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Rep. Liz Cheney on Capitol Hill on Wednesday. Photo: Al Drago/Bloomberg via Getty Images

House Republicans on Wednesday voted 145-61 to keep Rep. Liz Cheney as chair of the GOP conference.

Why it matters: Leadership hopes that with this vote, Republican lawmakers can move forward from the drama surrounding Cheney's decision to impeach former President Trump, and focus on a unified message ahead of the 2022 midterms.

Driving the news: The vote came after a tense, hours-long meeting about the future of the party following a push by pro-Trump members to oust Cheney.

What they're saying: House GOP Leader Kevin McCarthy, who opened Wednesday night's meeting by telling the conference that he supported Cheney and wanted her to remain in her role, told reporters that she "got a resounding shot in the arm" with that vote, and that the party is "united, we've got the right leadership team behind it."

  • Rep. Jim Jordan (Ohio), who voted to oust Cheney from her leadership role, told Axios: "It wasn't the position that I supported, but I'm moving forward. Liz is going to stay as conference chair, and we're gonna work together to take back the majority."

Editor's note: This article has been updated with new details throughout.

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AOC reveals she's a sexual assault survivor while discussing Capitol riots

Photo: Tom Williams/CQ-Roll Call, Inc via Getty Images/Pool

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) said during an Instagram live Monday night that she's "a survivor of sexual assault" and likened Republicans who said the country should "move on" from the U.S. Capitol insurrection to "abusers."

Details: "The reason I'm getting emotional in this moment is because the folks who tell us to move on, that it's not a big deal, that we should forget what's happened, or even telling us to apologize, these are the same tactics of abusers," said a tearful Ocasio-Cortez.

House to vote on stripping Marjorie Taylor Greene of committee assignments

Greene shouts at journalists as she goes through security outside the House chamber. Photo: Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/AFP via Getty Images

The House will vote on Thursday on a resolution to strip Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) of her committee assignments over her promotion of baseless conspiracy theories and violent rhetoric about Democrats.

Why it matters: House GOP Leader Kevin McCarthy had hoped to find an alternative with Greene or Democratic leadership to avoid the drastic step, but a statement from House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) on Wednesday made clear they were unable to reach an agreement.

House votes to fine lawmakers who don't comply with metal detectors

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi walks through a metal detector before entering the House Chamber at the U.S. Capitol in January. Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Images

The House on Tuesday night created a new rule to fine lawmakers up to $10,000 if they refuse to pass through metal detectors in Congress.

Why it matters: The new screening measures were introduced on Capitol Hill following the deadly Jan. 6 insurrection.