House votes to remove Marjorie Taylor Greene from committee assignments

US Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene, Republican of Georgia, leaves her office on Capitol Hill on February 4, 2021 in Washington, DC. - US lawmakers will vote on February 4 on whether to remove Greene, who backs the QAnon conspiracy group, from two House committees, after leaders failed to agree on the first-term congresswoman's fate.House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer said he spoke February 3, 2021 with the chamber's top Republican amid a raging debate over Greene's incendiary rhetoric and her support of offensive social media posts. (Photo by Nicholas Kamm / AFP) (Photo by NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP via Getty Images)

The House voted Thursday evening to remove Republican Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene from her committee assignments, a decisive step that comes in the wake of recently unearthed incendiary and violent past statements from the congresswoman that have triggered widespread backlash from Democrats and divided congressional Republicans.

The vote tally was 230-199 with 11 Republican House members voting with Democrats to remove Greene from her committee assignments.
House Democrats, who control the chamber, set up the vote after first attempting to pressure Republicans to strip the Georgia Republican of committee assignments on their own. House Republicans did not take that action, however, and House GOP leader Kevin McCarthy on Wednesday released a statement calling the push by Democrats to take away the congresswoman’s committee assignments a “partisan power grab.”
Greene defended herself ahead of the vote in a speech on the House floor and attempted to distance herself from the dangerous and debunked QAnon conspiracy theory, which she has previously embraced.
The congresswoman said that after “seeing things in the news that didn’t make sense to me,” she “stumbled across” QAnon at the end of 2017.
Greene said that she became “very interested” in the conspiracy theory and began posting about it on Facebook and talking about it, adding that throughout 2018 she was “upset about things” and felt she could not trust the government.

11 Republicans voted to remove Greene from committee assignments

These 11 House Republicans joined House Democrats in voting to remove Republican Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (GA-14) from the Education and Labor Committee and the Budget Committee for her incendiary and violent past statements. Three of the Republicans — Katko, Kinzinger and Upton — also voted to impeach then-President Donald Trump in January.


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