GOP comes down on Rep. Steve King, strips him of committee assignments

WASHINGTON — The House Republican Steering Committee voted on Monday to remove Iowa Fourth District Rep. Steve King from three House committees — agriculture, judiciary, and small business.

In an interview with the New York Times last week King asked, “White nationalist, white supremacist, Western civilization — how did that language become offensive?”

King has since said his comments were taken out of context and that he rejects white supremacist ideology.

He had little to say Monday as he left the meeting where House Republicans stripped him of his committee assignments.

Republican state Sen. Randy Feenstra, who wants to challenge King in the primary, is calling on King to resign. Feenstra said King no longer represents Iowa’s Fourth Congressional District.

“I think his behavior and his talks speaks for itself,” Feenstra said. “It has become caustic and voters are starting to realize that maybe it’s time for another conservative to step in.”

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