There’s a story running in the Daily Caller, a Capitol Hill publication, that reported Rep. Loretta Sanchez asked about replacing wounded Congresswoman Gabby Giffords on the House Armed Services congressional subcommittee in light of her recovery from a gunshot wound to the head.Â
The story is false.
â€œGabby has always been one of the most active members on the Armed Services Committee, and Rep. Sanchez wants to make sure her voice is represented. Rep. Sanchez simply inquired whether committee rules would allow Rep. Giffords to request a temporary stand-in until her return. This is Gabbyâ€™s seat. Any other interpretation of her question is ludicrous.â€â€“ Caroline Hogan, Press Secretary for Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez.
Of course, Sanchez’ people would defend her. But let’s not stop there.Â Here’s a statement from Rep. Adam Smith, a ranking member of the House Armed Services Committee.
Â “Rep. Sanchez never suggested that Gabby should be removed from the committee. The entire committee agrees that it’s Gabby’s seat and it will remain so and we all look forward to her return. End of story.” â€“ Rep. Adam Smith, Ranking Member of the House Armed Services Committee.
The Caller story published: ”
Behind closed doors, California Democratic Rep. Loretta Sanchez has proposed removing Arizona Rep. Gabrielle Giffords from the House Armed Services Committee (HASC) until she recovers from injuries sustained after being shot in the head on Jan. 8 in Tucson, The Daily Caller has learned.
The proposal sparked an outrage, according to those in the room â€” including from those in Sanchezâ€™s own party.
â€œItâ€™s not appropriate,â€ Texas Democratic Rep. Silvestre Reyes told The Daily Caller, adding that there was outrage among some members in the room when Sanchez made the suggestion. â€œItâ€™s bad for morale during her recovery period.â€
Reyes and Rep. Adam Smith of Washington put up most of the fight against Sanchez, and helped squash the idea.”
Since Smith issued his statement, his quote sort of blows the premise of the Caller’s story out of the water.Â Asking a question on parlimentary procedure is something more members of Congress should be doing.Â
Additionally, we know Sanchez and Gifford are friends.Â Sanchez told us last night the reference to Gifford in the SOTU opening was one of the reasons the speech was somber.Â