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Biden slams door on scaled-back COVID relief

House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, D-Md., announced Wednesday the House of Representatives would vote Thursday to remove Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, R-Ga., from her House committees because of her past controversial statements and embracing of QAnon conspiracy theories.

Hoyer and House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., spoke Wednesday in a final effort to reach a compromise on Greene. But after the conversation, Hoyer said in a statement there was “no alternative” to holding a vote to boot Greene from her committee posts. A key House panel is set to take up the motion spearheaded by Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-Fla., Wednesday afternoon, clearing the way for the full House to vote.

Democrats have called for Greene to be stripped of her assignments on the House Education and Labor Committee and the Budget Committee after her past statements and social media posts resurfaced after she sworn into office Jan. 3.

She had “liked” calls for violence against prominent Democrats on Facebook, described school shootings as staged events, and outlined conspiracies such as space lasers causing deadly wildfires in California.

Republicans denounced Greene as well, including Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., and Sen. Todd Young, R-Ind., who called her an “embarrassment to our party.”

Greene did not answer questions Wednesday from reporters as she left her office. House Republicans have a meeting Wednesday afternoon and Greene’s future within their caucus is likely to be discussed.

– Nicholas Wu 

‘Not even in the cards’: Biden slams door on Republicans’ scaled-back COVID relief proposal

On a private conference call with House Democrats Wednesday morning, President Joe Biden told lawmakers it was “not even in the cards” to go from his $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief bill to a $618 billion counterproposal from a group of Senate Republicans. 

Biden told House Democratic leaders he would not break a “promise to the American people” on the $1,400 stimulus checks, according to a source on the phone call not authorized to speak publicly.

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