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Sunday shows preview: House GOP removes Cheney from leadership position; CDC issues new guidance for fully vaccinated Americans

Sunday shows preview: House GOP removes Cheney from leadership position; CDC issues new guidance for fully vaccinated Americans
© Greg Nash

House Republicans’ removal this week of Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) as their conference chair and an updated Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidance on vaccinated individuals are expected to dominate this week’s Sunday talk shows. 

House GOP members voted to oust Cheney Wednesday from her leadership position after the Wyoming congresswoman's repeated criticisms of former President TrumpDonald TrumpWhat blue wave? A close look at Texas today tells of a different story Democrats go down to the wire with Manchin Trump's former bodyguard investigated in NY prosectors' probe: report MORE and his unsupported claims of widespread fraud in the 2020 election. 

Trump allies in Congress publicly defended the move, including Rep. Jim JordanJames (Jim) Daniel JordanHillicon Valley: Cyber agency says SolarWinds hack could have been deterred | Civil rights groups urge lawmakers to crack down on Amazon's 'dangerous' worker surveillance | Manchin-led committee puts forth sprawling energy infrastructure proposal White House slaps down Jim Jordan attack on gas prices GOP divided over bills targeting tech giants MORE (R-Ohio), who argued, “You can't have a conference chair who recites Democrat talking points.” 

Other Republicans have expressed dismay over the vote, including 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.), who along with Cheney were among the 10 House Republicans who voted to impeach Trump for his role in inciting the Jan. 6 Capitol riot. 

Kinzinger, who is set to appear on NBC’s “Meet the Press” on Sunday, said in a statement on Twitter this week that the vote to oust Cheney marked a “low point” for the Republican Party. 

GOP Senators also expressed concern over the move, with Sen. Joni ErnstJoni Kay ErnstOvernight Defense: Pentagon details military construction projects getting .2B restored from wall funds | Biden chooses former commander to lead Navy | Bill seeks to boost visa program for Afghans who helped US Meghan McCain: Harris 'sounded like a moron' discussing immigration Senate bill would add visas, remove hurdles to program for Afghans who helped US MORE (R-Iowa), the only woman in Senate Republicans’ elected leadership team, calling Cheney’s ousting an example of “cancel culture.”

Ernst is scheduled to appear on CBS’s “Face the Nation” this week. 

Since the vote, Cheney has doubled down on her criticisms of Trump, telling reporters Wednesday that she will do “everything” in her power to keep Trump away from the Oval Office if he runs again in 2024. 

Cheney will appear in interviews on both ABC’s “This Week” and “Fox News Sunday.” 

In clips of the ABC interview shared earlier this week, Cheney revealed that she regretted voting for Trump in the 2020 election, and also said that House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthyKevin McCarthyHillicon Valley: Cyber agency says SolarWinds hack could have been deterred | Civil rights groups urge lawmakers to crack down on Amazon's 'dangerous' worker surveillance | Manchin-led committee puts forth sprawling energy infrastructure proposal Chuck Todd reluctant to 'ban' election deniers from 'Meet the Press' GOP divided over bills targeting tech giants MORE (R-Calif.) should “absolutely” testify before the Congressional commission established to investigate the Jan. 6 mob attack. 

House Republicans on Friday voted to replace Cheney with Rep. Elise StefanikElise Marie StefanikWhite House denies pausing military aid package to Ukraine Canadian ambassador calls for close coordination in handling of US border Five takeaways on the Supreme Court's Obamacare decision MORE (R-N.Y.), who was backed by Trump and top House GOP leaders. 

Stefanik after Friday’s vote committed herself to keeping Republicans unified as they look to regain majority control over the House in the 2022 midterm elections, telling reporters that the “American people are suffering under the far-left, socialist policies of President Joe BidenJoe BidenMilitary must better understand sexual assaults to combat them The Hill's Equilibrium — Presented by NextEra Energy — Tasmanian devil wipes out penguin population On The Money: Democrats make full-court press on expanded child tax credit | White House confident Congress will raise debt ceiling MORE and Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiDemocrats make full-court press on expanded child tax credit Maria Bartiromo defends reporting: 'Keep trashing me, I'll keep telling the truth' Democratic clamor grows for select committee on Jan. 6 attack MORE.” 

