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Rep. Lauren Boebert took to social media on Wednesday to alert Americans concerned about the ongoing crisis along the U.S.-Mexico border that Republicans are on the case and ready to delve into the issue.
“Mark your calendars. The week of Feb 6th. A @GOPoversight hearing on the invasion at our southern border. Time to get to the bottom of this mess. Buckle up!” the Colorado Republican, now a member of the influential House Oversight Committee, tweeted.
Boebert landed a spot on the coveted panel, having been assigned the seat by the McCarthy-led House Steering Committee.
The outlet noted: “The appointment gives the outspoken Colorado Republican outsized influence on looming investigations into three-letter agencies like the CIA and FBI that McCarthy—whom Boebert vocally opposed for the speaker post—had hinted at in the lead-up to Republicans taking the majority this past November.”
Mark your calendars.
The week of Feb 6th.
A @GOPoversight hearing on the invasion at our southern border.
Time to get to the bottom of this mess.
— Rep. Lauren Boebert (@RepBoebert) January 19, 2023
The appointment, which Boebert announced in a tweet, comes even after her public rebukes of McCarthy in the media as well as on the House floor in the days prior to the start of the 118th Congress, in which she voted for someone other than McCarthy more than a dozen times before finally yielding.
During one particularly tense moment during a speaker vote, Boebert declared, “Let’s stop with the campaign smears and tactics to get people to turn against us, even having my favorite president [Donald Trump] call us and tell us we need to knock this off.
“I think it actually needs to be reversed—the president needs to tell [Representative] Kevin McCarthy that ‘sir, you do not have the votes and it’s time to withdraw,’” she added at the time.
But all of that appears to have been resolved, as evidenced by Boebert’s assignment, and it serves as more evidence of some last-minute dealmaking between McCarthy and the GOP holdouts in order for him to secure their support.
“We changed the way bills will be passed,” Boebert said in a news release at the time. “We changed the way the government will be funded. We changed the ways committees will be formed. We secured votes on term limits, the fair tax, the Texas Border Plan, and so much more.”
A statement from Boebert’s office following her appointment noted: “As an advocate for transparency and reform, I will pursue the truth, conduct effective oversight, and fight to root out waste, fraud, and abuse throughout the federal government.
“I look forward to working with Chairman James Comer and supporting his mission to eliminate mismanagement in the federal government by investigating the border and fentanyl crises, COVID relief fraud, government collusion with big tech to censor Americans, the botched Afghanistan withdrawal, the energy crisis, COVID origins, and the Biden family’s shady business schemes,” she added.
Earlier this month, Texas Republican Rep. Chip Roy sounded the alarm on just how bad the immigration crisis has gotten at the U.S.-Mexico border, calling for President Joe Biden and Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas to be impeached.
Roy spoke about the number of illegal immigrants encountered at America’s southern border, which got a response from conservative commentator Jesse Kelly, who said: “What Joe Biden is doing at our border is impeachable. It’s more impeachable than Watergate. This is an attack on the sovereignty of America and it’s coming from the Oval Office. Republicans should move to impeach after 2022.”
Roy responded to Kelly’s tweet by endorsing the idea of impeaching Biden and Mayorkas.
Meanwhile, a year-end report by the House did not shed a nice light on the president’s immigration policies. The report showed that more migrants were caught at the border in October and November of 2022 than in the entirety of 2020, the Center For Immigration Studies reported.
Andrew Arthur, who is a former immigration court judge and is now with the Center for Immigration Studies, said that the 411,000 illegal immigrants caught crossing in those months were greater than those caught in the entirety of 2020.