Pennsylvania Republican expected to replace Amash on Oversight

Pennsylvania Republican expected to replace Amash on Oversight
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Rep. Fred Keller (R-Pa.) is expected to replace Rep. Justin AmashJustin AmashAmash responds to 'Send her back' chants at Trump rally: 'This is how history's worst episodes begin' GOP House campaign chair condemns 'send her back' chants: 'There's no place for that kind of talk' Trump primary challenger Bill Weld responds to rally chants: 'We are in a fight for the soul of the GOP' MORE on the House Oversight and Reform Committee in the wake of the Michigan lawmaker leaving the Republican Party, multiple House GOP Steering Committee members told The Hill.

Amash submitted his letter to party leadership on Monday, officially resigning from the House Republican Conference. Under chamber rules, he has effectively resigned his position on the committee, which conducts oversight of the Trump administration.

The Michigan lawmaker, who has been a vocal critic of President TrumpDonald John TrumpAmash responds to 'Send her back' chants at Trump rally: 'This is how history's worst episodes begin' McConnell: Trump 'on to something' with attacks on Dem congresswomen Trump blasts 'corrupt' Puerto Rico's leaders amid political crisis MORE and called for the president's impeachment, announced last week in a Fourth of July op-ed that he was leaving the GOP, saying the party no longer represented ideals he supported. He officially filed as an Independent with the clerk of the House on Tuesday.

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"Please accept this letter as formal notification that I am withdrawing my membership in the House Republican Conference, effective immediately, for the reasons outlined in my accompanying op-ed," Amash wrote to House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthyKevin Owen McCarthyTrump slams House impeachment vote as 'most ridiculous project' House votes to kill impeachment effort against Trump White House, Congress inch toward debt, budget deal MORE (R-Calif.) and House Republican Conference Chairwoman Liz CheneyElizabeth (Liz) Lynn CheneyLiz Cheney calls Ayanna Pressley's comments at Netroots Nation 'racist' Lawmakers introduce bill to block U.S. companies from doing business with Huawei Cheney blasts Ocasio-Cortez over DHS dissolution MORE (R-Wyo.) this week.

"Consistent with Clause 5(b) of Rule X of the Rules of the House of Representatives, I also am resigning from the Committee on Oversight and Reform," he added.

Keller, who won the special election for Pennsylvania's 12th Congressional District in May and appeared alongside Trump at a rally earlier this year, is also expected to be added to the House Education and Labor Committee.

The decision to add Keller to the committees still needs to be ratified before he is officially placed on the panels.