Updated Jan 23, 2019

4 progressive Democrats named to House Oversight Committee

Reps. Rashida Tlaib, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ayanna Pressley and Ro Khanna. Photos: Salwan Georges/The Washington Post; John Lamparski; Adam Glanzman; Chip Somodevilla via Getty Images

4 members of the Congressional Progressive Caucus — Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (N.Y.), Ro Khanna (Calif.), Ayanna Pressley (Mass.) and Rashida Tlaib (Mich.) — were named Tuesday night to the House Oversight Committee.

Why it matters: The influential Oversight Committee, led by Rep. Elijah Cummings, will serve as a powerful check on the Trump administration, which has accrued a laundry list of potential subpoena targets over the past two years. The four new members — all of which, besides Khanna, are freshmen — have been exceptionally outspoken in their criticism of the administration, with Tlaib in particular making headlines recently for her expletive-laced call to impeach President Trump.

Full committee:

  • Rep. Mark DeSaulnier (Calif.)
  • Rep. Jimmy Gomez (Calif.)
  • Rep. Katie Hill (Calif.)
  • Rep. Robin Kelly (Ill.)
  • Rep. Ro Khanna (Calif.)
  • Rep. Brenda Lawrence (Mich.)
  • Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (N.Y.)
  • Rep. Stacey Plaskett (U.S.V.I.)
  • Rep. Ayanna Pressley (Mass.)
  • Rep. Harley Rouda (Calif.)
  • Rep. John Sarbanes (Md.)
  • Rep. Jackie Speier (Calif.)
  • Rep. Rashida Tlaib (Mich.)
  • Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (Fla.)
  • Rep. Peter Welch (Vt.)

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