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House readies to battle over disciplining Greene and Tlaib, and expelling Santos

The House of Representatives is expected to start dealing with controversial plans to either discipline or expel members Wednesday evening.

On the table is a resolution to censure Rep. Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich., for her antisemitic comments and support of an anti-Israel rally on Capitol Hill; a resolution to censure Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, R-Ga., over a host of remarks, including anti-LGBTQ comments; and a resolution to expel Rep. George Santos, R-N.Y., as he faces a litany of criminal charges and criticism for lying about his background to win a seat in Congress.

Even though these three disciplinary measures are slated to come up on the House floor, it’s possible the House may only vote on motions to table each resolution. If the motion to table succeeds, the resolution is essentially done. However, if the House fails to table a resolution, it would go on do debate and vote directly on each measure to censure or expulsion. 

The House will consider each resolution for Tlaib, Greene and Santos separately. It takes a simple majority to table the resolutions. A simple majority is also required to adopt a censure resolution. However, Article I, Section 5 of the Constitution requires a two-thirds vote to expel a lawmaker from the House.

Malliotakis and others have suggested that Bowman be expelled for “disrupting Congress.” They note that Bowman is a former elementary school teacher and principal. Malliotakis says that a student would be expelled from school had they pulled a false fire alarm. She reasons that Bowman deserves the same punishment. But any sanction for Bowman is not before the House on Wednesday. 

Fox News’ Thomas Phippen contributed to this report.

Chad Pergram currently serves as a senior congressional correspondent for FOX News Channel (FNC). He joined the network in September 2007 and is based out of Washington, D.C.


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