Former member of the Republican Party and Michigan Rep. Justin Amash (I-Mich.) announced that he would be leaving the House Republican Conference as well as his position on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee.
In a letter sent to House Minority Leader Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) and House Republican Conference Chairwoman Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) on Monday, Amash — who announced his departure from the Republican Party in an op-ed on the Fourth of July — officially resigned both from the House Republican Conference and the House Oversight Committee, citing the reasons in his opinion piece.
“Please accept this letter as formal notification that I am withdrawing my membership from the House Republican Conference, effective immediately, for the reasons outlined in my accompanying op-ed,” wrote the independent congressman. “Consistent with Clause 5(b) of Rule X of the Rules of the House of Representatives, I am also resigning from the Committee on Oversight and Reform.”
Today, I sent the attached letter to Republican leaders as formal notification that I am withdrawing my membership in the House Republican Conference and, consistent with House rules, resigning from the Committee on Oversight and Reform. pic.twitter.com/8x8lFUmaGY
— Justin Amash (@justinamash) July 8, 2019
In his op-ed, Amash wrote that “modern politics is in a partisan death spiral” and announced that he was “declaring [his] independence” by exiting the Republican Party.
“Today, I am declaring my independence and leaving the Republican Party. No matter your circumstance, I’m asking you to join me in rejecting the partisan loyalties and rhetoric that divide and dehumanize us,” wrote the former Republican. “I’m asking you to believe that we can do better than this two-party system — and to work toward it. If we continue to take America for granted, we will lose it.”
A top Republican aide told the Washington Examiner that most members already thought Amash had left the conference by penning the opinion piece. If he had not resigned from his committee membership, the House Republican steering committee would likely have voted to remove him.