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 confirms he won't seek reelection Democrats fear US already lost COVID-19 battle Michigan candidate's daughter urges people not to vote for him in viral tweet 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 TrumpOklahoma City Thunder players kneel during anthem despite threat from GOP state lawmaker Microsoft moving forward with talks to buy TikTok after conversation with Trump Controversial Trump nominee placed in senior role after nomination hearing canceled 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 McCarthyDon't let Trump distract us from the real threat of his presidency Overnight Health Care: Five takeaways from Fauci's testimony | CDC: Children might play 'important role' in spreading COVID-19 | GOP leader wants rapid testing at Capitol GOP leader wants to make rapid testing available at Capitol MORE (R-Calif.) and House Republican Conference Chairwoman Liz CheneyElizabeth (Liz) Lynn CheneyHouse GOP pushes back at Trump on changing election date Cheney battle raises questions about House GOP's future Democrats hope clash resonates with key bloc: Women 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.