Congress Chaos: Jayapal, Raja, Bera, Khanna Point Fingers At MAGA Republicans
India-West News Desk
WASHINGTON, DC – “The dysfunction we are seeing right now on the Republican side of the aisle in the House is not something I take any joy in. The American people deserve a government that is able to smoothly and competently operate, and this GOP majority is not capable of that task,” Rep. Pramila Jayapal, who represents Washington’s 7th Congressional District which covers much of Seattle, said after the vote to remove Kevin McCarthy as Speaker of the House of Representatives.
A furious Jayapal added, “They are an unserious party that operates in chaos & is unable to govern. It’s time to hand the gavel to Democrats.” She told NPR that Congress should let Republicans deal with their own problem and “let them wallow in their pigsty of incompetence and inability to govern.”
She was joined by the other Indian American congressional members who echoed her sentiments.
Raja Krishnamoorthi of Illinois said, the events “once again exposed House Republicans’ inability to govern. The American people deserve better.”
He went on WGN Radio, and talked about why he believes House Minority Leader Hakeem Jeffries would be the perfect replacement as Speaker of the House.
Ami Bera of California said in statement that the vote to remove Kevin McCarthy as Speaker was “an unprecedented action that showcases the dysfunction and infighting within the House Republican Caucus.” He added that “instead of working on critical issues facing our country, including a delayed government shutdown, extreme Republicans in Congress have taken historic steps that could bring the People’s House to a screeching halt. This is a reckless and irresponsible use of both time and government resources while there is serious work to do for the American people.”
Extreme Republicans were also mentioned by Jayapal, “In today’s extreme MAGA Republican Party, there are no moderates. They’re pushing for a nationwide abortion ban while taking our country to the brink of default. Earlier this year, Republicans drove our country to the brink of default. Last weekend, they nearly shut down the government. Now, they don’t have a Speaker.”
“Congress is at a halt, at a standstill,” said Ro Khanna of California while blaming the far-right Republicans for being more focused on theatrics than on governing. Speaking to Democracynow.org he said, “My sense is that the Republicans are still trying to figure out their leadership issue…The issue is: Are they going to be able to govern? Will the Republicans allow them to pass another continuing resolution before Thanksgiving if we can’t get a total budget deal, or are we going to be in the same situation, where a speaker is threatened to have them removed unless they shut down the government? And that’s really — it’s a structural problem for that caucus.” He added, “There is no effort to actually address the economic issues, the kitchen-table issues that affect the American public.”