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Horsford may have to share committee assignment with QAnon congresswoman

By: - February 1, 2021 4:36 pm
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House Democrats are moving to strip committee assignments from Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, amid a growing outcry over the Georgia Republican’s past comments challenging the veracity of deadly school shootings. (Image from 2020 Greene campaign ad)

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House Democrats are moving to strip committee assignments from Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, amid a growing outcry over the Georgia Republican’s past comments challenging the veracity of deadly school shootings. (Image from 2020 Greene campaign ad)

WASHINGTON — The U.S. House Rules Committee is set to meet on Wednesday to consider a resolution that would strip Georgia Republican Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene of her two committee assignments.

Greene has been denounced for spreading outrageous conspiracy theories – including ones in which she contends the deadly mass shooting in Las Vegas, as well as shootings in Parkland and Newtown, were staged for political purposes – and also for backing violence against members of Congress.

If approved for debate by the panel, the resolution would move to the floor of the Democratic-controlled House for a vote. It is included on a list of measures Democratic leaders expect to bring up this week.

The resolution, H. Res. 72, would remove Greene from two committee assignments given by Republican leaders—Education and Labor, and Budget. Democrats have also discussed censuring and even expelling Greene.

If Greene is not stripped of her committee seats, she will be serving on the Budget Committee with Nevada Democratic Rep. Steven Horsford.

Asked Monday about the prospect of sharing committee assignments with Greene, Horsford’s office reiterated a statement released last week, which said Horsford “supports measures up to and including expulsion.”

Nevada Democratic Rep. Susie Lee had served on Education and Labor, but she will serve on the Appropriations Committee in the new congress.

Last week, after Nevada Democratic Rep. Dina Titus signed on as a cosponsor of the resolution to expel Greene from the House altogether, Lee’s office issued a statement saying the congresswoman had “no interest in elevating this conspiracy theorist turned congresswoman, and will not be commenting further at this time.”

The resolution to strip Greene of assignments and leave her committee-less is sponsored by Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, a Florida Democrat.

Videos have surfaced showing Greene harassing gun control advocate David Hogg, a student who survived the Parkland shooting. An investigative report from CNN found social media posts in which Greene called for the execution of prominent Democratic leaders such as House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), along with posts about QAnon, the baseless conspiracy fringe group.

“Congress must stop giving (Marjorie Taylor Greene) a platform to lie,” Wasserman Schultz tweeted Monday.

Wasserman Schultz’s district includes Parkland, where the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School took place in 2018..

Republicans have either kept quiet or have been slow to denounce Greene. House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy is set to meet with her this week, his spokesman said to multiple media outlets.

After the resolution to expel Greene from the House was introduced last week, Rep. Mark Amodei said he would not comment until that resolution comes up for a vote.

Former Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) was the most recent lawmaker who was stripped of committee seats, in 2019, after he gave an interview to the New York Times in which he questioned why white nationalism was considered offensive and racist.

The Rules panel is set to meet at 3 p.m. Wednesday.

Note: This story was corrected to reflect Susie Lee’s departure from the Education and Labor Committee.

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