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: 'Bolton never should have been hired' Romney: Bolton firing 'a huge loss' for nation Amash says Sanford presidential bid won't impact decision on whether he runs in 2020 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 TrumpTed Cruz knocks New York Times for 'stunning' correction on Kavanaugh report US service member killed in Afghanistan Pro-Trump website edited British reality star's picture to show him wearing Trump hat 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 touts Washington Post story on GOP support Pence extends olive branch to Cummings after Trump's Baltimore attacks Marijuana industry donations to lawmakers surge in 2019: analysis MORE (R-Calif.) and House Republican Conference Chairwoman Liz CheneyElizabeth (Liz) Lynn CheneyLiz Cheney says world is more stable, 'safer' under Trump Sunday shows preview: Democratic candidates make the rounds after debate Overnight Defense: Afghanistan tops foreign policy issues at Dem debate | Erdogan says he'll discuss missile sale with Trump | US again challenges Beijing's claim to South China Sea 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.