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Rep. Katie Porter (D-CA) on Tuesday turned the tables on Republicans during a hearing of the House Oversight Committee.
In particular, Porter zeroed in on fentanyl seizures at the United States-Mexico border and pointed to a large jump in seizures that she said occurred around June of 2020.
She then asked Chief Border Patrol Agent John Modlin if he could identify the cause of the surge in fentanyl seizures, to which he replied that he had no idea.
Porter then pointed out that it should be seen as a success that the federal government has succeeded in seizing more fentanyl to keep it out of American communities.
"For me, as a mom, that is a sign of success," she said. "I don't want that fentanyl in this country. It is dangerous and kills people and makes our community dangerous. And to me, this is a sign that our Border Patrol and our agents... are doing their jobs. What I find interesting is, despite success here, what we are seeing is an effort to characterize seizures as failures."
Republicans have for the last several months used high fentanyl seizures to attack the Biden administration for lax border enforcement, even though such seizures mean that fentanyl will not be making its way into American communities.
Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) said that a security fence protecting the U.S. Capitol was proof that a wall on the U.S. border would stop the flow of undocumented immigrants.
Greene made the remarks at a House Oversight Committee hearing on Tuesday.
"You know, one of my Democrat colleagues was talking about the wall as if it doesn't work," the Georgia Republican complained. "I assure you that the Democrats believe in walls because they've erected one around the Capitol today because President Joe Biden is delivering his State of the Union address to the country."
"Walls do work," she told Border Patrol officials. "And we want you to have a wall as one of the toolkits in your box to stop the illegal invasion into our country that's occurring every single day."
Speaker of the House Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) said that he disagreed with the fencing around the Capitol.
"I don't think it's the right look; there's not a need," he said on Tuesday. "You've got all the intel out there that there's no problem whatsoever."
Before becoming Speaker, McCarthy blamed then-Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) for lack of security during the attack on Jan. 6, 2021.
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During a House Rules Committee hearing this Monday, Jamie Raskin (D-MD) took an opportunity to call out Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) for saying that the "major civil rights issue" of the day was Trump supporters who are being charged for partaking in the Jan. 6 Capitol riot.
During the hearing, the Democratic congressman spoke out against GOP efforts to disapprove of legislation passed by the D.C. Council. Republicans and others critics have described the legislation as soft-on-crime.
According to Raskin, Greene sees discriminatory mistreatment "not of Washingtonians, but of MAGA insurrectionists who are in jail for assaulting officers, interfering with a federal proceeding, and engaging in seditious conspiracy."
Rasken went on to say that Republicans controlling the House want to "turn the clock back on D.C.'s home rule power and relive the glory days when Washington was run like a colony by some racist Dixiecrats out of the House district committee."
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"Today, it's the GOP that is determined to put the people of Washington in their place," Raskin said, adding that Republicans will be "attacking Washington not just for its local voting rights policies and criminal justice code, but for its gun safety policies, for its defensive abortion rights and LGBTQ rights, its decriminalization of marijuana, and dozens of other issues potentially headed to the House floor."