On Monday, it was revealed that Rep. Mike Rogers of Alabama is planning on stepping down from the Steering and Policy Committees of the United States House of Representatives.
According to Politico, Rogers said the move would likely happen later this week and confirmed the plan on Monday morning, noting that his departure from the committee is not finalized and wasn’t encouraged by fellow colleagues.
During the 14th vote for House Speaker on Friday, where Rep. Kevin McCarthy fell just one vote shy of winning the position, Rogers approached Reps. Matt Gaetz and Lauren Boebert, pointing in their direction.
Photos captured Rep. Richard Hudson pulling Rogers back from the group, sparking concerns that a fight could have ensued if it weren’t for Hudson stepping in.
Despite this, Gaetz tweeted his forgiveness on Sunday afternoon, writing that Rogers "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."
Rogers wrote in response that Gaetz "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."
According to Politico, Rogers is set to chair the Armed Services Committee, which "no doubt played a role in his plans to step aside from the steering panel." The steering committee is expected to issue assignments sometime this week.
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