Since winning the House majority, Republicans voted Tuesday to create two new investigative committees. One will focus on the Biden administration and the Department of Justice, and the second will investigate China.
Newly elected House Speaker, Kevin McCarthy, agreed to form both committees as part of the concessions he made to win the speakership.
The first panel is a select subcommittee on “the weaponization of the federal government,” which will investigate the actions of the executive branch and will also focus on the DOJ’s raid of former President Donald Trump’s residence at Mar-a-Lago. The committee is to be headed by Jim Jordan, who announced in a speech that he intends to investigate the government’s attacks on Americans’ First Amendment rights.
The second committee’s purpose is to increase the U.S.’ competitiveness with China and is focused on the “strategic competition between the United States and the Chinese Communist Party (CCP).” The new committee will focus on “bringing jobs back to America, securing our intellectual property, protecting our farmland and more,” McCarthy said.
The panel on China will be led by Rep. Mike Gallagher (R-WI) and be comprised of 16 members who will investigate the economic, technological, and security progress of the CCP. The committee was created with a 365-65 vote.
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Gallagher said of the vote, “I was very excited t see that it was overwhelmingly bipartisan. I do think to the extent possible, if Congress can speak with a unified voice on this issue and if, to the extent possible, politics can stop at the water’s edge, our foreign policy is stronger for it.
Democrats immediately brought up concerns of racial profiling when the vote for the China committee was brought to the floor, with Judy Chou (D-CA) saying, “This committee cannot be used to promote policies that result in the racial profiling of Asian Americans but should directly focus on specific concerns related to the government of the People’s Republic of China.”
With a promise to remove power from the Congressional elite and a long overdue need for oversight of Chinese actions, the two committees are small steps in the right direction.