SPONSORED:

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
© Greg Nash

Rep. Darin LaHoodDarin McKay LaHoodRahm Emanuel predicts Trump will seek retribution against GOP opponents, won't run for reelection NRCC finance chair: Republicans who voted for Trump impeachment will not be penalized California was key factor in House GOP's 2020 success 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 TrumpUS, South Korea reach agreement on cost-sharing for troops Graham: Trump can make GOP bigger, stronger, or he 'could destroy it' Biden nominates female generals whose promotions were reportedly delayed under Trump 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.

ADVERTISEMENT

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 CheneyGOP senator defends Cheney, Murkowski after Trump rebuke Marjorie Taylor Greene's delay tactics frustrate GOP Paul Ryan to host fundraiser for Cheney amid GOP tensions MORE (R-Wyo.) and Rep. Adam KinzingerAdam Daniel KinzingerMarjorie Taylor Greene's delay tactics frustrate GOP Republicans, please save your party House GOP campaign chief: Not helpful for Trump to meddle in primaries MORE (R-Ill.) among others. 

In addition, Cheney's fellow House GOP member, Matt GaetzMatthew (Matt) GaetzSunday shows preview: Manchin makes the rounds after pivotal role in coronavirus relief debate Bipartisan bill would ban lawmakers from buying, selling stocks Some Republicans say proxy voting gives advantage to Democrats 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."

ADVERTISEMENT

"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 PerdueAdvocates warn restrictive voting bills could end Georgia's record turnout Georgia Gov. Kemp says he'd 'absolutely' back Trump as 2024 nominee Bipartisan bill would ban lawmakers from buying, selling stocks 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 EmmerThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Lawmakers face Capitol threat as senators line up votes for relief bill Rick Scott caught in middle of opposing GOP factions House GOP campaign chief: Not helpful for Trump to meddle in primaries MORE (Minn.) serving as chair of the body. Reps. Ken CalvertKenneth (Ken) Stanton CalvertMORE (Calif.), Jodey ArringtonJodey Cook ArringtonNRCC finance chair: Republicans who voted for Trump impeachment will not be penalized House GOP campaign arm rolls out new leadership team K Street navigates virtual inauguration week MORE (Texas) and Buddy CarterEarl (Buddy) Leroy CarterNRCC finance chair: Republicans who voted for Trump impeachment will not be penalized House GOP campaign arm rolls out new leadership team Georgia elections chief refutes election claims in letter to Congress 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.”