Trump allies target Katko over infrastructure vote

Trump loyalists furious at 13 House Republicans who joined Democrats President BidenJoe Biden Biden Reaffirms His Commitment To Taiwan’s ‘One China’ Policy In Call With Xi Biden Raises Human Rights With China’s Xi During Four-Hour Biden Meeting, Xi Holds ‘Candid’ Discussion Amid Highs tensions MORE an infrastructure victory targeted the Rep. of New York directly Tuesday. John katkoJohn Michael Katko Republican Party centrists face increased attacks from party-own lawmakers who opposed their parties on infrastructure bill T Hillicon Valley – Feds target security-critical groups national MORE, leader of a moderate gang of Republicans.

In a closed-door meeting on Capitol Hill, Rep. Dan Bishop (RN.C.) launched an effort to topple Katko as the top Republican on the Homeland Security Committee, sources in the room said. Bishop serves under Katko on the Homeland panel.

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthyPLUS (D-Calif), who has urged the grassroots to stay together and maintain their focus on regaining the majority next year, referred Bishop’s motion to the influential GOP Steering Committee. That committee can vote and recommend that the entire Republican conference remove Katko or simply not act on it.

The push comes as Katko and a dozen other Republicans who backed Biden’s $ 1.2 trillion infrastructure package have faced threats of retaliation from former President TrumpDonald Trump House Freedom Caucus Elects Rep. Scott Perry as New President Meadows ‘Between a Rock and a Hard Place’ with Trump, Jan. 6 Panel On The Money – Biden Closes Infrastructure Week MORE and threats of violence from many of his followers.

Other backers of the infrastructure bill that Biden signed into law Monday, including representatives. Fred uptonFrederick (Fred) Stephen UptonHouse ethics wars redux? The Hill’s Morning Report – Presented by ExxonMobil – Will Biden’s Big Bill Pass the House this Week? Republican Rep. Upton Not Sure If He Will Run Again MORE (R-Mich.) AND Adam kinzingerAdam Daniel Kinzinger The Hill’s Morning Report – Presented by ExxonMobil – Will Biden’s big bill pass the House this week? Republican Rep. Upton Not Sure About Running Again Gosar faces increasing odds of being censored in the House of Representatives MORE (R-Ill.), They have said that they have personally received death threats.

Leaving Tuesday’s private Republican conference meeting, McCarthy said he was vehemently opposed to anyone receiving a death threat or a security problem of any kind.

But he objected to whether Katko should be sanctioned, saying Republicans are focused on fighting Democrats’ $ 1.75 trillion social and climate spending package.

Katko, who also serves as chair of the group of moderates formerly known as the Tuesday Group, has faced criticism from her own party before, including McCarthy.

Earlier this year, when McCarthy and other Trump allies tried to overcome the January 6 attack on the Capitol, Katko opposed Republican leaders and reached an agreement with her counterpart on the Homeland committee, the president. Bennie thompsonBennie Gordon Thompson Meadows ‘Between a Rock and a Hard Place’ With Trump, Jan 6 Defiant Bannon Panel Warns of ‘Misdemeanor From Hell’ Over Biden Steve Bannon’s Surrender Following Indictment for Contempt of Congress MORE (D-Miss.), On legislation to create an independent 9/11-style commission to investigate the January 6 insurrection.

The measure passed the House but was blocked by Senate Republicans.

Bishop’s effort puts McCarthy in a tough spot. The minority leader knows he cannot alienate Trump or his supporters in his quest to become Speaker of the House, but he also needs the endorsement of undecided district Republicans like Katko.

One of those vulnerable moderate partners, Rep. David valadaoDavid Goncalves ValadaoTwo House Democrats to Retire Ahead of Challenging Midterm Elections California State Assemblyman Salas Launches Bid Against Valadao The Hill’s Morning Report – Presented by Alibaba – Democrats Discuss Price Before Politics Amid one MORE fight (R-Calif.), He defended Katko and those who voted in conscience on infrastructure, although he himself voted against the plan.

“Katko represents a very difficult district. He does everything he can to win. And I think he does the best he can to represent his district as effectively as possible, ”Valadao, an ally of Katko and McCarthy, told The Hill after the meeting.

“It’s always a situation where we have to vote for what we think is right for our districts,” Valadao added. “And if you look at the entire northeast, it’s just a different town. I don’t know John’s district very well, but I think he does what he thinks is best. “

Cristina Marcos contributed.

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