‘Ticked Off’ House Republicans Finally Turn Against Marjorie Greene


On Wednesday, a full 18 House Republicans — who Washington Post journalist Paul Kane described as “ticked off” — voted against an effort led by Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) to force the House into adjournment. The Wednesday effort was the third such move by Greene in less than a week — according to Kane, all House Republicans voted with Greene the first time that she launched the stunt, but by Wednesday, one and a half dozen of them had turned against the effort.

Greene, who doesn’t have seats on House committees anymore following a recent vote against her in response to some of her past rhetoric and is in the House minority, doesn’t have a lot of options for action beyond these stunts. She certainly does not seem particularly interested in actually meaningful engagement with Democrats in the majority. Instead, she has repeatedly and consistently cast herself in existential opposition to the Democratic agenda. Recently, she even described the anti-discrimination legislation known as the Equality Act as an attack against God, which is just laughably wild.

On Wednesday, Greene said on the House floor that the COVID-19 economic relief package moving through Congress is “shameful,” although conditions across the country remain dire as the pandemic and its fallout continue to spread. The relief package already passed the House and is slated to soon pass the Senate, after which the House will reconsider any updates to the legislation in the Senate version.

The House is also slated to vote on election and police reform bills, and Greene appears to have geared her latest antics as a protest against those. Among other pending moves, Congress is currently working on H.R. 1, otherwise known as the For the People Act, which contains a substantive list of legislative reforms designed to strengthen voting rights nationwide and protect against corruption in the federal government. Congress is also working on the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act, which “would ban chokeholds and overhaul qualified immunity protections for law enforcement,” as NBC explains.

The Biden administration has issued formal statements of support for both H.R. 1 and the Justice in Policing Act. Although Democrats currently control the Senate, passing any legislation is still a tall hurdle, because most bills would need the support of 60 Senators in order to move to a vote.