[Marjorie Taylor Green] As far as I can tell, she's here for all the wrong reasons. She is here just to make a show of herself. She's here for the theater. — Rep. John Yarmuth, chairman of the House Budget Committee
[Marjorie Taylor Green] As far as I can tell, she's here for all the wrong reasons. She is here just to make a show of herself. She's here for the theater. — Rep. John Yarmuth, chairman of the House Budget Committee
How Marjorie Taylor Green became the Voldemort of Congress. Few lawmakers even want to say her name.
  • House members say they are done answering questions about Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene.
  • Democrats told Insider they were relieved they didn't have to work with her on committees.
  • Pelosi said the ethics committee may need to look into Greene's conduct after an incident with AOC.
Democrats don't want to say Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene's name. Even some Republicans feel the same way.

In just four months, the firebrand Georgia Republican has established herself as something of a Voldemort on Capitol Hill. Mention her, and she gets only stronger. Ignore her, and pray that bad things don't happen.

Indeed, House members recently interviewed by Insider said they were sick of answering questions about one of their newest colleagues. Many said they were relieved they didn't have to work with her after the House's mostly party-line vote in February stripped her of assignments on the House Budget and Education and Labor committees.


"I don't understand what she's doing. I really don't. I'm glad I don't have to interact with her, and I don't waste any time thinking about her," Rep. Pramila Jayapal, a Democrat of Washington, said.

Greene only burnished her reputation as a Capitol Hill rabble-rouser after she aggressively confronted Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez just off the House floor Wednesday afternoon and was overheard by reporters berating the New York Democrat for pursuing "radical socialism."

Even some of Greene's GOP colleagues shied away from answering questions about that interaction. For their part, Democrats sounded like they were flabbergasted.

"I was relieved before this," Rep. John Yarmuth, who as chairman of the House Budget Committee would have had to work with Greene had she not lost her work assignments, told Insider. "As far as I can tell, she's here for all the wrong reasons. She is here just to make a show of herself. She's here for the theater."

Rep. Adam Kinzinger of Illinois was one of 11 Republicans to vote Greene off her committees. He criticized her latest outburst against Ocasio-Cortez on Twitter, saying: "Some just want attention or cannot handle their emotions."


... Some Democrats think further discipline is necessary. During her weekly press conference, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi referred to Greene's confrontation as a "verbal assault" and "abuse" against Ocasio-Cortez and said the House Ethics Committee might need to take up the matter.

"This is beneath the dignity of a person serving in the Congress of the United States and is a cause for trauma and fear among members, especially on the heels of an insurrection," she said.

Some lawmakers are pushing Congress to go even further. Rep. Jimmy Gomez, a Democrat of California, wore a mask in the Capitol on Thursday that read, "EXPEL MTG."

Greene's removal from committees means she can't ask questions of Biden administration officials during hearings or shape legislation by offering amendments during committee markups.

That hasn't stopped her from trying to influence policy in America. Greene has introduced 11 bills in the House, according to Congress.gov, including a bill to reduce the $434,312 salary of Anthony Fauci, a longtime civil servant who clashed with President Donald Trump during the coronavirus pandemic. Another bill would ban discrimination against people who don't get their coronavirus shots, and a third would impeach President Joe Biden.
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