Despite the criticism from House Democrats, the White House reportedly had a positive reaction to the appointment of several new members to the Oversight Committee.
The House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform recently added controversial members from Georgia, Florida, and Colorado to its panel that is tasked with investigating the administration of President Joe Biden. The White House criticized the move as a political stunt, but some members of the Biden administration claimed that it was a political gift.
The Oversight Committee is one of the House's most powerful panels and is responsible for investigating the actions of the executive branch. Since Republicans took over the House in 2011, they have already announced numerous investigations into the Biden administration. Some of these include inquiries into the withdrawal of US troops from Afghanistan and the activities of Hunter Biden, the son of the vice president.
The investigations could cause trouble for Biden, especially since they will be carried out by members of the Republican Party's far-right wing.
Some members of the White House believe that the appointment of these new members will help strengthen the committee's reputation. They noted that the controversial members, such as Gaetz, Greene, and Bennett, could be used to make Biden look bad.
The White House is expected to highlight their past actions, such as their support for Donald Trump's failed attempt to overturn the results of the presidential election in 2020. They have also defended individuals who were charged after they stormed the Capitol on January 6.
In the last Congress, Georgia Republican Ann Greene was removed from her assignments after she made controversial comments about Democrats. She was then given no place on the committee assignments after 11 Republicans joined all Democrats in voting for the resolution.
The White House criticized the committee's new members, including Gaetz, Greene, Perry, and Paul Gosar. They noted that these individuals are part of a group of extreme members.
Ian Sams, a White House spokesperson, noted that the Biden administration is ready to work with Congress in good faith to address the legitimate needs of the committee. However, he criticized the appointment of the new members, who he claimed are part of an extreme group of Republicans.
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