A senior member of the Congressional Black Caucus is pushing formal punishment for Rep. Steve King over his comments about white supremacy.
Illinois Democratic Rep. Bobby Rush said Monday that he'll introduce a censure resolution over the Iowa Republican's remarks to the New York Times. The paper quoted King as asking how the terms "white supremacy" and "white nationalism" became offensive.
The censure resolution calls for Congress to send the message that it rejects "repugnant and racist behavior." Rush also called on Republicans to strip King of his committee memberships.
Republicans denounced King's remarks and House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy said King will be blocked from committee assignments for the next two years.
King, in his ninth term representing Iowa, will not be given committee assignments in the Congress that began this month, McCarthy said Monday night. King served on the Agriculture, Small Business and Judiciary committees in the last Congress, and he chaired Judiciary's subcommittee on the Constitution and Civil Justice.