Politics of the pin: GOP leaders spent $40,000 on new access pins to avoid Green New Deal connotation

In the 118th Congress, even the color of representatives’ official pins became a political disagreement.

House Republicans suspected that the color green on the pin for the 118th Congress was chosen by the outgoing Democratic majority to highlight the Green New Deal. It turns out their suspicions were at least partly correct.

Rep. Thomas Massie (R-KY) holds member and spouse pins as he sits during the opening day of the 118th Congress on Tuesday, Jan 3, 2023, at the U.S. Capitol in Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

To distance themselves from being connected to the environmental legislation, Republicans reportedly spent $40,000 in January to replace the pins.

“I heard some guys and gals grumbling that it’s an environmental tribute or something like that — which, hey, I like the color green, I have a
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