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Congressman Tom McClintock

Representing the 4th District of California

Vote Note H. Res. 72 – How Do You Solve a Problem like Marjorie?: No.

February 4, 2021
Vote Notes on Legislation
H. Res. 72 – How Do You Solve a Problem like Marjorie?: No.  Marjorie Taylor Greene is a freshman Congresswoman with an extensive history of Internet outbursts that range from bizarre to frightening.  Yet, for some reason not readily apparent to the outside world, the people of the 14th District of Georgia elected her to represent them in the House with nearly 75% of the vote.  
 
So how do you solve a problem like Marjorie?  This resolution offers one approach: strip her of her committees.  House Republicans did this to Congressman Steve King of Iowa after King professed bafflement at why “white supremacy” was frowned upon.  King lost his next election.
 
But this was for statements King made in Congress.  Greene’s sins predate her election and she has since vigorously renounced or disavowed them, to the seeming satisfaction of her constituents.  
 
King’s ouster was done by the rightful appointing authority: his party’s conference steering committee.  Greene’s ouster is being done by the opposing party, setting a dangerous precedent that would allow it to stack committees for partisan ends.  
 
Most of all, it begs an important question in a legislative body designed specifically to engage in free debate and to represent diverse constituencies across a great land.  The House is a forum where the most extreme political views should be vigorously contested and countered, and even ridiculed and condemned – but censorship is a dangerous road to start upon.  Extremism grows in the dark and recedes in the light.  That’s how you solve a problem like Marjorie.