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Texas GOP members vote no on Rep. Greene punishment

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A straight party vote among the Texas delegation on the fate of a freshman lawmaker from Georgia.

Eleven Republicans voted to kick fellow Republican Marjorie Taylor Greene off the House labor and Education committees, and none were from Texas.

Greene once embraced Q Anon theories. She doubted a plane crashed into the Pentagon on 9/11 and more. Greene also doubted the veracity of the Sandy Hook and Parkland school shootings. She also said the Las Vegas massacre may have been staged.

University of Houston political scientist Brandon Rottinghaus says this is a big deal.  "Committees are positions of power and they are plum assignments, especially the ones that she was on.  To be removed from them is a pretty strong signal that the leadership is not happy with you."

He believes Greene is now the only representative not on a committee or sub-committee.  "It is definitely for the majority party a strong signal that they're not going to put up with a lot of the untenable claim or outrageous statements that individuals might make."

He says the majority party, if they want to can strip anyone of committee assignments, but typically don't because they want to share power.  "In an extreme case like this, the majority party feels that this is something that cannot sustain."

Greene has since walked back her statements and allegations.

The House vote was 230-199.


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