A key House panel will debate a resolution this week that would remove freshman Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) from two committees in response to her pattern of inflammatory behavior and remarks, including her repeated endorsements of political violence and extremism.
The measure, H. Res. 72, to be debated by the House Rules Committee, would strip Greene of her assignments on the House Education and Labor Committee and the House Budget Committee.
It states that Greene “should be removed from her committee assignments in light of conduct she has exhibited,” but it does not provide examples, instead noting simply that, according to the House rules, “A Member, Delegate, Resident Commissioner, officer, or employee of the House shall behave at all times in a manner that shall reflect creditably on the House.”
Greene responded in a statement Monday afternoon by criticizing Democrats and the media, arguing that they “will stop at nothing to defeat conservative Republicans.”
“They are coming after me because, like President Trump, I will always defend America First values,” Greene said. “They want to take me out because I represent the people. And they absolutely hate it.”
The House Republican conference is expected to meet Wednesday morning, and it remains uncertain whether Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) might seek to preempt any vote by the House Rules Committee by taking steps to remove Greene from her committee assignments.
Democrats have increasingly pointed to Greene as a direct threat to their physical safety, with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) saying last week that the “enemy is within the House,” in an apparent reference to Greene and other gun-toting House members, and Rep. Cori Bush (D-Mo.) on Friday announcing she was moving her office away from Greene’s.
Greene also has a history of making racist and anti-Semitic statements. She has previously embraced bogus claims about the 9/11 terrorist attacks and has posited that laser beams from space may have started the California wildfires, a baseless theory linked to the QAnon extremist ideology.
In an interview Monday with right-wing cable channel One America News, Greene said that she expects to meet soon with Trump and that he supports her “100 percent,” Politico reported.
Some Republicans have called for Greene to be censured, as well. In an interview Monday night on CNN, Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-Ill.), who has sharply criticized his party’s response to the Jan. 6 storming of the Capitol by a pro-Trump mob, said he believes Greene should be removed from her committee assignments.
Kinzinger noted that if House Republicans don’t do so, the full House appears poised to act.
Michael Kranish contributed to this report.