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Democrats to Oust Marjorie Taylor Greene From Committees If GOP Won’t

Bloomberg logo Bloomberg 2/2/2021 Billy House
a person sitting on a chair: Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene, a Republican from Georgia, wears a protective mask during a joint session of Congress to count the Electoral College votes of the 2020 presidential election at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021. © Bloomberg Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene, a Republican from Georgia, wears a protective mask during a joint session of Congress to count the Electoral College votes of the 2020 presidential election at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021.

(Bloomberg) -- Top House Democrats are considering a move to strip controversial GOP Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene of her two committee assignments as they ramp up pressure on Republican leaders to take action over her past incendiary remarks and social media posts.

The Rules Committee on Wednesday will consider a resolution that would remove the Georgia freshman from the Budget and Education and Labor committees, to which she was assigned last week. That would allow the measure to go to a floor vote later this week.

“It is my hope and expectation that Republicans will do the right thing and hold Representative Greene accountable, and we will not need to consider this resolution. But we are prepared to do so if necessary,” House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer said in a statement Monday.

Hoyer has spoken to House Republican leader Kevin McCarthy about the GOP taking its own action again Greene, according to two people familiar with the matter.

McCarthy plans to have a conversation with Greene this week, according to a person briefed on this plans.

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell put out a rare statement weighing in on House affairs, without naming Greene specifically, but saying someone who believes in conspiracy theories is “not living in reality.”

“Loony lies and conspiracy theories are cancer for the Republican Party and our country,“ McConnell said. “Somebody who’s suggested that perhaps no airplane hit the Pentagon on 9/11, that horrifying school shootings were pre-staged, and that the Clintons crashed JFK Jr.’s airplane is not living in reality.”

Greene’s promotion of QAnon conspiracies was known before her November election to the House. But outrage has mushroomed after her recently disclosed history of social media posts, including endorsing violence against Speaker Nancy Pelosi and other Democrats, and suggesting mass school shootings were staged.

Republicans removed former GOP House member Steve King of Iowa from his committee assignment for comments that were taken as supportive of white supremacy.

Asked for a response to the move by Democrats, Greene accused Democrats and the media of working against conservative Republicans and targeting her as “a threat to their goal of Socialism.”

“They are coming after me because, like President Trump, I will always defend America First values,” Greene said in a statement.

(Updates with McConnell statement in the seventh paragraph)

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