King serves on the Agriculture, Small Business and Judiciary committees, and chairs Judiciary's subcommittee on the Constitution and Civil Justice.
Yet still, the party struggles with a negative perception on civility and fairness brought on by people who make comments like King, or the people in the Republican Party who remain silent instead of ridiculing comments like King's. Two House Democrats unveiled motions to censure the polarizing Iowa Republican.
"We have made significant progress in our nation, and while there is still work to do, we can not let these intolerant and hateful views hold us back". Ted Cruz called King's comments "stupid" and said "he needs to stop it".
The announcement came just hours after Reps. Censure is one of three formal modes of punishment in the House.
King has not apologized for his remarks though in a floor speech Friday, he rejected the label that he's a white nationalist and said he regretted "the heartburn that has poured forth upon this Congress and this country and especially in my state and in my congressional district".
Many were outraged by King's comments questioning the offensiveness of white supremacy. 3 Republican, said King's remarks were "abhorrent and racist and should have no place in our national discourse". That is not the America that I know.
"Rep. King's statements are unwelcome and unworthy of his elected position", McConnell told the Washington Post.
"King's statements have drawn praise from known White supremacists like former Ku KluxKlan leader David Duke", the resolution continues. King wondered to the Times in a piece published Thursday. "Why did I sit in classes teaching me about the merits of our history and our civilization?" "He said the foundation of the Times interview was partly a September 12 tweet in which he wrote: "'Nazi' is injected into Leftist talking points because the worn out & exhausted "racist" is over used & applied to everyone who lacks melanin & who fail to virtue signal at the requisite frequency & decibels.
In 2013, he commented that while he has some sympathy for some illegal immigrants, "they aren't all valedictorians, they weren't all brought in by their parents - for everyone who's a valedictorian, there's another 100 out there who weigh 130 pounds and they've got calves the size of cantaloupes because they're hauling 75 pounds of marijuana across the desert".
Congressman Steve King has been stripped of all of his committee assignments by the House Republican Steering Committee.
Steve Scalise, the No2 Republican in the House, also condemned King on Sunday. I think he's absolutely right.
The long-serving representative claimed, additionally, that he is not a racist.
President Trump side-stepped a question about King in remarks to reporters ahead of a trip to New Orleans on Monday.