House Votes to Strip Marjorie Taylor Greene of Committee Posts

House Votes to Strip Marjorie Taylor Greene of Committee
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The House has adopted a resolution to remove Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) from her two committee posts over her past comments and actions.

A Thursday vote on the Democratic-backed resolution was 230-199 largely on party lines. Three lawmakers did not vote. Eleven Republicans joined Democrats in voting “yes” to remove Greene from the committees.

Greene had been assigned to the House Budget Committee and the House Education and Labor Committee.

Republican leadership in the House had opposed the vote, saying it could set a dangerous precedent for punishing lawmakers over comments made before taking office. But Democrats said the action was necessary, alleging a failure in Republican leadership after House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy did not move to remove Greene from her committee posts, even though he had on Wednesday denounced her past comments.

Greene, a first-term lawmaker who supports former President Donald Trump, on Thursday took time to clarify some of her past comments and actions on the House floor, saying that her previous statements about school shootings and the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks do not reflect her views today.

She had previously speculated that the Sept. 11, 2001 terror attacks were a false flag, including having questioned whether a plane struck the Pentagon, as well as having alleged that deadly U.S. school shootings were staged, among other popular conspiracy theories.

Media outlets and Democrats have also accused Greene of being a supporter of QAnon. Its proponents, who follow clues from cryptic messages posted to anonymous imageboards, allege that some of the most powerful people in the world are part of a cabal of Satan-worshipping pedophiles and cannibals who have engaged in child sex trafficking and ritual abuse.

Reports also claimed that Greene had “liked” a Facebook comment suggesting that “a bullet to the head” of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) “would be quicker.”

Greene in her speech on the House floor said that the statements she made “were words of the past.”

“I was allowed to believe things that weren’t true, and I would ask questions about them and I would talk about them, and that is absolutely what I regret,” Greene said, adding that she stopped supporting QAnon in 2018. Greene added that she is a “very regular American” who entered politics after Trump ran for office in 2016.

On Wednesday, Greene said on Twitter that Democrats were engaged in a “mob cancel campaign” and that mainstream media outlets were refusing to air her rebuttals.

“They are only set out to destroy Republicans, your jobs, our economy, your children’s education and lives, steal our freedoms, and erase God’s creation,” she wrote.

Greene called for election integrity in the aftermath of the 2020 presidential election. After the Jan. 20 inauguration of now-President Joe Biden, Greene filed articles of impeachment against him.

The last congressperson to be stripped of their committee assignment was Republican congressman Steve King in 2019 after he was questioned during a media interview why white supremacy is considered offensive. He is no longer in Congress.

Jack Phillips and Reuters contributed to this report.

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