Report: Pelosi removes progressive Rep. Katie Porter from House Financial Services committee

Signs of a power struggle between the establishment and progressive wings of the Democrats’ congressional caucus may be emerging, according to Breitbart reporter Wendell Husebo. 

Progressive California Rep. Katie Porter (D) was quietly removed from the House Financial Services Committee earlier this year following frequent criticism of its chairwoman, Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA), Breitbart reported. According to a report from the Los Angeles Times, “Porter recently took aim at House Democrats’ rules and traditions for what is usually a behind-the-scenes competition to determine which lawmakers sit on which coveted committees.”

The decision was made by the House Steering Committee, a body run by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and “her allies,” Breitbart reported.

Porter has become the object of praise from left-wing Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and other members of the so-called progressive “Squad,” but was “ruffling the feathers” of the more establishment figures in the committee, according to the Times.

Pelosi controls committee assignments

Husebo pointed out that the only way Porter could have been kicked off the Financial Services Committee was with Pelosi’s approval. “Waters also holds sway with the Steering Committee’s authority to designate committee assignments,” he added.

Ocasio-Cortez defended Porter, telling the Los Angeles Times, “So many of us, regardless of ideology, run on ‘shaking up Washington.’ But then when you actually come here, there’s a lot of consequences for doing that.”

She continued, “There are many strong personalities in our class, and that leads to some ruffling of feathers, because we’re sent here literally to try to disrupt.”

Conflict between Waters and Porter

The conflict between Waters and Porter became evident after Waters sided with objections by Republican committee members over Porter’s attempt to set up a poster board.

The Los Angeles Times piece stated, “When Porter came back to another hearing with a ‘Financial Services bingo’ board, Waters again told her to take it down. ‘We’ve talked about this before,’ she said.”

The paper also noted that Pelosi turned down Porter’s request for a waiver that would be required for her to serve on multiple committees simultaneously.

“As the only single mother of young children in our Democratic Caucus, and an expert on consumer debt, mortgage lending, and bankruptcy, I bring deep knowledge and great passion to issues of economic justice and fairness,” Porter reportedly told Pelosi in the letter.

Despite the drama, Huesbo contended that the divisions within Pelosi’s caucus “are nowhere near as rambunctious — or public — as GOP infighting nearly a decade ago that paved the way for the removal of now-former Speaker John Boehner from office.”

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  1. They need to remove Nancy Pelosi and Maxine Waters from their duties! Both should have retired many years ago.

    1. AMAN PREACHING TO THE CHIOR WATERS AND PELOSI ARE SCUM NASTY AND GUTTER FIGHTERS PERFECT FOR THE SLIME THAT SWIMS IN THE DEMOCRAT SWAMP.

    2. I agree completely, they also need to desolve the democrat party completely and form one that is for a free America & religious values!!!!!!!

    3. The are not going to Retire, because they believe they are going to LIVE FOREVER. THEY ARE BOTH IN THEIR 80’S, THERE IS NO GUARANTEE, THEY WILL WAKE UP TOMORROW….SATAN IS WAITING FOR THEM AND IT’S COMING SOON.

  2. Instead of the worst financially corrupt person who could possibly be on that commission, Maxine Waters. She and her husband stole money from banks in LA, CA and got away with it. How in the world do we get appointments like this? Corruption abounds in our Capitol.

      1. yes but how about the rest of the USA . we have to live in this country and way to much has been taken away from AMERICANS HERE IN NM THE DEMOCRATS RUN EVERYTHING SO WE’RE THE WORST IN VERY WAY. THE GOV JUST SPENT MILLIONS OF DOLLARS ON THE WORST EDUCATION SYSTEM IN THE USA. NO AMOUNT OF MONEY WILL EVER FIX THE EDUCATION SYSTEM IN NM. EVEN SOME 3RD WORLD COUNTRIES HAVE BETTER SCHOOLS THAN WE HAVE.OUT OF 50 TESTED THE SCHOOLS IN THE USA CAME IN 35TH.

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  4. It is time for change Waters, Pelosi, Shummer should all find new jobs. They have been in congress to long with Biden they are all destroying this country.

  5. Pelosi got her relative Newman his position of Gov of CA and her friend Walters..They need to be GONE!!!

  6. I didn.\’t relize that one person controlled the house. that is too much power for anybody. neather a democrate or rebublican should have that much power IT SHOUND BE CHANGED

  7. Piglosi, Waters, warren, and the rest of the “ elite scum” need to be forced out of office! They are a clear and present danger to our country! Piglosi is power hungry, she thinks she runs the country because she gets away with the crap she pulls! For some reason, the republicans cannot or will not go against her. So, we the people, must demand her removal from the speakership! She is unfit to be the speaker, and is only there because she bullied her way in again! REMOVE HER FROM CONGRESS NOW!

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