House rejects GOP resolution condemning Pelosi for ripping up Trump's speech

House Democrats on Thursday voted down a GOP-backed resolution to "strongly" condemn Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiPelosi: Ginsburg successor must uphold commitment to 'equality, opportunity and justice for all' Bipartisan praise pours in after Ginsburg's death Pelosi orders Capitol flags at half-staff to honor Ginsburg MORE (D-Calif.) for ripping up President TrumpDonald John TrumpObama calls on Senate not to fill Ginsburg's vacancy until after election Planned Parenthood: 'The fate of our rights' depends on Ginsburg replacement Progressive group to spend M in ad campaign on Supreme Court vacancy MORE's State of the Union speech two days earlier.

The measure was rejected in a 224 to 193 party-line vote.

Top Republicans have blasted Pelosi for shredding her copy of the speech immediately after Trump concluded his remarks on Tuesday evening before a joint session of Congress.

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GOP lawmakers have characterized her actions as “a breach of decorum” and accused her of disrespecting the guests the president honored at the annual event. Several Republicans, including House Minority Whip Steve ScaliseStephen (Steve) Joseph ScaliseHouse GOP slated to unveil agenda ahead of election House panel details 'serious' concerns around Florida, Georgia, Texas, Wisconsin elections Scalise hit with ethics complaint over doctored Barkan video MORE (La.) and House Republican Conference Chairwoman Liz CheneyElizabeth (Liz) Lynn CheneyOVERNIGHT ENERGY: Cheney asks DOJ to probe environmental groups | Kudlow: 'No sector worse hurt than energy' during pandemic | Trump pledges 'no politics' in Pebble Mine review Cheney asks DOJ to probe environmental groups  Press: The big no-show at the RNC MORE (Wyo.), have called on Pelosi to apologize.

Rep. Kay GrangerNorvell (Kay) Kay GrangerBottom line Helping our seniors before it's too late House approves .3 trillion spending package for 2021 MORE (R-Texas) led the efforts on the privileged resolution that was later rejected by House Democrats.

“Speaker Pelosi’s actions last night were appalling and shameful," Granger said in a statement Wednesday. "Regardless of her personal feelings, she had a responsibility to conduct herself with civility as the presiding officer representing the House of Representatives. She is not the Speaker of the Democrats, but of the People’s House."

Drew Hammill, a spokesman for Pelosi, later responded with a statement saying: “It is sad to see a senior Member, respected on both sides of the aisle, have to kneel at the altar of Trump in order to win her primary. That’s all this is about.”

Granger faces a primary challenge in March, and the conservative Club for Growth is backing her opponent, technology executive Chris Putnam, by funding a seven-figure advertising offensive.

 

In addition to the resolution, Republicans are taking other steps to go after Pelosi.

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House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthyKevin Owen McCarthyTrump asked Chamber of Commerce to reconsider Democratic endorsements: report The Hill's Morning Report - Sponsored by The Air Line Pilots Association - White House moves closer to Pelosi on virus relief bill Trump's sharp words put CDC director on hot seat MORE (R-Calif.) on Thursday said he was submitting a signed copy of Trump's speech to be archived by the House Clerk.

A day earlier, Rep. Matt GaetzMatthew (Matt) GaetzLara Trump campaigns with far-right activist candidate Laura Loomer in Florida House to vote on removing cannabis from list of controlled substances The Hill's 12:30 Report: Sights and sounds from GOP convention night 1 MORE (R-Fla.), a top Trump ally, tweeted that he planned to file an ethics complaint against Pelosi, claiming "a potential violation of law" by Pelosi.

"BREAKING: I'm filing an ethics complaint against @SpeakerPelosi for destroying @realDonaldTrump's State of the Union speech. Her conduct was beneath the dignity of the House, and a potential violation of law (18 USC 2071). Nobody is above the law. She must be held accountable," he tweeted.

Hammill has dismissed Gaetz's complaint as a "frivolous stunt."

Pelosi on Thursday defended her actions.

"I tore up a manifesto of mistruths," she told reporters during her weekly press conference. "It was necessary to get the attention of the American people to say, 'This is not true. And this is how it affects you.' And I don't need any lessons from anyone, especially the president of the United States, about dignity."

Updated at 4:49 p.m.