Since January there has been a divide between pro-impeachment Republicans and the rest of the party. However, that divide deepened when Reps. Cheney and Kinzinger accepted Nancy Pelosi’s invitation to serve on her select Jan. 6th panel. The divide has gotten so deep that some Republicans are pushing to expel the two representatives from the party.
The Washington Examiner reports:
Arizona Rep. Andy Biggs brought up a resolution during a House Republican conference meeting on Tuesday to expel immediately from the conference any person who sits on a committee that they were not appointed to by the Republican leader or the House Republican steering committee.
“The reality is, they’re now basically working with and for the Democrats, and so it’d be awkward for them to be sitting in our committee while we talk about policy, put, you know, strategy and how to stop bad policy from the Democrats and advance good policy from us. It’d be really awkward,” Biggs told the Washington Examiner.
While some fellow Freedom Caucus firebrands such as Colorado Rep. Lauren Boebert expressed support for Biggs’s move, it did not get traction.
Another Republican voiced his frustration about Liz Cheney and Adam Kinzinger saying there is definitely a divide between them and the rest of the party.
“What should be done to Liz now? I don’t know. I think they’re kind of doing it to themselves,” Texas Rep. Chip Roy told the Washington Examiner on Monday, before Biggs brought up his proposal in front of the conference. “They’re on an island over here, and they’re choosing teams at this point, and they’re saying, ‘Oh, so I’m totally fine saddling up with the speaker of the House of the United States House of Representatives, who, by the way, is killing our country at the border, killing our country on spending.’ … They’re isolating themselves.”
Despite Rep. Biggs’ initial push against Reps. Cheney and Kinzinger getting little traction the growing frustration within the party with the two representatives indicate it’s unlikely this will be the last attempt to oust them from the party.