Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene was removed from her committee assignments Thursday, wsj.com reported. The House voted to 230-199 to relieve the Georgia Republican of her duties, hours after she expressed regrets over her support of conspiracy theories.
The vote saw 11 Republicans side with Democrats. According to commentators the move would reduce her ability to shape legislation and work with other lawmakers, marginalizing her in her first term in office.
House Votes To Remove Rep Marjorie Taylor Greene From Committees
Democrats maintain the move was necessitated in response to the violent rhetoric and misinformation that helped trigger the riot at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, as GOP leaders failed to sanction her.
The Republic Conference chose to do nothing yesterday, so today the House must do something, House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D., Md.) said on the floor of the House Thursday.
Defending keeping Mrs. Greene on the committees, Republicans said she had expressed regret, and denounced the move as an infringement on the minority party’s rights and warned of a possible retaliation in the future.
The development comes in a week which the House Republicans, saw turmoil within their ranks and GOP lawmakers struggled to maintain unity across factions. Earlier, during Wednesday night’s hours long meeting, House GOP Conference Chairwoman Liz Cheney (R., Wyo.) stymied an attempt by some allies of President Donald Trump to remove her from leadership over her vote last month to impeach Mr. Trump.
On Thursday, on the House floor, Mrs. Greene sought to address concerns of the House over her posts. In her speech she said she regretted the posts she made about QAnon, a loosely organized right-wing group supporting a range of unsubstantiated beliefs. She added she came across QAnon posts in 2017 but realized late the following year that she was receiving misinformation and stopped believing it.
She said she was allowed to believe things that were not true and she would ask questions about them and talk about them and that was absolutely what she regretted. Mrs. Greene who was wearing a “Free Speech” mask said she walked away from those things.
Projecting herself as an ordinary American citizen whose interest in politics was kindled when Mr. Trump ran for president, she said she had ben led astray in her comments before her election by misinformation.
She said if it weren’t for the Facebook posts and comments that she liked in 2018, she would not be standing there, and none could point a finger and accuse her of anything wrong as she had lived a very good life that she was proud of.
Her words cut no ice with Democrats who criticized her speech, saying her remarks fell short of an apology. Rep. G.K. Butterfield (D., N.C.) said it was unpersuasive. He said, it was so easy to say one was sorry. Those were three important words in our culture, he added.
Mrs. Greene would however, continue to serve on Ms. Cheney’s committees, thanks to her (Cheney’s) vote. Ms. Cheney said that Democrats had overstepped as it was up to Republicans to police their ranks.
She added, that Democrats had no business determining which Republicans sat on committees. She added, the vote on Thursday set a dangerous precedent for the institution and that Democrats may regret the development when Republicans regained the majority.
The 11 Republicans, who voted with Democrats largely represented competitive districts, including some lawmakers from New York and Florida. Among the 11 Republicans were three who had voted last month to impeach Mr. Trump, Rep. Adam Kinzinger of Illinois, Rep John Katko of New York and Rep Fred Upton of Michigan.
The freshmen of the GOP who voted to oust Mrs. Greene from committees, included Rep. Nicole Malliotakis of New York, Rep. Maria Salazar and Rep. Carlos Gimenez of Florida and Young Kim of California.