Congressional Black Caucus calls for Steve King to be removed from committees

Congressional Black Caucus calls for Steve King to be removed from committees
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The Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) called for Rep. Steve KingSteven (Steve) Arnold KingLiz Cheney hits back at Ocasio-Cortez over concentration camp comments: 'This isn't model Congress' Ocasio-Cortez on concentration camp remarks: Liz Cheney, GOP 'manipulating pain for political purposes' Ocasio-Cortez fundraises off criticism from Steve King MORE (R-Iowa) to be removed from his committee assignments Saturday after remarks he made about white supremacy earlier this week.

CBC chairwoman Rep. Karen BassKaren Ruth BassBipartisan Judiciary members request probe into gender discrimination allegations at FBI academy Lawmakers sound alarm over violence in Sudan The Hill's Morning Report - Crunch time arrives for 2020 Dems with debates on deck MORE (D-Calif.) linked King's comments to President TrumpDonald John Trump2020 Democrats spar over socialism ahead of first debate Senate passes .5 billion border bill, setting up fight with House 'Teflon Don' avoids the scorn of the 'family values' GOP — again MORE and asked for him to be deposed.

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“Like Donald Trump,” she said, “Steve King has sought again and again to give comfort to white supremacists, something that should never be allowed in the halls of Congress or the Oval Office."

Bass characterized King's remarks as "racist" and the Iowa Republican needed more than just condemnation.

“If Republicans really believe these racist statements have no place in our government, then their party must offer more than shallow temporary statements of condemnation. Instead, they must actually condemn Mr. King by removing him from his committee assignments so that he can no longer affect policies that impact the very people he has made it clear he disdains."

"Anything less than these substantive actions is another tacit acceptance of racism from the Republican party,” Bass added.

King experienced amplified blowback after comments he made in a Thursday interview with The New York Times where he questioned why terms like "white supremacist" have been deemed racist.

“White nationalist, white supremacist, Western civilization — how did that language become offensive?” he asked in the Times interview.

King attempted to defuse the controversy on Friday, saying on the House floor that he regrets “the heartburn” his remarks have caused in Congress and Iowa.

The comments have received bipartisan backlash over the last few days.

Both of Iowa's Republican senators, Chuck GrassleyCharles (Chuck) Ernest GrassleyThe Hill's Morning Report - Democratic debates: Miami nice or spice? Senate Finance leaders in talks on deal to limit drug price increases Million-dollar drugs pose new challenge for Congress MORE and Joni ErnstJoni Kay ErnstMitt Romney: Rape allegation against Trump should be 'evaluated' GOP senator declines to directly address rape allegations against Trump GOP frets about Trump's poll numbers MOREcondemned the questions as "offensive."

Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiSenate passes .5 billion border bill, setting up fight with House Pelosi: Congress will receive election security briefing in July Trump says he spoke to Pelosi, McConnell on border package MORE (D-Calif.) suggested that some punitive action may be taken against King for the remarks.