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NRCC finance chair: Republicans who voted for Trump impeachment will not be penalized

NRCC finance chair: Republicans who voted for Trump impeachment will not be penalized
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Rep. Darin LaHoodDarin McKay LaHoodThe case for improving America's research and experimentation tax credit To encourage innovation, Congress should pass two bills protecting important R&D tax provision GOP leader to try to force Swalwell off panel MORE (R-Ill.), finance chair of the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC), on Thursday affirmed that the House lawmakers who voted to impeach former President TrumpDonald TrumpWhite House denies pausing military aid package to Ukraine Poll: 30 percent of GOP voters believe Trump will 'likely' be reinstated this year Black Secret Service agent told Trump it was offensive to hold rally in Tulsa on Juneteenth: report MORE would still receive funding for their respective reelection campaigns.

During a phone interview with Politico, LaHood said that gaining control of the House in 2022 was more important than punishing Republican lawmakers by depriving their campaigns of cash.

Ten House Republicans voted to impeach Trump for a second time for his role in inciting the insurrection at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, marking the most bipartisan impeachment vote in U.S. history.

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Their votes to impeach Trump have caused division within the GOP at both the state and national levels, with some state Republican committees passing resolutions to censure Rep. Liz CheneyElizabeth (Liz) Lynn CheneyCheney: 'It is disgusting and despicable' to see Gosar 'lie' about Jan. 6 GOP's Stefanik defends Trump DOJ secret subpoenas McCarthy pushes back on Biden criticism of GOP at NATO MORE (R-Wyo.) and Rep. Adam KinzingerAdam Daniel KinzingerKinzinger: Conspiracy theory FBI planned Jan. 6 example of 'legacy of Trump and Trumpism' Cheney rips Arizona election audit: 'It is an effort to subvert democracy' Why the Democrats need Joe Manchin MORE (R-Ill.) among others. 

In addition, Cheney's fellow House GOP member, Matt GaetzMatthew (Matt) GaetzKinzinger: Conspiracy theory FBI planned Jan. 6 example of 'legacy of Trump and Trumpism' 21 Republicans vote against awarding medals to police who defended Capitol Florida congressional candidate says opponents conspiring to kill her MORE (Fla.), has called for Cheney to be removed from power.

Kinzinger, LaHood's fellow Illinoian, has acknowledged that his vote may have ended his political career, but has so far stood by his decision, launching a PAC to challenge the GOP’s embrace of “Trumpism.”

When asked if the 10 GOP lawmakers who voted to impeach would still receive funding for their campaigns, LaHood responded, “Absolutely.”

"If we are going to become the majority party — which I think we will — you’ve got to accept that we’re a big tent," LaHood said. “I have tried to take that philosophy and that attitude of that’s how we’ll become the majority party."

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"I look at our freshman class that just came in, and that diversity is what we have to build off,” LaHood added.

Republicans in several states picked up congressional seats, weakening the Democrats' grip on the U.S. House. Democrats also did not take back the Senate by sweeping margins in 2020, though they won the majority after former Georgia Sens. David PerdueDavid PerdueLoeffler meets with McConnell amid speculation of another Senate run Georgia agriculture commissioner launches Senate campaign against Warnock Georgia Republican secretary of state hits Loeffler as 'weak,' 'fake Trumper' MORE and Kelly Leoffler lost their runoff elections to Democrats. Currently, Vice President Harris serves as the tie-breaking vote in a 50-50 Senate. 

LaHood continued, “The fact that we didn’t lose one incumbent [in 2020] is pretty incredible, and then to pick up all the seats that we did, so our job at the NRCC is to protect our incumbents, and the money we help raise will go to that."

In a statement to The Hill, NRCC spokesman Michael McAdams said, "The NRCC’s stance has not changed. We support our members in general elections and do not get involved in primaries. We look forward to building on last cycle’s successes and retaking the majority.”

The NRCC rolled out a new leadership team on Thursday with Rep. Tom EmmerThomas (Tom) Earl EmmerHouse Democrats' campaign arm raises almost million in May Hillicon Valley: Senate unanimously confirms Chris Inglis as first White House cyber czar | Scrutiny mounts on Microsoft's surveillance technology | Senators unveil bill to crack down on cyber criminals Republican House campaign arm says it will begin soliciting cryptocurrency donations MORE (Minn.) serving as chair of the body. Reps. Ken CalvertKenneth (Ken) Stanton CalvertMORE (Calif.), Jodey ArringtonJodey Cook ArringtonThe case for improving America's research and experimentation tax credit Republicans attack Biden agenda after disappointing jobs report To encourage innovation, Congress should pass two bills protecting important R&D tax provision MORE (Texas) and Buddy CarterEarl (Buddy) Leroy CarterBottom line Herschel Walker skips Georgia's GOP convention Georgia agriculture commissioner launches Senate campaign against Warnock MORE (Ga.) will serve as deputy chairs.

“House Republicans stand united in our efforts to retake the House majority and hold Democrats accountable for their job-killing policies,” Emmer said. “We are looking forward to building on the success we saw in 2020 and finishing the job we started.”