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 PelosiOvernight On The Money — Senate Democrats lay out their tax plans Democrats haggle as deal comes into focus Dem hopes for infrastructure vote hit brick wall MORE (D-Calif.) for ripping up President TrumpDonald TrumpJan. 6 panel plans to subpoena Trump lawyer who advised on how to overturn election Texans chairman apologizes for 'China virus' remark Biden invokes Trump in bid to boost McAuliffe ahead of Election Day 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 ScaliseThe 9 Republicans who voted to hold Bannon in contempt of Congress Hillicon Valley — Presented by Xerox — US cracks down on tools for foreign hacking House passes bills to secure telecommunications infrastructure MORE (La.) and House Republican Conference Chairwoman Liz CheneyElizabeth (Liz) Lynn CheneyAt least five Trump administration staffers have spoken with Jan 6 committee: CNN Juan Williams: Trump is killing American democracy Jan. 6 committee chair: 'No question' Capitol riot was a premeditated attack MORE (Wyo.), have called on Pelosi to apologize.

Rep. Kay GrangerNorvell (Kay) Kay GrangerConservative women's group endorses Sarah Huckabee Sanders for Arkansas governor Bottom line House passes sprawling spending bill ahead of fall shutdown fight 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 McCarthyJuan Williams: Trump is killing American democracy Republican spin on Biden is off the mark Cheney reveals GOP's Banks claimed he was Jan. 6 panel's ranking member 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) GaetzSpringsteen: Trump, De Santis and Taylor Greene mustn't decide 'fate of the American experiment' Matt Stroller: Amazon's Bezos likely lied under oath before Congress Photos of the Week: Manchin protestor, Paris Hilton and a mirror room 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.