In a speech on the House floor this morning, Rep. Jimmy Gomez (D-CA) said that he introduced a resolution to expel Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) from the chamber more than a month after the House passed on a resolution to remove Greene from her committee assignments.
“I believe some of my Republican colleagues, and one in particular, wish harm upon this legislative body. And I’m not saying this for shock value you. It’s the conclusion I drew after a member of Congress advocated violence against our peers, the Speaker, and our government,” said Gomez, who is in his second term. “I take no joy in introducing this resolution, but any member who incites political violence and threatens our lives must be expelled.”
In late January, Gomez said that he was planning to introduce the resolution but didn’t follow through until today. According to Forbes, the resolution, the text of which isn’t available, is reportedly co-sponsored by more than 70 Democrats. Although the House may expel a member, Article I, Section 5 of the Constitution requires two-thirds of members to do so. Only 11 Republicans joined Democrats in removing Greene from her committees.
It’s unclear whether House Democratic leadership will bring the resolution to the floor considering the high threshold to remove a member. If they do, it would be little more than a messaging vote unless there’s a sudden change in the attitudes a large chunk of House Republicans. That said, Democrats want to make Greene, who is the worst messenger for the causes in which she claims to believe, the face of the Republican Party.
By the way, Greene was suspended from Twitter today for 12 hours. This is the second time (that I’m aware of) that Greene has been suspended by the social media platform.