House votes to remove Marjorie Taylor Greene from committee assignments


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The House voted to remove Georgia Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene from the Education and Budget committees following the controversial statements and conspiracy theories before her election win.

The vote tally was 230-199 with 11 Republican House members voting with Democrats to remove Greene from her committee assignments as she received major backlash from both parties.

House Democrats, who hold a majority in Congress, set up the vote after first attempting to convince Republicans to strip the Georgia Republican of committee assignments on their own. But House Republicans failed to take any action and House GOP leader Kevin McCarthy on Wednesday released a statement calling the push by Democrats to take away the congresswoman's committee assignments a "partisan power grab."

Greene tried to defend herself ahead of the vote in a speech on the House floor and attempted to distance herself from the dangerous and debunked QAnon conspiracy theory, which she has previously promoted.

The congresswoman said that after "seeing things in the news that didn't make sense to me," she "stumbled across" QAnon at the end of 2017.

Greene said that she became "very interested" in the conspiracy theory and began posting about it on Facebook and talking about it, adding that throughout 2018 she was "upset about things" and felt she could not trust the government.

11 Republicans voted to remove Greene from committee assignments. These 11 House Republicans joined House Democrats in voting to remove Republican Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (GA-14) from the Education and Labor Committee and the Budget Committee for her incendiary and violent past statements. Three of the Republicans — Katko, Kinzinger, and Upton — also voted to impeach then-President Donald Trump in January.

"The problem with that is though is I was allowed to believe things that weren't true, and I would ask questions about them and talk about them, and that is absolutely what I regret," she said.

Greene also said that she believes "9/11 absolutely happened" and "school shootings are absolutely real and every child that is lost, those families mourn it."

In an attempt to put the controversy behind her, the congresswoman said, "These were words of the past, and these things do not represent me. They do not represent my district, and they do not represent my values."

The measures taken against Greene today opens the way to attack the members of the opposition party for their views in the past.

However, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi insisted on Thursday that she has no concerns about the example it could set.

"None, not at all. Not at all. If any of our members threatened the safety of other members we'd be the first ones to take them off of a committee. That's it!" Pelosi said.

The Georgia Republican has also faced backlash over recently resurfaced comments about the 2018 Parkland school shooting.

Students who survived the Parkland, Florida, shooting, and families of the victims have called for Greene's resignation after comments surfaced that showed her agreeing with people who claimed the shooting was a "false flag" operation.

A spokesman for McCarthy called such comments from Greene "deeply disturbing" in a recent statement and attempted to distance Republicans from her rhetoric in his statement on Wednesday.

"Past comments from and endorsed by Marjorie Taylor Greene on school shootings, political violence, and anti-Semitic conspiracy theories do not represent the values or beliefs of the House Republican Conference. I condemn those comments unequivocally. I condemned them in the past. I continue to condemn them today. This House condemned QAnon last Congress and continues to do so today," he said.

But the California Republican went on to accuse Democrats of divisiveness, saying that "the Democrats are choosing to raise the temperature by taking the unprecedented step to further their partisan power grab regarding the committee assignments of the other party."

Pelosi criticized House Republicans for failing to punish Greene, saying on Thursday ahead of the vote, "I remain profoundly concerned about House Republican leadership acceptance of extreme conspiracy theorists." She went on to say, "particularly disturbing is their eagerness to reward a QAnon adherent, a 9/11 truther, a harasser of child survivors of school shootings and to give them valued committee positions, including, who could imagine they would put such a person on the education committee."

Greene has faced pushback from some prominent congressional Republicans, including Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, who slammed her for "loony lies and conspiracy theories." 

In a tweet on Thursday, Greene wrote, "It's not just me they want to cancel. They want to cancel every Republican. Don't let the mob win."

She addressed the controversy during a closed-door meeting of the House GOP conference on Wednesday evening and said her social media posts do not reflect who she is as a person, according to a person in the room.

She announced on Saturday that she had spoken with former President Donald Trump and said she is "so grateful for (Trump's) support," adding, "More importantly the people of this country are absolutely 100% loyal to him because he is 100% loyal to the people and America First."

House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, a Maryland Democrat, made the first move toward stripping Greene of her roles on the two committees after speaking with McCarthy on Wednesday.

"I spoke to Leader McCarthy this morning, and it is clear there is no alternative to holding a Floor vote on the resolution to remove Rep. Greene from her committee assignments," Hoyer said in a statement, declaring that "the House will vote on the resolution tomorrow."

McCarthy later told reporters he had offered to have Greene moved to the Small Business Committee.

Marjorie's also a small business owner. Democratic Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz of Florida, who sponsored the privileged resolution to have Greene removed, told on Monday in a call with reporters how the House could strip Greene of her committee assignments which required only a simple majority to pass, not a two-thirds vote.

"We can remove her from the committee because ultimately even though our party leaders and our party process appoints us to committees, the House actually ultimately confirms those party recommendations, essentially, and so because it's a House action, we're able to take a House action to remove a member from the committee," she said.

Publish : 2021-02-05 15:27:00

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