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- GOP Freedom Caucus members initially held out on voting for Kevin McCarthy for House speaker.
- Many have now received key appointments, including Lauren Boebert on the Oversight Committee.
- McCarthy reportedly flipped members of the group by pledging committee seats for ultraconservatives.
Members of the ultra-conservative Freedom Caucus have benefited from holding back on supporting Rep. Kevin McCarthy’s bid for House Speaker, with members, including Rep. Lauren Boebert, now receiving roles on key committees.
Boebert and several other Freedom Caucus Republicans have been given seats on the House Oversight Committee, the main oversight body in the House of Representatives.
The committee will lead any investigations that Republicans launch into President Joe Biden and his administration.
Boebert has regularly criticized Biden, both questioning his competence and suggesting that his family are a “crime family.”
Reps. Byron Donalds, Paul Gosar, and Scott Perry, other members of the Freedom Caucus, were also put on the committee, Axios reported.
Members of the Freedom Caucus, which include vocal Trump supporters and 2020 election deniers, repeatedly refused to support McCarthy in his bid for House speaker.
It took 15 rounds of voting for McCarthy to eventually get the support he required. Boebert never voted for him, even in the final ballot, when she was one of six holdouts.
McCarthy’s bid to become the House speaker earlier this month was one of the most drawn out votes for the position in history. Most of the holdouts were members of the Freedom Caucus, with many of those flipping to vote for McCarthy in later ballots only after he agreed to key demands.
The New York Times reported in January that among the concessions McCarthy agreed to was granting ultraconservative members of the party approval over a third of the seats on the Rules Committee, which controls which legislation reaches the House floor.
Rep. Andy Bigs, a caucus member who didn’t vote for McCarthy, and Rep. Dan Bishop, a caucus member who eventually gave his support, have kept their roles on the House Judiciary Committe, NBC News reported.
Meanwhile, Rep. Josh Brecheen, who voted for McCarthy on the 12th ballot, was given a seat on the Homeland Security Committee, while Reps. Mike Cloud and Andrew Clyde, who both eventually voted for McCarthy, have been given seats on the House Appropriations Committee.
Caucus member Marjorie Taylor Greene, who supported McCarthy throughout the process, was given a seat on the Homeland Security and Oversight Committees, and pledged on Tuesday to investigate Biden.
It is still not clear how much power McCarthy had to concede to finally get the role he has long coveted, Insider’s Taiyler Simone Mitchell reported earlier this month.
Republicans won control of the House in the November midterms, but only by a slim majority, meaning that internal disagreements could limit their chance of pushing ahead with stated goals, including launching investigations into the Biden administration.
Republicans have 222 seats in the House, compared with 213 for the Democrats.