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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 McCarthyTop Republicans praise Trump's Flynn pardon Richmond says GOP 'reluctant to stand up and tell the emperor he wears no clothes' Sunday shows preview: Biden transition, COVID-19 spike in spotlight MORE (R-Calif.) and Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiClub for Growth to launch ad blitz in Georgia to juice GOP turnout Governors take heat for violating their own coronavirus restrictions Spending deal clears obstacle in shutdown fight 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 GreenEvery military family deserves our gratitude Cheney seeks to cool tensions with House conservatives USAID deputy leader ousted in staff shakeup amid vote counting 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 Stauber3 congressmen on Air Force One with Trump took commercial flight after president's diagnosis Trump, Biden vie for Minnesota Minnesota Rep. Pete Stauber glides to victory in GOP primary 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 WatkinsRepublicans hold on to competitive Kansas House seat Ethics panel opens probe into Rep. Watkins after voter fraud charges The Hill's Campaign Report: COVID-19 puts conventions in flux  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.