Many Democrats have developed a particular enmity for elected Republicans who remain outspokenly loyal allies of former President Donald Trump, and that especially includes Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-CO).
Some of those same Democrats are now infuriated by the fact that, according to the Washington Examiner, Boebert was just assigned a seat on the exceedingly important and powerful House Oversight and Accountability Committee.
That committee, led by Chairman James Comer (R-KY), is preparing to launch multiple investigations against President Joe Biden’s administration on a wide range of issues — something that the Colorado congresswoman has been quite keen to participate in.
“Excited to get to work … holding the Biden administration accountable”
“I am excited to get to work defending the individual liberties of the people of Colorado’s Third District by holding the Biden administration accountable,” Rep. Boebert said in a statement Tuesday. “As an advocate for transparency and reform, I will pursue the truth, conduct effective oversight, and fight to root out waste, fraud, and abuse throughout the federal government.”
She added, “I look forward to working with Chairman James Comer and supporting his mission to eliminate mismanagement in the federal government by investigating the border and fentanyl crises, COVID relief fraud, government collusion with big tech to censor Americans, the botched Afghanistan withdrawal, the energy crisis, COVID origins, and the Biden family’s shady business schemes.”
I’m honored to be joining the House Committee on Oversight and Accountability.
Chairman @RepJamesComer, let’s get to work!
— Rep. Lauren Boebert (@RepBoebert) January 17, 2023
The Examiner noted that, in addition to the House Oversight Committee, Boebert was also assigned by the controlling House Steering Committee to serve on the House Natural Resources Committee, where she and other Republican members will seek to push back against the Biden administration’s disastrous anti-domestic energy production policies and devoted adherence to theoretical climate change narratives.
White House decries assignments for “extreme MAGA members”
Axios reported that Rep. Boebert will be joined on the House Oversight Committee by a few other prominent and outspoken allies of former President Trump, including Reps. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA), Paul Gosar (R-AZ), and Scott Perry (R-PA), which prompted a statement of rebuke from President Biden’s White House.
“As we have said before, the Biden Administration stands ready to work in good faith to accommodate Congress’ legitimate oversight needs,” White House spokesman Ian Sams said in a statement. “However, with these members joining the Oversight Committee, it appears that House Republicans may be setting the stage for divorced-from-reality political stunts, instead of engaging in bipartisan work on behalf of the American people.”
“Chairman Comer once said his goal was to ensure the Committee’s work is ‘credible,’ yet Republicans are handing the keys of oversight to the most extreme MAGA members of the Republican caucus who promote violent rhetoric and dangerous conspiracy theories,” he continued.
Sams went on to reference the fact that Boebert, Gosar, and Perry had all been at least initially opposed to House Speaker Kevin McCarthy’s (R-CA) leadership bid and then perpetuated one of the Democrats’ own “dangerous conspiracy theories” by demanding that McCarthy immediately “reveal transparently once and for all what secret deals” he had made with the conservative holdouts to his speakership to win over their support.
Committee lineup a “Dream Team” for conservatives
Yet, while the Biden White House maligns and smears some of the new members of the House Oversight Committee, Breitbart reported that the committee’s GOP lineup is something of a “Dream Team” stacked with “several conservative firebrands” who are primed and ready to apply some necessary and overdue oversight and accountability to the Biden administration.
Per the outlet, that lineup includes “Reps. Kelly Armstrong (R-ND), Lauren Boebert (R-CO), Tim Burchett (R-TN), Eric Burlison (R-MO), Byron Donalds (R-FL), Chuck Edwards (R-NC), Russell Fry (R-SC), Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA), Paul Gosar (R-AZ), Nick Langworthy (R-NY), Jake LaTurner (R-KS), Gary Palmer (R-AL), Anna Paulina Luna (R-FL), Scott Perry (R-PA), Lisa McClain (R-MI), Pete Sessions (R-TX), and William Timmons (R-SC).”
Of particular note in provoking the ire of Democrats, aside from Boebert, is the inclusion of vocal Trump allies Greene and Gosar, who are widely despised on the left and were stripped of their committee assignments in 2021 in a bluntly partisan and vindictive fashion by the prior Democrat-controlled House under former Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA).