House GOP taps Rep. James Comer to serve as top Republican on Oversight Committee

Rep. James Comer, R-Ky., was selected on Monday to be the top Republican on the House Oversight and Reform Committee – setting him up for a high-profile role as Republicans seek to combat Democratic oversight moves on the Trump administration.

The GOP Steering Committee choose Comer – a businessman and farm owner – to be the party’s ranking member on the Oversight and Reform Committee during a closed-door panel in the basement of the Capitol.

Comer won out over Reps. Jody Hice of Georgia, a member of the conservative House Freedom Caucus, and Mark Green of Tennessee, a West Point grad and ER physician.

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Following his appointment, Comer wasted little time in laying out his agenda for his new role and blasting Democratic investigations.

“Throughout my career, I have been committed to holding those accountable who misuse taxpayer dollars and promote corruption in government,” Comer said in a statement. “Unfortunately, rather than conducting credible oversight, House Democrats have spent significant time and resources harassing the Trump Administration purely out of spite and hatred.”

He added: “I am excited to take the reins as Ranking Member and take my

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