Like Donald Trump, Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) often says that Republicans don’t know how to fight like Democrats, who always move as a unit. Sadly, it doesn’t seem that will be changing any time soon.
In just the latest sign of disunity in the Republican ranks, 40 House Republicans voted against a motion brought by Greene to hold up President Joe Biden’s nearly $2 trillion COVID-19 relief bill on Wednesday, The Hill reported.
A controversial figure
Greene, for her part, has quickly become one of the most vocal and controversial members of Congress, holding herself out as a champion of Donald Trump’s base who is unafraid to challenge business as usual in the “Swamp.”
The freshman GOP firebrand has been forcing votes to adjourn the House in order to slow down the Democratic Party’s agenda. She did so again Wednesday to delay Joe Biden’s $1.9 trillion COVID relief bill, which she called a “massive woke progressive Democrat wish list.”
Forty House Republicans voted against Greene’s motion, more than the 18 House Republicans last time. Most Republicans, nearly 150 of them, still sided with her in the motion, which failed 149–235. Greene ended up delaying the partisan bill’s passage about an hour, and Biden signed it into law Thursday evening, as the BBC reported.
Greene’s votes have brought disruption to the schedules of lawmakers, but that’s exactly what she says she’s there in Washington to do.
“Some GOP members complained to me that I messed up their schedule. I’m not sorry for interrupting fundraising calls [and] breakfast,” she tweeted recently, according to Fox News.
The “Surrender Caucus”
According to USA Today, Greene has used the same tactic against three other major Democratic initiatives: their massive elections bill known as H.R. 1, the Equality Act, and the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act.
Greene reportedly began using the strategy after she was stripped of her committee assignments in February following a media firestorm that saw liberals ramp up calls to expel her from Congress over controversial past comments.
According to The Hill, Never-Trump Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-IL), who was one of 11 Republicans to support removing Greene from her committees and one of a handful to impeach Trump, said of her motions: “I’m just tired of it. We’re doing this every day, and there’s no point. So I’m just done playing.”
“With the woke progressive fire hose spraying on and on and on, my Republican colleagues are constantly saying they want to stop the Democrats,” she said. “But when time comes to stop them, it’s business as usual for some.” Greene has certainly got the right attitude.