LaMalfa Opposes Partisan, Political Committee to Frame Republicans
(Washington, D.C.) Congressman Doug LaMalfa (R-Richvale) issued the following statement after voting against H. Res. 503, which created the Select Committee to Investigate the January 6th Attack on the United States Capitol. LaMalfa opposed the previous Jan 6th commission because it was too partisan and limited in scope. This new committee is even more partisan.
“For the past six months, House Democrats have decried Republicans as ‘partisan’ for their opposition to a Commission which did not give equal power to both parties to investigate political violence. Today, Democrats have revealed their endgame: to create a Select Committee appointed and controlled entirely by the Speaker, capable of abusing subpoenas and unilateral power to name, blame, and shame Republicans leading up to the 2022 midterm elections.” LaMalfa said, “Every American can see the increasing trend of politically-motivated violence across our nation. Law enforcement are required to stand against violent protests, while Democrats cut their budgets and won’t allow a real investigation into the root causes.”
Key Issues with the Select Committee to Investigate the January 6th Attack on the United States Capitol:
- The Select Committee would be made up of 13 Members of Congress, all selected solely by the Speaker of the House.
- There is no requirement or assurance that the Committee would be bipartisan; the Speaker is only required to ‘consult’ with the Republican Leader on five selections.
- The Select Committee is authorized to spend as much money as it requires for its investigation.
- The Chair of the Select Committee is granted unilateral power to issue subpoenas, compel individuals to complete requests for further information, order depositions, or indefinitely delay requests for recorded votes.
- The House Committee on Administration, which is required to draft regulations affecting this Select Committee, did not provide any proposals before Members were asked to vote on H. Res. 503.
Congressman Doug LaMalfa is a lifelong farmer representing California’s First Congressional District, including Butte, Glenn, Lassen, Modoc, Nevada, Placer, Plumas, Shasta, Sierra, Siskiyou and Tehama Counties.