The United States House of Representatives is having a floor vote this week on H.Res. 72, a resolution to strip Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) of her committee memberships. This is a novel and severe punishment for a House floor vote to impose on a House member.
So what exactly is Greene, who joined the House in January after winning election in November, alleged to have done that merits this extreme response? Let’s take a look at the resolution to read the accusations of nefarious behavior.
Hmm. Those accusations are not there. The only even sort of claim of bad behavior in the brief resolution is this incredibly general statement: “Marjorie Taylor Greene should be removed from her committee assignments in light of conduct she has exhibited.”
You think I missed something? Check out the resolution for yourself. Here it is:
Removing a certain Member from certain standing committees of the House of Representatives.
Whereas clause 1 of rule XXIII of the Rules of the House of Representatives provides, ‘‘A Member, Delegate, Resident Commissioner, officer, or employee of the House shall behave at all times in a manner that shall reflect creditably on the House.’’; and
Whereas Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene should be removed from her committee assignments in light of conduct she has exhibited: Now, therefore, be it
Resolved, That the following named Member be, and is hereby, removed from the following standing committees of the House of Representatives:
COMMITTEE ON THE BUDGET: Mrs. Greene of Georgia.
COMMITTEE ON EDUCATION AND LABOR: Mrs. Greene of Georgia.
The resolution might as well have just used the old refrain parents whip out when dealing with children: “Marjorie, you get off those committees right now because we said so!”
Reprinted with permission from the Ron Paul Institute for Peace and Prosperity.