House to vote on punishing Steve King

House to vote on punishing Steve King
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House Democrats moved to punish Rep. Steve KingSteven (Steve) Arnold KingColorado GOP Rep. Scott Tipton defeated in primary upset Bottom line House GOP leaders condemn candidate who said black people should be 'proud' of Confederate statues MORE (R-Iowa) over a string of comments considered racist, with a floor vote to formally rebuke him expected on Tuesday.
 
The House is expected to take up a resolution from the No. 3 House Democrat, Majority Whip James Clyburn (S.C.), who is a senior member of the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC).
 
King met with House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthyKevin Owen McCarthyOn The Money: Breaking down the June jobs report | The biggest threats facing the recovery | What will the next stimulus bill include? McCarthy to offer bill withholding funds from states that don't protect statues McCarthy calls on Pelosi to condemn 'mob violence' after toppling of St. Junipero Serra statue MORE (R-Calif.) on Monday as Republicans also considered punishments for the lawmaker, who in an interview with The New York Times published last week questioned why the terms white supremacist and white nationalist were offensive.
 
"White nationalist, white supremacist, Western civilization — how did that language become offensive?” King said in the interview. “Why did I sit in classes teaching me about the merits of our history and our civilization?”

Clyburn noted that the resolution came a day before the birthday of Martin Luther King Jr. and invoked a line the civil rights leader's "Letter from a Birmingham Jail": that people will have to "repent, not just for the hateful words and deeds of bad people, but for the appalling silence of good people."

"I call on my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to join me in breaking the deafening silence and letting our resounding condemnation be heard," Clyburn said on the House floor.
 
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Earlier Monday, two House Democrats unveiled resolutions to censure King. Clyburn's measure is not expected to go as far as a formal censure, Democratic aides said.
 
The House took similar action in 2009 with a resolution of disapproval after Rep. Joe WilsonAddison (Joe) Graves WilsonDemocrat Teresa Leger Fernandez defeats Valerie Plame in New Mexico primary Trump campaign launches new fundraising program with House Republicans The myth about Puerto Rican statehood that won't go away MORE (R-S.C.) shouted "you lie!" at then-President Obama during a joint session of Congress.
 
Ahead of his meeting with King, McCarthy told CBS's "Face the Nation" that he is reviewing whether to let King keep his committee assignments.
 
A spokesman for King didn't immediately return a request for comment on the meeting.
 
King left the meeting without answering questions from reporters.
 
-Updated 7:35 p.m.