House to vote on censuring Gosar, stripping committee seats
The House will vote Wednesday on censuring Rep. Paul Gosar (R-Ariz.) and removing his committee assignments, a source familiar with the matter tells Axios.
Why it matters: Gosar posted a video depicting violence against Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) and President Biden. The resolution would remove him from the House Committee on Oversight and Reform, of which Ocasio-Cortez is also a member, and the Committee on Natural Resources, the source said.
- House Speaker Nancy Pelosi called Gosar's conduct "not only endangerment of [Ocasio-Cortez], but an insult to the institution of the House of Representatives."
- "We cannot have members joking about murdering each other, as well as threatening the president of the United States," she added.
- The text of the resolution says, in part, that such "depictions of violence can foment actual violence and jeopardize the safety of elected officials."
What they're saying: Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) told CNN she supports the resolution.
- Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-Ill.), who serves with Cheney on the House Jan. 6 select committee, said through a spokesperson he supports holding people who make such statements "accountable."
- He added: "Such behavior is not compatible with the integrity of the institution nor the principles of the Republican Party."
Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.), who lost her committee assignments for her own incendiary remarks, told Axios that "accountability needs to happen" for Democrats if Republicans take control of the House after next year's midterms.
- Greene said she also wants the 13 Republicans who voted for the bipartisan infrastructure bill to have their committee assignments stripped for defying House GOP leaders.
Editor's note: This story has been updated to add that the House action would also strip Rep. Gosar of his seat on the Committee on Natural Resources.