy Biggs, former chairman of the House Freedom Caucus, in July proposed a rule to get around the two-thirds requirement: Change the conference rules to automatically remove any member who sits on a committee without a recommendation from the Republican leader or Republican Steering Committee.endation from the Republican leader or Republican Steering Committee.

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The rules' shift would demand a simple majority, but it has not been brought to a vote in conference meetings.

After Pelosi blocked McCarthy’s Jan. 6 committee picks of Banks and Rep. Jim Jordan, he pulled his other three selections in protest unless all five could be seated. Pelosi appointed Cheney, a Wyoming congresswoman, and Kinzinger, who is from Illinois.

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In September, Biggs and several other members of the House Freedom Caucus asked McCarthy to bring the rule to a vote to kick Cheney and Kinzinger out.

In July of 2021, Biggs said Pelosi’s veto of two of McCarthy’s five picks to sit on the Jan. 6 committee was “intolerable.” Biggs suggested that Cheney and Kinzinger could essentially be spies for the Democrats.

“In the conference, we discussed strategy, policy, and how to advance the Republican platform,” Biggs said. “It is antithetical to having sitting in your conference individuals who have professed that they want to take out the minority leader and that they want to join the Democrats on a witch hunt through the Republican Party to try to take members of the Republican Party out.”

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