Committee’s first meeting turns into partisan brawl

Committee's first meeting turns into partisan brawl

Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-Colo.) during a House Natural Resources Committee organizational business meeting yesterday. Natural Resources Committee A perfunctory House Natural Resources Committee organizational meeting yesterday at times turned into a partisan free-for-all, including on the issue of guns. Convening virtually to adopt a rules package for the 117th Congress, members of the panel squabbled over issues including jurisdictional turf, the pros and cons of remote proceedings, the majority’s power to issue subpoenas, and the individual rights to carry guns inside the hearing room. There was a brief digression where a Republican lawmaker — Rep. Daniel Webster of Florida — asked if Democrats would insist on using gender-neutral titles to address colleagues over the course of committee business. Del. Gregorio Kilili Camacho Sablan, an independent from the Northern Mariana Islands, told members he was very much enjoying working from home rather than having to commute back to Washington during a pandemic — at which point the committee’s new ranking member, Rep. Bruce Westerman (R-Ark.), mistakenly quipped that maybe the committee could next conduct legislative business in Guam. Throughout the meeting, members openly mocked one another, some even in real time on Twitter. "I always thought my dirty dishes piled up and accumulating bacteria were the most dangerous thing in a Zoom background," tweeted Rep. Katie Porter (D-Calif.) regarding Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-Colo.), who patched into the remote proceedings against a backdrop of a bookshelf stocked with firearms. And Boebert, less than two months into her tenure on Capitol Hill, […]

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