Eleven House Republicans joined all Democrats on Thursday to strip Rep. Marjorie Taylor GreeneMarjorie Taylor GreeneGOP efforts to downplay danger of Capitol riot increase The Memo: What now for anti-Trump Republicans? Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene says she's meeting with Trump 'soon' in Florida MORE (R-Ga.) of her committee assignments for embracing conspiracy theories and political violence — a figure much higher than expected heading into the unusual vote.
While the vast majority of House Republicans rallied behind Greene in the day’s extraordinary debate, the 11 defectors represent a figure similar to that of last month’s vote to impeach former President TrumpDonald TrumpOhio Republican who voted to impeach Trump says he won't seek reelection Youngkin breaks with Trump on whether Democrats will cheat in the Virginia governor's race Trump endorses challenger in Michigan AG race MORE for inciting the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol.
There was little overlap between the two groups, however, as only three Republicans supported both Trump’s impeachment and the effort to knock Greene from the two committees — Budget, and Education and Labor — where GOP leaders had placed her just days before.
That short list included Reps. Adam KinzingerAdam Daniel KinzingerBlinken grilled in first hearing since Afghanistan withdrawal Sunday shows - Manchin says he won't vote for .5 trillion bill Kinzinger says GOP fundraising on vaccine mandates are 'playing on people's fear' MORE (Ill.), Fred UptonFrederick (Fred) Stephen UptonMcCarthy-allied fundraising group helps Republicans who voted to impeach Trump Cheney on challenger's Trump endorsement: 'Bring it' Trump endorses Cheney challenger MORE (Mich.) and John KatkoJohn Michael KatkoMcCarthy-allied fundraising group helps Republicans who voted to impeach Trump Bipartisan House group introduces legislation to set term limit for key cyber leader Hillicon Valley — Industry groups want more time to report cybersecurity incidents MORE (N.Y.).
A total of 199 Republicans — including the party’s leadership — stood by Greene, compared to the 11 who joined with Democrats.
The list of defectors featured three Republicans from Florida, the home of a 2018 high school shooting massacre that Greene has suggested was a hoax. Those Florida lawmakers were Reps. Mario Diaz-BalartMario Rafael Diaz-BalartDefense contractors ramp up donations to GOP election objectors Bottom line GOP lawmakers ask Biden administration for guidance on reopening cruise industry MORE, Carlos Gimenez and Maria Elvira Salazar.
"When she goes after students, victimsf, and survivors of senseless gun violence as in the case of the Parkland High School shooting, she loses all credibility as someone assigned to crafting policies in protection of our children from violence," Gimenez said in a statement.
In another regional trend, a number of Republicans from New York and its surrounding areas also voted to punish Greene, including Katko, Chris Jacobs (N.Y.), Nicole Malliotakis (N.Y.) and Chris SmithChristopher (Chris) Henry SmithOvernight Defense & National Security — Breakneck evacuations continue as Biden mulls deadline Overnight Defense & National Security: Outcry over Biden's Afghanistan deadline Lawmakers from both parties push back at Biden's Aug. 31 deadline MORE (N.J.).
Greene has suggested that the 9/11 terrorist attacks, which partially occurred in New York and effected the tri-state area, were also a hoax.
First-term Rep. Young Kim (Calif.), who represents a competitive swing district, also voted to remove Greene from committees, as did Rep. Brian FitzpatrickBrian K. FitzpatrickAngelina Jolie spotted in Capitol meeting with senators US Chamber of Commerce backs Democrats threatening to derail budget resolution Democrats play game of chicken over Biden agenda MORE, a centrist Pennsylvanian who has criticized Trump vocally in the past.
The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee began running ads this week against some of the 11 Republicans, accusing them of having "stood with Q, not you." Fitzpatrick, Kim and Salazar were among the committee's targets.
Katko said after the vote that he looked at Greene's history and was left with no choice.
"I looked at the facts and circumstances, like I did as a prosecutor, and I made a decision accordingly," he said, adding that he's not concerned about the political fallout that might follow.
"I don't worry about political ramifications of my votes," he said.
Yet Katko also had a warning for his colleagues across the aisle, saying Democrats should expect Republicans to use the same gambit to punish wayward lawmakers whenever the GOP is back in the House majority.
"They've opened a can of worms, and they're going to live with it now going forward," he said.
Diaz-Balart said that he thinks Greene's comments were "unacceptable," while calling for some Democrats, including Reps. Ilhan OmarIlhan OmarEnough with the GDP — it's time to measure genuine progress Overnight Energy & Environment — Presented by the American Petroleum Institute — Democrats eye potential carbon price in reconciliation bill 'Squad' members call on Biden to shut down Line 3 pipeline in Minnesota MORE (Minn.) and Maxine WatersMaxine Moore WatersAdvocates call on top Democrats for 0B in housing investments Cori Bush hits her stride by drawing on activist past Cawthorn to introduce resolution condemning political violence after warning of 'bloodshed' if elections are 'rigged' MORE (Calif.), to be removed from committees as well for making controversial remarks.
Salazar cited Greene's suggestions that the 2018 school shooting in her state was staged, that a plane didn't crash into the Pentagon on 9/11 and that California wildfires were caused by a space laser to pave the way for a high-speed rail project tied to PG&E and the Rothschilds, a Jewish banking family.
"Voting against a member of your own party is never easy, but everyone in Congress must be held to the same high standard," Salazar said in a statement.
Kinzinger, a vocal Trump critic who also backed impeachment last month, had telegraphed for days that he'd support removing Greene from committees.
"I think a district has every right to put who they want there. But we have every right to take a stand and say, ‘You don't get a committee.’ And we definitely need to do that," Kinzinger said Sunday on NBC's "Meet the Press."
But some of the Republicans who backed impeachment last month opted to side with Greene on Thursday.
Rep. Liz CheneyElizabeth (Liz) Lynn CheneyOvernight Defense & National Security: US-Australian sub deal causes rift with France Jan. 6 panel says it is reviewing Milley actions The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by National Industries for the Blind - What do Manchin and Sinema want? MORE (Wyo.), the third-ranking House Republican, voted "no." House GOP lawmakers allied with Trump demanded a vote on Wednesday to try to oust her from her leadership position for supporting impeachment, but she ultimately fended off the challenge.
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthyKevin McCarthyOvernight Hillicon Valley — Scrutiny over Instagram's impact on teens Top Democrats tout California recall with an eye toward 2022 Former national security officials warn antitrust bills could help China in tech race MORE (R-Calif.), who spoke in support of Cheney during Wednesday’s GOP conference meeting, blasted Democrats for establishing what he described as a “dangerous new standard that will only deepen divisions.”
McCarthy had offered to remove Greene from the Education and Labor Committee and place her on the Small Business Committee instead, given the outrage over her past remarks questioning the veracity of school shootings.
But House Majority Leader Steny HoyerSteny Hamilton HoyerGOP leader taking proxy voting fight to Supreme Court Lobbying world Overnight Energy & Environment — Presented by the American Petroleum Institute — Feds target illegal gas practices MORE (D-Md.) rejected the idea on the grounds that Democrats believed Greene had forfeited the privilege to serve on any committees at all.
Updated at 8:27 p.m.