In a bold move, first-term Democratic Representative Becca Balint from Vermont took action to push for a vote on her resolution to censure Republican Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene of Georgia. This decision was partly in response to Greene’s earlier attempt to force a vote to censure Democratic Representative Rashida Tlaib of Michigan.
Balint’s move, which occurred on Thursday, introduced a privileged resolution that provides the House with a mere two legislative days to deliberate on it when the chamber convenes next Wednesday.
Accusing Johnson of attempting to curtail her rights as a gay American, Balint didn’t hold back her criticism. This came in the wake of Johnson’s known opposition to same-sex marriage.
The chances of a direct vote on the resolution in the House seemed slim. Instead, it was more likely that a procedural move would be made to table it, effectively extinguishing the resolution’s prospects. When asked whether she had discussed the resolution with any Republicans, Balint didn’t mince words, asserting, “If they can’t vote for it, they have no moral compass.”
Balint’s resolution raised multiple concerns regarding Greene’s actions. These included Greene’s visit to inmates involved in the January 6th events in a Washington jail, her reference to it as the “patriot wing,” her characterization of Muslim members of Congress as the “Jihad Squad,” and her appearance at a white nationalist event (although she later disavowed any knowledge of its affiliation with white nationalism and condemned its leader). The resolution also cited Greene’s comparison of COVID-19 vaccinations to Nazi practices against Jewish people, among other grievances.
Stripped of committee assignments
In 2021, Greene faced consequences when she was stripped of her committee assignments shortly after taking office. This action was taken as a response to her involvement with conspiracy theories and her endorsement of a Facebook comment advocating for the assassination of former Speaker Nancy Pelosi, a fact highlighted in Balint’s resolution.
This resolution, initially brought forth in July, comprises a lengthy list of approximately 40 grievances directed at Greene. Many of these grievances meticulously document her controversial statements, complete with the dates on which she uttered them. Among these, the most recent incident involved Greene displaying images of Hunter Biden during a House hearing.
Following her action on the House floor on Thursday, Balint vehemently criticized the newly appointed Speaker, Mike Johnson of Louisiana, and Greene. Earlier in the day, Greene had invoked a privileged motion to compel a vote on censuring Tlaib, alleging “antisemitic activity” and “sympathizing with terrorist organizations.”
Balint passionately declared, “The fact that on the very first day of his leadership, he lets Marjorie Taylor Greene bring to the floor a resolution that is riddled with lies and falsehoods on my colleague — it won’t stand.” She continued by addressing Greene’s actions, saying, “This woman, Marjorie Taylor Greene — it seems to be her only purpose is to sic Americans after other Americans, to fend more hatred, to fan more dissension and fear-mongering. We have got to have a bottom here.”
As for Greene’s response to the resolution introduced back in July, her office remained silent when contacted for comment. However, Greene had previously dismissed it with disdain, implying political motivations behind it. She stated, “I don’t know who this freshman Democrat is. They must have terrible fundraising numbers because they’re pulling some ridiculous stunt. Looks like four pages of slander because I looked at the first few lines and I was like, ‘That’s not even true.'”
It’s worth noting that while Greene has faced previous reprimands from House Democrats, she has yet to be officially censured by the House.
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