House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) just reportedly joined other House Democrats to remove Progressive Rep. Katie Porter (D-CA) from the House Financial Services Committee, sparking rumors of increased infighting within the Democrat party.
The quiet change provides a new opportunity for Democrats to change leadership in the powerful Congressional committee. Porter had been a noted critic of fellow committee Democrat Maxine Waters (D-CA).
Pelosi’s approval was required to remove Porter from the committee. The Steering Committee of which Pelosi is part determines the Financial Services Committee’s members.
Despite no longer serving on the committee, Porter will continue to be on the House Oversight Committee. The Congresswoman also serves on the House Natural Resources Committee in a subcommittee role.
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) claims Porter is following through on her plans to shake up Washington.
“So many of us, regardless of ideology, run on ‘shaking up Washington.’ But then when you actually come here, there’s a lot of consequences for doing that,” said Ocasio-Cortez. “There are many strong personalities in our class, and that leads to some ruffling of feathers, because we’re sent here literally to try to disrupt.”
Porter has also been noted as a potential future California Senate candidate. Though she will not run against Sen. Alex Padilla in 2022, she could have an opportunity when Sen. Dianne Feinstein leaves office.
The Congresswoman argues she plays by the rules, despite her committee removal:
Procedural clarification: under House Dem rules, a member is allowed to serve on two non-exclusive committees. Mine are Oversight and Natural Resources. One can ask for a waiver for a third committee. I asked. Others in same situ got waivers. I did not. I play by the rules
— Katie Porter (@katieporteroc) January 15, 2021
Porter Democrat infighting may remain quiet for now, but will likely continue to fuel future efforts for California political leadership. Conservatives may see this as an opportunity to pursue new political options in the traditionally blue state.