“Normally I’m the conciliatory person, but I just said ‘screw it,’” Himes recalled to CNN, sharing that he couldn’t help calling his Republican colleagues at the time.
“I’m not going to sit here and say anything other than what we all know happened,” Himes added. “I just said, you know, I will never forgive the president for damaging our democracy so much and it’s very, very hard to see my Republican colleagues colluding in this big lie.”
“Especially for people who have experience and a history of working with each other down the aisle, I felt like things were finally starting to thaw,” a Democratic staffer, looking back on the past few months, told CNN. “Unfortunately, it feels like that has come to an end this week.”
The staffer cited opposition to the re-wearing of masks and the reality that some lawmakers were not moved by police officers’ testimony at the selected committee’s hearing as the sources of the new tension.
McCarthy pulls Republicans from second committee
Just days before his showdown with his Republican colleagues at an ambassador’s residence, Himes had come across yet another example of how political brawls affect unrelated affairs in Congress.
“It’s obviously disappointing to me that we got caught up in the whole January 6 committee issue, because we’re obviously totally, totally separate from that,” Himes told CNN.
Himes said he had spoken to McCarthy about his intentions for the select committee prior to the announcement and was given no indication that McCarthy would revoke his nominations until it happened. Though he says he hasn’t spoken to McCarthy since the decision to remove Republicans from his select committee was made, hoping “to settle things down,” Himes told CNN he plans to get in touch. with Pelosi and McCarthy about finding a way to “isolate” the committee derailed by future political battles.
‘I wish we weren’t going down this road now’
Earlier this week, a routine Rules Committee meeting turned viral back and forth over how members are talking about the January 6 uprising.
Rules Committee Chairman Jim McGovern, a Democrat from Massachusetts, pleaded with members to stick to the topic as partisan fights began to brew and detract from members’ work.
“I wish we weren’t going down this road now,” McGovern said. “We’re prone to too many generalizations right now that people paint here with a broad brush that’s imprecise. And I think if we want to go back to a time where we can actually find common ground, we all have to be a little bit cool about it. bit.”
Many members called for order, but Raskin urged Clyde to admit that he did not regret his earlier statement characterizing January 6 as “a normal tourist visit”, although Clyde refused to admit that he called the rioters. called tourists that day.
The mask mandate being reinstated in the House has only sparked a new fiery level of resentment between the two sides.
The House Republican Freedom Caucus held a press conference to pressure McCarthy to put forward a resolution to remove Pelosi from her seat. Many of them later walked back and forth between the House and Senate without masks to emphasize that mask conduction is different between the two chambers, and protested its use in the House.
And above all, the rhetoric has reached a whooping new pitch.
It starts at the top
McCarthy said he had not seen the select committee’s first hearing to January 6. When Pelosi was asked about that by CNN, she replied, “Every time you mention his name, you don’t get an answer from me. Time.”
Rank-and-file members have also taken shots at their opponent.
When McCarthy came to the House to protest the new mask mandate and question the science and logic behind the decision, Democratic Rep. Tim Ryan delivered a passionate speech calling McCarthy’s reasoning “immature and appalling” and ultimately “under a minority leader of one of the major political parties in the United States of America.”
South Carolina GOP representatives Ralph Norman called Pelosi a “disgrace,” Georgia’s Jody Hice described Pelosi’s leadership as “draconian, authoritarian rule,” and Arizona’s Andy Biggs said her “tyranny knows no bounds.”
Democratic Rep. Jared Huffman got into an argument with GOP Rep. Byron Donalds because Donalds, who told reporters he had not been vaccinated, refused to put on his mask.
Huffman, who wore a mask, said Donalds was selfish for not wearing a mask, but Donalds replied, “Don’t worry about me! Mind your business!”
GOP Representative Chip Roy, one of several right-wing Republicans who did not wear a mask on Wednesday in protest and who has tried several times to have the House suspended this week, said on the House floor: “This institution is a sham. And we should suspend and close this place.”
Some hope that the House, which is heading into a seven-week recess, will help fuel these tensions.
“Luckily, we’re all going home with the August recess in a few days, and we’re going to get a little rest from it all,” said Louisiana GOP Representative Mike Johnson.