The House voted Thursday to strip Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, R-Ga., of her committee tasks as penalty for a shopping list of severe views and conspiracy theories she promoted prior to taking workplace.
The vote gone by a margin of 230-199, with 11 Republican members siding with the Democratic bulk. No Democrats voted against the resolution.
The 11 Republicans who voted to get rid of Greene included: Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick (PA), Rep. Chris Jacobs (NY), Rep. Carlos A. Giménez (FL), Rep. John Katko (NY), Rep. Young Kim (CA), Rep. Adam Kinzinger (IL), Rep. Nicole Malliotakis (NY), Rep. Maria Elvira Salazar (FL), Rep. Fred Upton (MI), Rep. Mario Díaz-Balart and Rep. Chris Smith (NJ).
It passed just a couple of hours after Greene required to the chamber floor to reveal remorse for some of the fringe views she had peddled, including the pro-Trump QAnon conspiracy. She did not use an apology.
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., had intended to prevent the vote, which forced Republican politicians to take an on-the-record position on the resolution focused on condemning Greene’s conduct.
While couple of if any GOP members had actually openly safeguarded Greene’s most controversial remarks– such as reportedly suggesting support for executing top Democrats– some Republicans had actually refuted the process, warning that Democrats’ efforts to censure Greene would set a dangerous precedent. Other Republicans decided to assault Democrats for refusing to censure their own members who have actually made incendiary declarations in the past.
However Democrats preserved that Greene’s conduct puts her in a category of her own, requiring her elimination from the Spending plan Committee and the Committee on Education and Labor.
“When an individual encourages speak about shooting a member in the head, they must lose the right to serve on any committee,” Rules Chairman Jim McGovern, D-Mass., stated Wednesday prior to his committee approved the resolution to kick Greene off the committees.
“If this isn’t the bottom line, I don’t know where the hell the bottom line is,” McGovern said.
Greene prior to being elected had promoted a litany of other radical conspiracies and severe declarations. She apparently revealed apprehension for the conspiracy theory that an aircraft did not strike the Pentagon on Sept. 11, 2001. She apparently suggested that some school shootings had been staged, and buffooned a survivor of the Parkland, Florida, school massacre. Media outlets also reported that Greene in 2018 had actually suggested that wildfires in California had actually possibly been brought on by laser beams.
McCarthy talked with Greene in a closed-door meeting Tuesday night. He then proposed to Democrats that the GOP would remove Greene of her Education Committee task if she might remain on the Budget Committee, NBC News reported. Democrats declined that deal.
“To do absolutely nothing would be an abdication of our ethical responsibility to our coworkers, to the House, to our worths, to the fact and to our nation,” Home Bulk Leader Steny Hoyer, D-Md., said on the flooring before the final vote Thursday night.
“The other day, the Republican Conference selected to do nothing. So today, your home must do something,” Hoyer said.