Asked if five GOP House members’ statements on the House floor that they want to give up their committee assignments, too, since Rep. Heather Scott’s have been stripped, mean that the five are now off their committees, House Speaker Scott Bedke, R-Oakley, said, “I would have to take that action, according to the way I read the rule book.” House Majority Leader Mike Moyle, R-Star, speculated that the five could just stop showing up to their assigned committees.
They and other House Republicans were headed upstairs to the Majority Caucus Room for a closed-door caucus. Rep. Priscilla Giddings, R-White Bird, one of the five, said, “I think we need to go in the room and figure out if we can chart a way forward to professionalism.” She added, “This has been a crazy week. I’ve been blown away by the way things are being handled, and it could’ve been handled so much better.”
The other four House members, all but one of whom are freshmen: Reps. Nate, Moon, Hanks and Zito. Nate, who is in his second term, is Scott’s closest House ally; over the past two years, the two often have been the only two “no” votes in the House.