House GOP Steering Committee selects four members for new committee positions

House GOP Steering Committee selects four members for new committee positions
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The House Republican Steering Committee selected four lawmakers on Wednesday evening to fill committee seats negotiated between Minority Leader Kevin McCarthyKevin Owen McCarthyGaetz set to endorse primary opponent of fellow Florida GOP lawmaker Bass honored US Communist Party leader in unsurfaced remarks Don't let Trump distract us from the real threat of his presidency MORE (R-Calif.) and Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiGOP chairmen hit back at accusation they are spreading disinformation with Biden probe Negotiators remain far apart on coronavirus deal as deadline looms Top federal official says more details coming on foreign election interference MORE (D-Calif.) following Republicans’ special election wins earlier this year. 

 The  31-member panel — which consists of top Republican lawmakers and is tasked with determining who is placed on certain committees  —  was able to place members on more senior committees than their previous assignments. 

The Steering members opted to place Rep. Troy Balderson (R-Ohio) on the House Agriculture Committee, Rep. Mark GreenMark GreenHouse GOP Steering Committee selects four members for new committee positions Hillicon Valley: DOJ indicts Chinese hackers accused of targeting COVID-19 research | House votes to ban TikTok on government devices McCarthy introduces legislation to sanction foreign hackers targeting COVID-19 research MORE (R-Tenn.) was selected to serve on the House Committee on Foreign Affairs; Rep. Mike Garcia (R-Calif.) was appointed to the Homeland Security Committee and Rep. Pete StauberPeter (Pete) Allen StauberOVERNIGHT ENERGY: EPA rule extends life of toxic coal ash ponds | Flint class action suit against Mich. officials can proceed, court rules | Senate Democrats introduce environmental justice bill House GOP Steering Committee selects four members for new committee positions Parties collide over police reform MORE (R-Minn.) was selected to sit on the House Committee on Natural Resources.  

It’s unclear when the committee will select members to replace Rep. Steve WatkinsSteven (Steve) Charles WatkinsThe Hill's Campaign Report: COVID-19 puts conventions in flux  The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by the Air Line Pilots Association - Virus bill unlikely to pass this week Rep. Steve Watkins loses Kansas primary after voter fraud charges MORE (R-Kansas) on his committees in the wake of the embattled Kansas Republican’s recent announcement that he was temporarily stepping down from his committee posts after being charged with three felonies and a misdemeanor. Watkins maintains there was no wrongdoing. 

The committee seats Watkins previously sat on will temporarily remain vacant, according to multiple sources with knowledge of the situation.