House Freedom Caucus Votes On Whether To Expel Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene
House Freedom Caucus members have voted on the status of Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene’s (R-Georgia) membership in the group, as many feel threatened by her close alliance with Speaker Kevin McCarthy and recent criticism of her colleagues.
The Freedom Caucus consists of roughly 35 Republican representatives and is generally considered to be the farthest-right bloc within the House. Greene’s formal status has not yet been announced, but sources have alluded to a consensus against her.
Eighty percent of the group must support the approval of any formal decision. A spokesperson for Freedom Caucus Chair Scott Perry (R-Pennsylvania) has declined to comment on the matter, as has a spokesperson for Greene.
This is not the first time this month that Greene has found herself at odds with her fellow party members. Just last week, it was reported that Greene called Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-Colorado) a “little b—-“ after claiming that Boebert copied her plans to impeach President Joe Biden. The showdown was made public and both women confirmed that spar that took place right on the House floor.
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Greene’s probable removal from the Freedom Caucus will only add to tensions amongst House conservatives. Earlier in the month, members of the group staged walkouts in opposition to McCarthy’s role in the debt deal, claiming that they were not included in the debate. The rebellion delayed certain Republican bills from being passed and served as a warning to McCarthy and his allies, who realized that partisan loyalty may not be unwavering.
Greene’s exit would again reflect conservatives’ increasing efforts to advance ideological goals and remove anyone who poses a threat.
The Freedom Caucus’ decision has not been released, as there has been some indication of possible intervention by the chair or the board to slow the process down.
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