Lauren Boebert (R-Colo) on Wednesday plans to introduce a motion to strip her of her committee assignment, according to a Democratic aide familiar with the matter.
why it matters: This move, which was first reported by Washington Post, comes as progressives – eager to face retaliation to the right-wing firebrand for their recent comments – have become dismayed by the inaction of the Democratic leadership on the issue.
Background: Dozens of House Progressives publicly called Boebert on Rep. Called to lose his committee seats on anti-Muslim comments towards Ilhan Omar (D-Min.).
- In addition to repeatedly branding Omar and his allies a “jihad squad”, Boebert recently suggested that he is a terrorist threat.
- Omar attempted to highlight last week how that rhetoric has fueled violence with abusive death threats received from an unknown caller.
description: The bill is being led by Representative Ayanna Pressley (D-Mass.) and a “growing list” of co-sponsors—including Reps Corey Bush (D-Mo.), Judy Choo (D-California), Chuy Garcia . (D-Ill.), Jimmy Gomez (D-Cal.), Pramila Jayapal (D-Wash.), Barbara Lee (D-Cal.), and Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.), associates.
- Rep. David Sicilin (Dr.I.), who co-chairs the LGBT Equality Caucus and signs a joint statement Calling for Boebert’s removal from his committees last week, he told Nerdshala that he also signed the law.
Bottom-line: While progressives hope to force the issue with resolution, the question of whether it even gets votes, much less pass, ultimately comes down to leadership.
- Democratic leaders have cautioned not to stake a firm position, even as they have left the door open for Boebert to approve and engage in ongoing discussions with Omar.
- House Majority Whip Jim Clyburn (DS.C.) told Nerdshala Tuesday night he has “no idea” whether House will take action against Boebert.