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As Democrats face removal from their committee assignments in the House of Representatives, two Republican senators are losing their committee seats — at the behest of their own party leadership.
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell is moving against two of his Republican critics.
The Republican senate leader removed Sens. Rick Scott (FL) and Mike Lee (UT) from the Senate Commerce Committee on Wednesday, according to Fox News.
Both senators are among McConnell’s critics in the senate Republican caucus.
Scott chalked up McConnell’s move as an act of political retribution, speaking to CNN about the committee assignments.
“He didn’t like that I opposed him because I believe we have to have ideas — fight over ideas. And so, he took Mike Lee and I off the committee.”
Scott — who reportedly learned that he’d been bounced from the powerful senate committee via text message — was described as “furious” over McConnell’s act to remove him, according to the Hill.
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