The House of Representatives will vote on Thursday to remove Georgia Republican Marjorie Taylor Greene from her committee assignments for pushing conspiracy theories and calling for top Democrats to be executed, The New York Times reports.
House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy met with Greene on Tuesday and was said to be pushing for a deal to remove her from one of the two committees or move her from the Education panel to another committee. Greene was assigned to the Education and Labor Committee as well as the Budget Committee.
But House Democratic Leader Steny Hoyer said after speaking with McCarthy “it is clear there is no alternative to holding a floor vote on the resolution to remove Representative Greene from her committee assignments.”
The vote comes after Greene, a QAnon conspiracy theorist, came under fire for posts she made suggesting the Parkland and Sandy Hook school shootings were fake, that 9/11 was an inside job, and that a powerful Jewish family controlled a secret space laser that caused California wildfires. She also called for House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and other top Democrats to be executed for “treason.”
Republicans privately horrified:
The vote will force Republican lawmakers to go on the record about whether Greene should be sanctioned for her past comments.
“Most Republican lawmakers have privately been horrified by her rhetoric,” The Times reported, but some have argued that she should not be punished for comments she made before she was elected.
Republicans considered removing Greene themselves, concerned that allowing the majority party to strip a minority member of their committee assignments would set a dangerous precedent.
Some Republicans are also worried that Greene has support from former President Donald Trump, and any move could enrage his base of supporters.
House GOP to meet about Cheney:
The move comes ahead of a Wednesday Republican meeting to discuss the future of Wyoming Rep. Liz Cheney, the No. 3 ranking Republican in the House who voted to impeach Trump.
The House Freedom Caucus and other conservatives want to remove her from her leadership position for failing to support Trump.
Some senior ranking Republicans have pushed back on the idea of booting Cheney.