“Two resolutions in the House to censure” Rep. Steve King (R) “over racist comments have been referred to the House ethics committee rather than getting a vote on the House floor Wednesday, despite pushback from some Democratic members.” When Rep. Bobby Rush (D-IL 01), “who proposed one of the resolutions, brought it up on the House floor Wednesday night, House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer made the move to refer it to committee. Rush did not object” and “told reporters he got a commitment from leadership that if King makes offensive remarks in the future, leadership will let Rush move forward with a censure resolution and get a vote.” (CNN)
Leadership has been privately arguing to censure supporters that the best course of action is allowing the resolution to first go through the proper committees instead of bringing it directly to the floor, according to multiple Democratic sources.”
House Majority Whip Jim Clyburn “huddled with” Rush and Rep. Tim Ryan (D-OH 13), who have been pushing for censure resolutions, on Tuesday night, warning the duo that censure might not have enough support to pass and could put their colleagues in a tough spot.” Both members have been pushing for a censure. “Clyburn is instead trying to convince the lawmakers to support a plan to refer the censure resolution to the House Ethics Committee — a motion that can be made after the resolution offered.” (Politico)
GROWING FIELD. Story County Supervisor Rick Sanders (R) is also mulling a challenge to King and said a decision will come "within the next few weeks." He "said he's meeting with Republican activists and donors, to gauge if he can get substantial support."
Sanders: "The only way I am not running ... is if I don't believe the support will ultimately be there to defeat Steve King and whoever else might be running."
State Sen. Randy Feenstra (R) and Army veteran Bret Richards (R) have launched bids and 2016 candidate Rick Bertrand is considering a run. (Sioux City Journal)