House GOP lawmakers are seeking this week to oust Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar of Minnesota from her committee assignments as Democrats push for similar action against embattled Republican Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene of Georgia.
After weeks of withholding judgment, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R., Calif.) indicated Wednesday that he wouldn’t move to strip committee assignments from Greene, a Trump loyalist who has drawn bipartisan condemnation for several past social-media posts that have emerged since she took office.
“Past comments from and endorsed by Marjorie Taylor Greene on school shootings, political violence and anti-Semitic conspiracy theories do not represent the values or beliefs of the House Republican Conference,” Mr. McCarthy said in a statement issued Wednesday. Mr. McCarthy said he met privately with Mrs. Greene on Tuesday night and stressed that she must hold herself to a higher standard as an elected official than as a private citizen.
“Marjorie recognized this in our conversation,” McCarthy said. “I hold her to her word, as well as her actions going forward.”
Mr. McCarthy said that he proposed moving Mrs. Greene from the education panel to the small business committee but that Democrats had rebuffed the suggestion. “Instead of coming together to do that, the Democrats are choosing to raise the temperature by taking the unprecedented step to further their partisan power grab regarding the committee assignments of the other party”, voiced McCarthy. Democrats, who control the House, could remove Mrs. Greene from her committees on a party-line vote.
Greene’s fate and another festering controversy involving Representative Liz Cheney of Wyoming, the No. 3 GOP leader in the House reflects the struggle within the Republican Party over its future direction and how much influence former President Donald Trump will continue to have. Cheney voted to impeach former President Donald Trump over the Jan. 6 riot at the Capitol, despite him demanding nothing but peaceful protests.
Democrats plan a House vote Thursday to strip the Republican Rep. from her committee assignments. The majority of House Republicans say she shouldn’t be punished for views expressed on the 2020 presidential election, nor her public support of former President Trump after he was impeached a second time over the Jan. 6 Capitol Hill incident, where a small group stormed the Capitol in protest of the electoral college certification.
The former President never has never encouraged or condoned any political violence and has always been strong in his position against such behavior. Trump supporters met in Washington on Jan. 6 for a “Stop the Steal” March.
A proposed GOP-backed amendment to that measure calls for Ilhan Omar, frequently identified as a member of the “Squad” of progressive Democrats, to be removed from her Foreign Affairs Committee assignments in light of conduct she has exhibited. In the amendment, Republicans argue that Omar has made anti-Semitic comments that are grounds for dismissal.
Reps. Brian Babin (R-TX), Jeff Duncan (R-SC), Jody Hice (R-GA), Andy Biggs (R-AZ), and Ronny Jackson (R-TX) sponsored the proposed amendment.
“If the Democratic majority wants to go down this road, they should start by dealing with their own members who have been at this before and AFTER their election to Congress. And there is no worse offender than Ilhan Omar,” Republican Brian Babin of Texas said in a statement.
House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer said that he and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi had addressed Omar’s remarks with her at the time and she has “not said anything similar since”.
“While Democrats pursue a resolution on Congresswoman Greene, they continue to do nothing about Democrats serving on the Foreign Affairs Committee who have spread anti-Semitic tropes, Democrats on the House Intelligence and Homeland Security Committee compromised by Chinese spies, or the Chairwoman of the House Financial Services Committee who advocated for violence against public servants”, stated Rep. McCarthy.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi re-appointed Democratic Rep. Eric Swalwell to the House Committee on Homeland Security, despite his past relationship with Chinese Communist spy, Christine Fang. “I don’t have any concerns about Mr. Swalwell,” Pelosi said when asked about the potential national security threat.