Dems move to strip committee assignments from Greene

Levin ‘shaken’ by video of her harassing school shooting survivor

By: and - February 2, 2021 9:03 am

Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene | Screenshot of Greene’s 2020 campaign ad

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

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.

U.S. Rep. Andy Levin (D-Bloomfield Twp.), a member of the House Education and Labor Committee, last week signed a letter led by U.S. Rep. Jahana Hayes (D-Conn.) sent to GOP leadership asking that Greene not be seated on the Education and Labor Committee.

“The need to immediately remove Representative Greene from the Committee on Education and Labor is especially urgent, given her prior statements on school shootings and mass casualty events,” the lawmakers wrote. “This committee has jurisdiction over matters related to school climate and safety for elementary, secondary and post-secondary education.”

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 or even expelling Greene.

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Democrats have denounced Greene for spreading baseless conspiracy theories that the deadly mass school shooting in Parkland, Fla., was staged, and also for backing violence against members of Congress.

“Whereas Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene should be removed from her committee assignments in light of conduct she has exhibited,” according to the resolution, which 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. Seventeen people were killed.

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“Having met and been inspired by David Hogg and other Parkland survivors – who are between the ages of my own children – I was shaken by the video of Rep. Greene harassing Mr. Hogg,” said Levin. “My heart breaks for the parents of victims hurt by her denial of their children’s very real murders. Can you even imagine?! Many of her statements are troubling but, first and foremost, she must not sit on a committee that deals with the safety of our schoolchildren when she is in complete denial of reality. Her other statements and actions warrant investigation as well, and I hope that removing her from this Committee is a first step in the process of accountability.”

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

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.

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Ariana Figueroa
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Ariana covers the nation's capital for States Newsroom. Her areas of coverage include politics and policy, lobbying, elections and campaign finance.

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