Since the 2020 presidential election, Republicans have chosen a position inside the party as either a moderate RINO or a real Republican values conservative. This schism to a peak in 2023, when conservative former President Donald Trump supported Kevin McCarthy, who was perceived as a moderate Republican. The week-long discussions and agreement to support McCarthy appear to have united the Republicans in Congress, with only a handful of Republicans still refusing to vote for the California representative. McCarthy has thus far abided by the terms of the agreement he signed.
Greene was removed from her committee assignments in February 2021, just one month after she was sworn into office, due to her earlier support for conspiracy theories and social media statements that incited violence against Democratic leaders. That day, Greene expressed sorrow for embracing baseless conspiracies on the House floor. Seven of the eleven House Republicans who voted for Greene’s removal from her seats on the budget and education committees remain in office: Wayne Dupree reports on Reps. Mario Diaz-Balart (Florida), Brian Fitzpatrick (Pennsylvania), Carlos Giménez (Florida), Young Kim (California), Nicole Malliotakis (New York), Maria Elvira Salazar (Florida), and Chris Smith (New Jersey).
After Gosar published an anime film on Twitter depicting him throwing swords at Vice President Biden and murdering Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the House resolved in November 2021 to reprimand him and remove him from his committee duties (D-N.Y.). Gosar stated on the House floor that he does not “espouse violence towards anyone” and that he withdrew the video out of sympathy for anyone who truly felt offended.
Reps. David Joyce (R-Ohio) and Liz Cheney (R-Wyoming) were the only other Republicans to vote in support of revoking Gosar’s committee assignments; Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-Ill.) abstained.
If the GOP won control of the House in November 2021, House Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) pledged that Greene and Gosar would be returned to committees, maybe “better” ones. McCarthy has also stated that Republicans will prevent Reps. Adam Schiff (Calif.), Eric Swalwell (Calif.), and Ilhan Omar (Minn.) from serving on the House Intelligence Committee and the House Foreign Affairs Committee, respectively, as retaliation for Democrats removing Greene and Gosar from committees and then-Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) blocking two of McCarthy’s picks from the Jan. 6 select committee.
Now it is said that Reps. Paul Gosar (R-Ariz.) and Marjorie Taylor Green (R-Ga.) would reclaim their committee assignments after losing them in the Democratic-controlled Congress of 2021. Greene will serve on the House Homeland Security and Oversight Committees while Gosar will serve on the House Natural Resources and Oversight Committees, where he previously served until being booted from the panel, according to two individuals with knowledge of the decisions. The full House GOP conference will need to confirm the decisions made by the Steering Committee, which comprises of around 30 elected regional representatives and members of the House Leadership. The conference frequently accepts the proposals of the Steering Committee.
The U.S.-Mexico border will undoubtedly receive a great deal of attention from the House Homeland Security Committee, which will have two staff members working from the border and will be chaired by Representative Mark Green (R-Tenn.). As a result of Mayorkas’s management of the border, Greene has called for his impeachment as homeland security secretary. The Homeland Security committee, according to Greene’s statement on her appointment, “will examine the Biden administration’s violations of our laws and finance (and defund) initiatives to defend our border and American sovereignty.”
Also on the docket of the House Oversight Committee are investigations into border issues, President Biden’s son Hunter Biden’s business activities, and the origins of COVID-19. This panel will be chaired by James Comer (R-Ky.).
Wayne Dupree proclaims:
Joe Biden, get ready. We will expose every illegal commercial transaction, foreign involvement, abuse of authority, and check written to The Big Guy, stated Greene in a statement. And it’s not only the Biden Crime Family; the GOP majority will look into all instances in which the American people are being mistreated by the government. Now, rather than being subject to Democrat rule’s rubber-stamp, every three- and four-letter agency must account to Republican supervision.
In contrast to many of her fellow conservative House colleagues, Greene was among the most vocal McCarthy supporters. However, she emphasized repeatedly that she had not been guaranteed a committee position. In a 2022 interview, Greene expressed desire in serve on the House Judiciary Committee, however she was not selected for the job. McCarthy’s return of her to her prior position on the Homeland Security Committee demonstrates that he is reversing the Democratic shifts of the past two years and honoring his agreements with Republican conservatives in exchange for their support in his bid to become speaker.