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Rep. Mark Amodei (R-NV) sees political motivations in the House Insurgency Committee’s recent Jan. 6 review of GOP voters in seven states, including Nevada, which filed documents falsely claiming President Donald Trump won those states in the 2020 election.
“The majority party in the House is doing its job, just like it did twice impeaching the guy,” Amodei said in an interview Wednesday. “And now it’s like, ‘well, oh, by the way, we’ve got this thing with these six or seven states’…maybe it’s the shot of oxygen to keep this thing alive. for another week, or whatever, as we get to the midpoints.
Amodei’s comment came before the House committee on Friday issued subpoenas to 14 people, including Nevada’s Republican Party chairman Michael McDonald and secretary James DeGraffenreid, who both signed documents sent to the National Archives in an effort to secure the state’s electoral votes for Trump. The panel also wants all 14 to appear for questioning next month.
“We believe the people we subpoenaed today have information about how these so-called alternate voters met and who was behind this scheme,” Representative Bennie Thompson (D-MS), chairman of the Jan. 6 committee, said in a statement.
Amodei said the NV GOP voter effort was just “political talk” written by people “very upset” about the election results, and any attempt to squeeze more out of it is purely political.
The Nevada Republican added that he does not believe the effort violates any laws, in part because the documents submitted by NV GOP voters were clearly unofficial, without a governor’s seal and without reference to a ” final determination” or “certificate”. observation”, which is “a technical term that has been around for a very long time.
“Whoever told them which form to use did a shoddy job,” Amodei said.
Amodei also pointed to the many growing factors that indicate Democrats could lose a majority in the House, including President Joe Biden’s low approval ratings. According to FiveThirtyEightmonitoring of polls, only 41.7% of voters approve of the president’s work.
“November is a long way off politically, but right now things don’t look like a very pretty sunrise for the majority party in the House when it comes to these elections,” Amodei continued.
Analysis and survey company Gallup found that presidents who had approval ratings below 50% tended to lose an average of 37 House seats in midterm elections. House Democrats currently hold a 10-seat advantage over the GOP.
The Department of Justice (DOJ) also said it was investigating bogus voters. Democratic Gov. Steve Sisiolak said he believes they committed a crime. His words echoed those of Thompson, who recently said that the fake voters may have committed fraud by seeking to file unofficial documents.
Amodei said it was selfish of Sisolak to weigh in the way he did because he is on the ballot in November. He also said it could hurt the governor with independent voters who are increasingly likely to play a crucial role in deciding who will lead the state next year. Registration numbers for non-party voters exceeded those for Democrats or Republicans.
“You’re getting closer to areas of unforced error,” Amodei said of the governor’s remark.
He welcomed the more measured response from Attorney General Aaron Ford, who has so far refused to confirm or deny he was investigating, as is standard procedure in such cases. After the DOJ revealed it was screening voters, Ford, who is also running for office in November, said CNN that he welcomed the announcement and would provide “all possible support in this endeavour”.
Amodei’s comments come after Trump adviser Boris Epshteyn said MSNBC that he was part of an organized effort led by Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani to count alternative voter lists for Trump. The voters’ existence was used as a pretext for Vice President Mike Pence, who has a ceremonial role presiding over congressional certification of the presidential elections, for not accepting the results, according to the Jan. 6 panel.
When asked if the attempt alone, even if poorly executed, could rise to the level of fraud, Amodei was skeptical.
“What they did speaks for itself,” he said. “Look, it was a political speech, where people were very upset. And I get all of that and I understand that and so it’s like, ‘oh, my god, we’re going to put our money where our mouth is at. terms of buying a piece of paper and signing it, we are Republican presidential voters and we are voting for Trump.’”
And that push came after all of the state’s legal avenues were pursued and settled against Trump, he pointed out.
“So when you say ‘fraud’ or ‘misleading’ or ‘fake’ or whatever…on a personal level, I just mean, ‘Really? Are you serious?’ said Amodei.
Amodei, who is also running for re-election after running for governor, appeared to be singing the same hymnbook as Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, who recently said CNN that GOP candidates are expected to pass the 2020 election.
“An election is about connecting with voters,” Amodei said. “And I’ll just tell you, I don’t think there’s much potential for a connection in telling people what happened in the last election.”
The House and Senate were on vacation this week, but members of the state’s congressional delegation were working in their districts and around the state.
Sen. Jacky Rosen (D-NV) has touted new support for national and Nevada-based business groups for her tourism bill, which would create a new Department of Commerce position dedicated to tourism.
Rosen and Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto (D-NV) also signed a letter, dated Tuesday, along with 15 other Democrats, to Social Security Administration (SSA) Commissioner Kilolo Kijakazi, asking for an update. on SSA’s efforts to improve field office services for beneficiaries amid the continuing challenges imposed by the COVID-19 pandemic.
“[A] The SSA Inspector General’s November 2021 report found that nearly half of the 151 million callers to field offices and the national 800 number went unanswered, including 16.4 million callers who abandoned while waiting in the queue”, the letter said. “Many of these service issues persisted long before the pandemic, but COVID-19 has amplified and exacerbated these service gaps for everyone, especially those whose only source of income is Social Security, Supplemental Security Income (SSI), or both.”
representing Dina Titus (D-NV) signed on a memoir friend of the court along with 191 other members of Congress in favor of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and its power to regulate greenhouse gases. West Virginia sued the EPA in the U.S. Supreme Court over whether the Clean Air Act gave the EPA that authority. Arguments are set for February 28.
Rep. Susie Lee (D-NV) and Rep. Steven Horsford (D-NV) signed a letter, with 22 other House Democrats, calling on Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) to quickly organize a vote on the recently unveiled innovation legislation. The America COMPETES Act includes $52 billion to encourage domestic semiconductor manufacturing and $45 billion to improve the country’s supply chains.
“This legislation deserves a place at the top of the agenda, and we thank you for your continued commitment to getting it passed,” the letter said. “We continue to hear from constituents who are rightly concerned about supply chain backlogs and rising commodity prices.”
For a full look at the measures delegates supported or opposed this week, see The Nevada IndependentCongressional vote tracking and other information below.