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USA Today: Kinzinger says fellow Republicans who join America First caucus should lose committees

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Washington, DC, April 18, 2021 | comments

Rep. Adam Kinzinger, R-Ill.said GOP lawmakers who plan on joining the America First Caucus should be removed from their committee assignments.

A document about the America First Caucus described it as championing “Anglo-Saxon political traditions” and warning that mass immigration puts the “unique identity” of the USA at risk. The Associated Press obtained a copy of the paper, which was first reported by Punchbowl News, which covers Capitol Hill.

“I believe anyone that joins this caucus should have their committees stripped, and the Republican conference should expel them from conference participation,” Kinzinger tweeted Friday. “While we can’t prevent someone from calling themselves Republican, we can loudly say they don’t belong to us.”

The AP could not independently confirm the organization’s origins. Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fla., said he was joining and indicated that fellow conservative Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, R-Ga., was behind it.

The House voted to remove Greene from her committee assignments in February, citing a history of racist, anti-Semitic and Islamophobic comments. Kinzinger was one of 11 Republicans to vote with House Democrats to remove her.

“I believe in America First with all my heart and that means every American, of every race, creed, and color,” Greene said in a statement Saturday, slamming the media. “I have plans to drive President Trump’s America First agenda with my Congressional colleagues but we won’t let the media or anyone else push the narrative. America First policies will save this country for all of us, our children, and ultimately the world."

The document espouses a number of the former president's positions. 

Greene's spokesman, Nick Dyer, said, “This document pushed by Punchbowl was never approved or agreed to by Congresswoman Greene.”

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., tweeted, “The Republican Party is the party of Lincoln ... not nativist dog whistles." Rep. Liz Cheney, R-Wyo., the third-ranking Republican in the House, tweeted that Republicans believe “racism, nativism, and anti-Semitism are evil.”  

Punchbowl also linked Rep. Paul Gosar, R-Ariz., to the group. 

Rep. Louie Gohmert, R-Texas, said he was considering joining the caucus and said, “Yes,” when asked whether Greene and Gosar were involved with it.

 

The original article can be found on the USA Today website here.

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