McCarthy announces no disciplinary actions against Greene
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) announced no disciplinary actions against Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (Ga.) in a statement released as he met with his caucus. During the meeting, he told members he did not want to remove Greene from her committee assignment, according to a senior GOP source in the room.
In the statement, McCarthy condemned her incendiary remarks, but offered no disciplinary actions.
“Past comments from and endorsed by Marjorie Taylor Greene on school shootings, political violence, and anti-Semitic conspiracy theories do not represent the values or beliefs of the House Republican Conference," the statement read.
"I condemn those comments unequivocally. I condemned them in the past. I continue to condemn them today. This House condemned QAnon last Congress and continues to do so today.”
McCarthy met with Greene on Tuesday, and the GOP leader said he gave her the same message.
“I made this clear to Marjorie when we met. I also made clear that as a member of Congress we have a responsibility to hold ourselves to a higher standard than how she presented herself as a private citizen. Her past comments now have much greater meaning. Marjorie recognized this in our conversation. I hold her to her word, as well as her actions going forward.”
The House is set to vote on removing Taylor Greene from her committee assignments on Thursday.
She is a member of the Education and Labor Committee, a point of scrutiny given her past statements suggesting school shootings were staged to build the case for gun control.
She has also been heavily criticized for past remarks supporting the execution of Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and perpetuating conspiracy theories that the 9/11 terrorist attacks were a hoax and that lasers in space controlled by a Jewish family were responsible for wildfires in McCarthy's home state of California.
Senate GOP leaders have condemned Taylor Greene forcefully, but have no power on her committee assignments.
“Loony lies and conspiracy theories are cancer for the Republican Party and our country,” Senate GOP Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said in a statement on Monday.
Other Republicans have offered support for Taylor Greene keeping her assignments.
House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (R-Md.) rejected a deal proposed by McCarthy to remove her from the Education and Labor Committee, but allowing her to remain on the House Budget panel.
Hoyer announced shortly after his conversation with McCarthy that Democrats would move forward with a floor vote to strip her of her committee posts — a difficult vote for Republicans in swing districts.
"I spoke to Leader McCarthy this morning, and it is clear there is no alternative to holding a Floor vote on the resolution to remove Rep. Greene from her committee assignments," Hoyer said in a statement earlier in the day. "The Rules Committee will meet this afternoon, and the House will vote on the resolution tomorrow."
McCarthy’s handling of the Greene situation was met with frustrations from some in the party, arguing he should have acted faster to prevent the controversy from dragging out.
“There’s no other way to slice this: McCarthy completely screwed this up and threw the conference under the bus in the process. It’s the job of the leader to protect members from bad floor votes. He could’ve dealt with this a week ago and his inability to ever take a position allowed Democrats to make the decision for him and put our members in the absolute worse position possible,” one GOP operative said following Hoyer’s announcement on the vote.
The scandal engulfing Matt Gaetz, one of Donald Trump’s brashest supporters in Congress, deepened on Friday after an associate admitted sex trafficking involving a minor and agreed to cooperate with investigators. Joel Greenberg, a former tax collector in Florida, said he and unidentified others paid a 17-year-old girl for sex and he provided the girl with drugs, according to court papers cited by multiple media outlets. Greenberg, 37, is expected to plead guilty to six federal charges, including financial crimes, in court in Orlando on Monday.
Elise Stefanik cruised to victory in a vote to replace Liz Cheney as House Republicans' third-ranked leader, capping off a tumultuous month in the GOP conference sparked by its bitter divisions over Donald Trump. Stefanik won in a 134-46 secret-ballot vote, defeating her sole challenger Rep. Chip Roy of Texas — an unsurprising outcome after she aggressively campaigned for the No. 3 spot, scooping up endorsements from top party leaders and Trump. The 36-year-old New Yorker, known as a moderate turned Trump ally who's used her fundraising skills to help elect a new class of GOP women.
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has said the Republican extremist Marjorie Taylor Greene has a “fixation” on progressive members of Congress, and warned that Greene’s behavior has “raised concerns” among Democrats. Greene, a Trump loyalist and a promoter of the QAnon conspiracy theory, was elected to the House in 2020, and has spent her first months in office harassing Ocasio-Cortez and other progressive Democrats.
House Republicans voted quickly on Wednesday to remove Liz Cheney as their No. 3 leader over her repeated criticism of Donald Trump, a massive shakeup that ties the party tighter to Trump and threatens to create a new litmus test in the GOP. The fast-moving campaign to dump Cheney, Congress' highest-ranking Republican woman, and replace her with a Trump loyalist was orchestrated by House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy and his top deputies. The California Republican and his allies complained that Cheney’s constant readiness to call out Trump’s lies.