A resolution to censure Democratic Representative Rashida Tlaib of Michigan, brought forth by Republican Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene of Georgia, was voted on in the House of Representatives. Multiple Republicans, along with Democrats, chose to table the resolution, effectively setting it aside.
The resolution had been met with criticism from Tlaib, who described it as “unhinged” and “deeply Islamophobic.” Part of the censure resolution claimed that Tlaib had “led an insurrection at the United States Capitol Complex on October 18, 2023,” a point that drew objections from some GOP lawmakers.
Republican Representative Thomas Massie of Kentucky explained his vote to table the resolution on Twitter, stating that he did so because he believed the resolution was modeled after legislation that condemned January 6 protesters. He also emphasized the importance of protecting free speech, even when it involves speech one disagrees with.
Representative Chip Roy of Texas, while acknowledging Tlaib’s controversial remarks regarding Israel and the Jewish people, deemed the resolution “feckless.” He argued that the resolution contained legally and factually unverified claims, including the assertion that Tlaib led an insurrection. Roy expressed his concern that the term “insurrection” had been stretched and abused in the aftermath of the events at the Capitol in January 2021 and should not be used lightly.
While it initially appeared that 23 House Republicans had voted to table the censure resolution, it was later revealed that Rep. Derrick Van Orden of Wisconsin, who had initially voted to table the resolution, changed his vote to support it. Consequently, it appears that 22 GOP lawmakers supported tabling the resolution.
Greene, who had introduced the censure resolution, criticized the Republicans who voted to table it, labeling them as “feckless” and expressing frustration at what she perceived as a lack of action and accountability from Republicans in addressing the actions of Democrats.
2021 House resolution to remove Rep. MTG from all committees:
Every Democrats voted for it
11 Republicans joined them
2023 House resolution to censure Rashida Tlaib:
20 Republicans voted against it
12 Republicans were absent
0 Democrats voted for it
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