House GOP Leaders Remove Rep. Steve King From Committee Assignments

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House GOP Leaders Remove Rep. Steve King From Committee Assignments
Lawmakers voted Monday night to remove Rep. Steve King from his committee assignments amid racist comments published last week in the New York Times.
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Lawmakers voted to remove Iowa Republican Rep. Steve King from his committee assignments amid racist comments published last week in The New York Times. House minority leader Kevin McCarthy made the announcement Monday night saying the steering committee unanimously voted for his removal.

In that article, King made comments about white nationalism. He said, "White nationalist, white supremacist, Western civilization — how did that language become offensive?"

McCarthy said voters will decide the fate of King's future in the House but added, "we spoke loud and clear that we will not tolerate this in the Republican Party." Earlier in the day, Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell and Sen. Mitt Romney condemned King's actions.

This isn't the first time King has been accused of making "incendiary comments related to race and immigration," according to CNN.

King serves on the House Judiciary, Agriculture and Small Business committees and was elected in November to serve his ninth term.

King issued a statement responding to the Republican committee's vote saying, "Leader McCarthy's decision to remove me from committees is a political decision that ignores the truth."

The House will likely vote Tuesday on a resolution to disapprove of King's actions. 

Additional reporting from Newsy affiliate CNN