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Democrats Move to Kick Marjorie Taylor Greene Off House Committees

Democrats Move to Kick Marjorie Taylor Greene Off House Committees

With no indication that Republicans will police their own, a group of House Democrats Monday introduced a resolution to have Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) kicked off her two committee assignments as a consequence of her inflammatory behavior and false statements. Among other things, Greene and an aide verbally harassed Rep. Cori Bush (D-Mo.) so badly that she relocated her Capitol Hill office away from Greene’s. Greene also expressed support on social media for having House Speaker Nancy Pelosi assassinated.

The Democrats’ resolution also cites the Georgia Republican’s belief in the QAnon conspiracy theory and denial that the Parkland, Fla., and Sandy Hook, Ct., mass school shootings never occurred. The resolution was sponsored by Reps. Debbie Wasserman Schultz and Ted Deutch, both of Florida, and Jahana Hayes of Connecticut. It would remove Greene from the House Education & Labor Committee and the House Budget Committee.

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“Reducing the future harm that she can cause in Congress, and denying her a seat at committee tables where fact-based policies will be drafted, is both a suitable punishment and a proper restraint of her influence,” Wasserman Schultz said during a virtual news conference. If Republicans won’t police their own, the House must step in,” she continued. Removing her from the committees is likely the surest way for Greene to have influence in Congress to be reined in since it’s unlikely she will resign, as many have called on her to do, and there’s virtually no chance of her expulsion since it would require the consent of two-thirds of House.

Wasserman Schultz, whose district is near Parkland, said that Greene “cannot be entrusted to make education and budget policy” if she is unwilling to accept the reality of mass school shootings.”

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Deutch, who represents Parkland, said during the news conference that this is a “line-in-the-sand moment for the Republican Party” and that “the question, quite simply, is whether they will draw the line when a member of the Republican caucus moves far beyond political rhetoric and into what is extremely dangerous misinformation, deeply offensive harassment and the refusal to acknowledge truth.”

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