Republicans Install Representatives Greene and Gosar on House Committees



Two Republican lawmakers who had previously been kicked from House committees because of their extremist or violent comments were given committee assignments again, days after House Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-California) won the gavel.

Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) will sit on the Homeland Security Committee and Rep. Paul A. Gosar (R-Ariz.) will sit on the House Natural Resources Committee, according to two people familiar with the assignments. who spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss the decisions.

Greene, who was first elected to Congress in 2020, was stripped of her congressional committee duties shortly after being sworn in over her past support of political violence and history of anti-Semitic and racist remarks. An outside agitator for much of her first term, Greene has been a staunch supporter of McCarthy in recent months, promoting his candidacy for president over the objections of some other far-right Republicans.

Before taking office, Greene claimed on social media that deadly school shootings were staged, liked posts calling for the execution of Democratic leaders and federal agents, and supported the unsubstantiated theory that space lasers belonging to a Jewish cabal had caused one of the fires. deadliest forests in California. . GOP leaders declined to chastise Greene for the comments; the House later voted to remove her from committees, with 11 Republicans joining the Democrats.

Greene also generated controversy while in office. One of former President Donald Trump’s staunchest allies, she helped spread his baseless claims that widespread voter fraud cost him the 2020 presidential election. Later, Greene told a crowd of young Republicans that she and the former -Trump aide Stephen K. Bannon “would have won” the January 6, 2021 attack on the US Capitol if they had organized it.

“Not to mention we would be armed,” Greene added, in comments that drew condemnation from the White House.

In November 2021, the House – then also Democratic-controlled – voted to censure Gosar and remove him from his committee assignments after he tweeted an altered anime video that showed him killing Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (DN.Y). .) swords in President Biden.

The powerful homeland security committee decides on the fate of legislation related to America’s national security – including border and immigration security, counterterrorism, cybersecurity, election security and emergency preparedness. The committee also oversees the Department of Homeland Security.

The natural resources committee, which Gosar sat on before being expelled in 2021, is considering bills on the National Park system and other public lands, as well as on the country’s energy, mineral and water resources. The committee also oversees the Departments of Interior, Agriculture and Commerce.

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