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 KingMan arrested for allegedly throwing glass of water at Steve King House Dem renews call for censuring Steve King Louisiana rep calls Steve King a 'white supremacist' after Katrina comment 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 BassAdvocate says Native American women more likely to be victims of violence This week: Trump set for Senate setback on emergency declaration The Hill's Morning Report - Pelosi's challenge: Getting Dems back on same page MORE (D-Calif.) linked King's comments to President TrumpDonald John TrumpPapadopoulos claims he was pressured to sign plea deal Tlaib asking colleagues to support impeachment investigation resolution Trump rips 'Mainstream Media': 'They truly are the Enemy of the People' 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 GrassleySenate GOP eyes probes into 2016 issues 'swept under the rug' Treasury expands penalty relief to more taxpayers Overnight Health Care: Senators seek CBO input on preventing surprise medical bills | Oversight panel seeks OxyContin documents | Pharmacy middlemen to testify on prices | Watchdog warns air ambulances can put patients at 'financial risk' MORE and Joni ErnstJoni Kay ErnstCrenshaw to Trump: 'Stop talking about McCain' Stop asking parents to sacrifice Social Security benefits for paid family leave Senate votes to confirm Neomi Rao to appeals court MOREcondemned the questions as "offensive."

Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy Patricia D'Alesandro PelosiThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Pass USMCA Coalition - Dems look for traction following Barr-Mueller findings Democrats face dilemma after Mueller probe ends Raskin embraces role as constitutional scholar MORE (D-Calif.) suggested that some punitive action may be taken against King for the remarks.