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House to vote on removing GOP’s Marjorie Taylor Greene from her committees

President Biden and first lady Jill Biden leave after paying their respects to the late U.S. Capitol Police officer Brian D. Sicknick, lying in honor in the Capitol Rotunda, on Feb. 2. (Salwan Georges/The Washington Post/Pool/AP)

At a House GOP meeting late Wednesday, Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene of Georgia apologized to her colleagues for her embrace of dangerous conspiracies as a far-right provocateur on the eve of a House vote to strip her of her committee assignments.

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At the same meeting, a majority of Republicans voted by secret ballot to keep Rep. Liz Cheney of Wyoming in leadership after some wanted to punish her for voting with Democrats to impeach former president Donald Trump.

Earlier Wednesday, Democrats announced plans to hold a House vote Thursday on removing Greene from her committees after Republican leaders declined to do so Wednesday on their own.

“A member of this House is calling for assassinations. That’s the new precedent,” Rep. Jim McGovern (D-Mass.), chairman of the Rules Committee, said at a meeting Wednesday afternoon. “If that’s the standard that we remove people from committees, I’m fine with that.”

Here’s what to know:

  • Senate committees advanced the nomination of Gina Raimondo for commerce secretary and Jennifer Granholm for energy secretary. Confirmation hearings were held for Miguel Cardona to become education secretary, Isabel Guzman to lead the Small Business Administration and Michael Regan to serve as administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency.
  • Biden sought to shore up support for his $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief legislation by joining a meeting of House Democrats by phone and hosting several senators at an in-person Oval Office meeting.
  • Brian D. Sicknick, the Capitol Police officer who suffered fatal injuries Jan. 6 when a riotous mob rampaged through the building, was remembered Wednesday morning for his actions on that chaotic day.