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Tlaib joins progressives on powerful House Oversight Committee

By: - January 23, 2019 1:48 pm

Rashida Tlaib | Wikimedia Commons

U.S. Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-Detroit) and a host of other influential progressives have been appointed to the powerful House Oversight Committee, according to various media reports on Tuesday night.

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Tlaib will be joined on the committee — which has oversight and subpoena power over the Trump administration — by U.S. Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.), Ayanna Pressley (D-Mass.) and Ro Khanna (D-Calif.), according to Politico.

Tlaib garnered attention when after her first day in office she declared to a group of progressive activists that “we’re going to go in there and impeach the motherfucker,” referring to President Trump.  

The committee is chaired by U.S. Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.), who was critical of Tlaib’s remarks, saying, “Those kind of comments do not take us in the right direction.”

Cummings had asked now-former Gov. Rick Snyder for documents related to the Flint water crisis. New Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has said she will comply with the congressman’s request.

Bloomberg political reporter Sahil Kapur noted that the appointments of Tlaib and other members to the committee sends a strong message that U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) doesn’t “intend to play nice with Trump or … care what conservatives think.”

Tlaib joins other Michigan Democrats who have been appointed to serve on powerful committees in recent weeks, following the party’s return to power in the U.S. House.

As the Advance has previously reported, U.S. Rep. Brenda Lawrence (D-Southfield) will serve on the Appropriations Committee, while U.S. Rep. Dan Kildee (D-Flint Twp.) serves on the Ways and Means Committee, as well being a member of his party’s leadership.

Kildee told Politico that Tlaib and other progressives being appointed to the Oversight Committee made for an exciting development and he wants “people to be aggressive, especially on that committee.”

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Nick Manes
Nick Manes

Nick Manes is a former Michigan Advance reporter, covering West Michigan, business and labor, health care and the safety net. He previously spent six years as a reporter at MiBiz covering commercial real estate, economic development and all manner of public policy at the local and state levels.

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