Democrats Forced To Compromise With GOP

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( – House Minority Leader Hakeem Jeffries (D-N.Y.) on Sunday announced that the two parties had agreed on the committee ratios for the upcoming term. In a letter that was sent to his colleagues, Jeffries wrote that the ratios in the new Congress would be similar to those they had during the Democratic majority Congress. He added that there were a few further changes as well due to changes in the committee size.

Republicans are currently in control of the House with a narrow margin of 222-212. The Democrats had a similar advantage during the last Congress.

Committee appointments were announced by the majority party leadership last week.

As Jeffries noted he does not anticipate that returning members of the House Democratic Caucus would lose their seats in most committees, with the exception being the House Committee on Ways and Means.

Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) had previously vowed that leading Democrats would be kept off key committees. These included Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) not being in the House Foreign Affairs Committee and Reps. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) and Eric Swalwell (D-Calif.) not being in the House Intelligence Committee.

Other previous promises McCarthy included reassigning Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) and Rep. Paul Gosar (R-Ariz.) to committees after they had both been removed from their seats in 2021.

Jeffries added that in some committees like the House Armed Services, Budget, Foreign Affairs, Judiciary, and Small Business committees, the ratios would be directly inverted in favor of the Republican majority.

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