Last Updated on January 9, 2023
Rep. Mike Rogers (R-AL) will reportedly be abandoning his role on the House Steering Committee.
Rogers’ reported stepping down from the Steering Committee comes days after the Alabama rep. had to be physically restrained from lunging at Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) following Gaetz’s “present” vote on the 14th ballot, which prevented Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) from being elected House Speaker. Politico first reported the news about Rogers.
The Steering Committee wields a lot of power since it decides which representatives will be assigned to House committees. The Steering Committee’s members are elected by region or chosen by party leaders. Rep. Rogers currently represents a region that encompasses both Alabama and Tennessee.
Politico’s Olivia Beavers tweeted that Rogers’ potential stepping-down is not set in stone and is also something “he says he is doing this on his own accord, no one is encouraging him to take this step.”
The Alabama rep. is also the chair of the Armed Services Committee, which Rep. Gaetz was also a part of. National File previously reported on the Rogers/Gaetz spat during the House Speaker election:
After the Florida rep. voted “present” and the vote failed, an animated McCarthy was seen walking up to try and get Gaetz to change his mind. McCarthy appears to have mouthed the word “committee” at one point.
Rep. Gaetz is currently serving on the House Armed Services Committee.
After McCarthy walked away from Gaetz, Rep. Mike Rogers, who was watching the McCarthy-Gaetz conversation from the top of the chamber, approached Gaetz.
Rogers attempted to lunge at Gaetz but was physically restrained by Rep. Richard Hudson (R-NC)…
Gaetz appeared on Fox News Sunday offering forgiveness to the Alabama rep. and said he did not think “there should be any punishment or reprisal just because he had an animated moment.”
“@RepMikeRogersAL and I have a six-year productive, working relationship. We’re going to work together wonderfully going forward. I don’t think there should be any punishment or reprisal just because he had an animated moment. He has my forgiveness,” Gaetz tweeted out.
“@RepMattGaetz and I have a long and productive working relationship, that I am sure will continue. I regret that I briefly lost my temper on the House Floor Friday evening and appreciate Matt’s kind understanding,” Rogers responded.
.@RepMattGaetz and I have a long and productive working relationship, that I am sure will continue. I regret that I briefly lost my temper on the House Floor Friday evening and appreciate Matt’s kind understanding. https://t.co/8GmbJHO3cK
— Mike Rogers (@RepMikeRogersAL) January 8, 2023
Stay tuned to National File for any updates.