Jimmy Gomez, the California Democrat elected to achieve success former Rep. Xavier Becerra in the House, will probably be sworn in on July 11, a senior Democratic aide said Wednesday.
Gomez was elected on the Los Angeles-based district on June 6 but his swearing-in is postponed for weeks in doing what Gomez and allies have named a “family conflict.”
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Republicans have criticized Gomez for your delay, suggesting that he or she could possibly be keeping his current seat while in the California Assembly to aid Gov. Jerry Brown at a crucial vote supporting the state’s cap-and-trade program.
The feud went national now when House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) called Gomez’s delay an “abdication” of his responsibility. McCarthy noted inside a letter to Gomez, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and California Secretary of State Alex Padilla that two other recently sworn-in men and women Congress – Karen Handel of Georgia and Ralph Norman of Structured – were elected now than Gomez.
Becerra was tapped in December to turn into California’s attorney general in January, succeeding Kamala Harris, who was elected into the Senate.
Democrats punched back Wednesday, noting which the House has canceled recently scheduled Friday votes possesses kept fairly light floor schedule prior to a weeklong Independence day recess.
“While we appreciate his interest in creating a full complement of Democrats in Congress, perhaps his time would be better spent identifying what exactly where the Republican agenda is,” said Pelosi spokeswoman Caroline Behringer. “Congressman-elect Gomez may be clear they had a pre-existing family conflict and couldn’t be sworn in this particular week.”
Gomez’s absence is available as the GOP-controlled House is grappling with the committee level with budget and appropriations measures and it’s awaiting the results on the Senate prefer to replace Obamacare.
Gomez’s swearing in will give Democrats their 194th member.