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Congressman Biggs' Statement on Democrats' Looming Actions to Strip Republican Member of Committee Assignments

February 2, 2021
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congressman Andy Biggs released a statement in response to Democrats’ plans to bring a resolution to the House floor to strip Congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene of her committee assignments:

“Since taking back the House majority in 2019, Speaker Nancy Pelosi and her Democrat conference have led the most radical agenda in our nation’s history, stopping at nothing to overthrow and undermine the Trump presidency and to demonize fellow Republicans in Congress. They seek to silence and discontinue conservative voices, while expanding their progressive, anti-American schemes. The Left is aided by their allies in the mainstream media, who issue hours and binders of propaganda from their ivory towers.

“Many members of the radical left in Congress have advocated for violence, anti-Semitism, anti-law enforcement, and other sentiments that have violated rules of decorum and principles of American decency. The left, and their allies in the mainstream media, have ignored and buried these egregious statements, while projecting their sins upon Republicans. The American people are repulsed by this hypocritical double standard and overt attempt to remove Republicans from power.

“All Members of Congress have a duty to hold ourselves to a higher standard when it come to our language and actions. While Congress does have specific rules governing some of our actions and rhetoric, we all understand that our constituents are the final arbiters of our performances. The Democrats’ moves to strip Congresswoman Greene of her committee assignments for thoughts and opinions she shared as a private citizen before coming to the U.S. House is unprecedented and unconstitutional, and these steps are a dangerous slope for our nation. All self-righteous Republicans beware: if this can happen to Congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene, it can happen to anyone of us.

“I unequivocally oppose this tyrannical move from the Democrats, and I call on all of my colleagues to stand against these political ploys to undermine our conference. We can disagree with statements that Congresswoman Greene – or any one of us – may have made, but we must reject attempts from the Left and the mainstream media to trash the First Amendment and to divide our conference based on a frenzied narrative. If the Left proceeds with this unprecedented action, Republicans should have no choice but to reciprocate when we have regained the majority.”

Here are statements from sitting Members of Congress that violate the rules of decorum and principles of American decency:

  • “Let’s make sure we show up wherever we have to show up. And if you see anybody from that Cabinet in a restaurant, in a department store, at a gasoline station, you get out and you create a crowd. And you push back on them. And you tell them they’re not welcome anymore, anywhere. – Congresswoman Maxine Waters, 2018
  • “It's all about the Benjamins baby” – Congresswoman Ilhan Omar, 2019
  • Rep. Rashida Tlaib retweeted a post to mark the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People in 2020, which included an anti-Israel slogan.
  • “This is -- I -- I just don't even know why there aren't uprisings all over the country. And maybe there will be, when people realize that this is a policy that they defend.” – then-House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, 2018
  • “You know, there needs to be unrest in the streets for as long as there’s unrest in our lives.” –  Rep. Ayanna Pressley, 2020
  • “We will probably need a supplemental for more security for members when the enemy is within the House of Representatives - a threat that members are concerned about in addition to what is happening outside.” – House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, 2021
  • "Please, get up in the face of some congresspeople," – Senator Cory Booker, 2018
  • What we've got to do is fight in Congress, fight in the courts, fight in the streets, fight online, fight at the ballot box, and now there's the momentum to be able to do this," –  Senator Tim Kaine, 2017
  • “I want to tell you, Gorsuch. I want to tell you, Kavanaugh. You have released the whirlwind, and you will pay the price. You won’t know what hit you if you go forward with these awful decisions. – then-Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, 2020
  • “What an inspiring evening this is. I am sitting here listening, watching, absorbing, thinking about Ali even though I never met him and with this kind of inspiration I will go and take Trump out tonight.– Congresswoman Maxine Waters, 2017
  • “I am happy to work with Republicans on this issue where there’s common ground, but you almost had me murdered 3 weeks ago so you can sit this one out. Happy to work w/ almost any other GOP that aren’t trying to get me killed.” – Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (talking about Senator Ted Cruz), 2021