Stefanik is scheduled to appear on Fox News’s “Sunday Morning Futures” this week. 

Amid the leadership shakeup on Capitol Hill, the CDC announced Thursday that those who have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 do not need to wear masks indoors or outdoors, except in certain situations. 

Following the announcement, states and businesses across the country began lifting mask requirements to align with the new CDC guidance. 

CDC Director Rochelle WalenskyRochelle WalenskyThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Biden support, gas tax questions remain on infrastructure Overnight Health Care: Biden touts 300 million vaccine doses in 150 days | Biden warns of 'potentially deadlier' delta variant | Public option fades with little outcry from progressives Biden warns of 'potentially deadlier' delta variant, urges public to get vaccine MORE on Thursday said that the agency issued the updated guidance after additional data in the past few weeks indicated further evidence of the effectiveness of vaccines at preventing the transmission of COVID-19, as well as the vaccine’s ability to work against variants of the infection. 

Walensky is scheduled to make a round of appearances on this week’s Sunday talk shows, with interviews expected on ABC, NBC, CNN and Fox News. 

Gov. Larry Hogan (R-Md.), who on Friday joined other states in lifting its universal mask mandate in response to the updated CDC guidance, will appear on CNN’s “State of the Union” on Sunday. 

Below is the full list of guests scheduled to appear on this week’s Sunday talk shows:

ABC’s “This Week” — Cheney; Walensky. 

NBC’s “Meet the Press” — Walensky; Reps. Kinzinger and Dan CrenshawDaniel CrenshawChuck Todd reluctant to 'ban' election deniers from 'Meet the Press' Cotton, Pentagon chief tangle over diversity training in military The hypocrisy of weeding out identity politics in the military MORE (R-Texas).

CBS’ “Face the Nation" — Sens. Ernst and Kirsten GillibrandKirsten GillibrandOur new praetorian guard? Gillibrand: Military must make changes beyond sexual assault cases COVID-19 long-haulers press Congress for paid family leave MORE (D-N.Y.); Rep. Adam SchiffAdam Bennett SchiffDemocratic lawmakers not initially targeted in Trump DOJ leak probe: report Sunday shows - Voting rights, infrastructure in the spotlight Schiff calls Iranian presidential election 'predetermined' MORE (D-N.Y.); Christopher Krebs, former director of the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency.

CNN’s “State of the Union” — Walensky; Hogan; Rep. Fred UptonFrederick (Fred) Stephen UptonFauci: Emails highlight confusion about Trump administration's mixed messages early in pandemic Why Republican politicians are sticking with Trump Progressives nearly tank House Democrats' Capitol security bill MORE (R-Mich.). 

“Fox News Sunday” — Cheney, Walensky.

Fox News Channel’s “Sunday Morning Futures” — Stefanik; Sen. John BarrassoJohn Anthony BarrassoObama land management chief says Biden nominee should withdraw over tree-spiking incident Juan Williams: Trump's GOP descends into farce Democrats facing tough reelections back bipartisan infrastructure deal MORE (R-Wyo.); Rep. Devin NunesDevin Gerald NunesTech privacy practices under scrutiny after DOJ subpoenas GOP's Stefanik defends Trump DOJ secret subpoenas CNN reporter's phone and email records secretly obtained by Trump administration: report MORE (R-Calif.); Mike PompeoMike PompeoWhite House denies pausing military aid package to Ukraine The Hill's Morning Report - ObamaCare here to stay The Hill's Morning Report - After high-stakes Biden-Putin summit, what now? MORE, former U.S. secretary of State, Fox News contributor.