Only two Republicans expected to back censuring Gosar

Only two Republicans, Reps. Liz CheneyElizabeth (Liz) Lynn CheneyThe Memo: 2024 chatter reveals Democratic nervousness GOP's McCarthy has little incentive to work with Jan. 6 panel The fates of the 10 House Republicans who voted to impeach Trump MORE (Wyo.) and Adam KinzingerAdam Daniel KinzingerClyburn says he's worried about losing House, 'losing this democracy' The fates of the 10 House Republicans who voted to impeach Trump Republican rep who voted to impeach Trump running for reelection MORE (Ill.), are expected to vote for a resolution on Wednesday to censure Rep. Paul GosarPaul Anthony GosarMcCarthy says he'll strip Dems of committee slots if GOP wins House Should we expand the House of Representatives? The Founders thought so Stopping the next insurrection MORE (R-Ariz.) and take away his committee seats for posting an anime video edited to depict him engaging in violence against top Democrats.

Censure is one of the harshest sanctions the House can take against one of its own members. Gosar will be forced to stand in the center of the House floor while the resolution is read aloud by the Speaker condemning him for the video, which showed him killing Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezSen. Brian Schatz tests positive for COVID-19 Democrats call on FDA to revisit ban on gay, bisexual men donating blood amid shortage Senate Democrats introduce bill to ban stock trades in Congress MORE (D-N.Y.) and swinging swords at President BidenJoe BidenCarville advises Democrats to 'quit being a whiny party' Wendy Sherman takes leading role as Biden's 'hard-nosed' Russia negotiator Sullivan: 'It's too soon to tell' if Texas synagogue hostage situation part of broader extremist threat MORE.

So far, only Cheney and Kinzinger — who've frequently criticized their party for its continued embrace of former President TrumpDonald TrumpWendy Sherman takes leading role as Biden's 'hard-nosed' Russia negotiator Senate needs to confirm Deborah Lipstadt as antisemitism envoy — Now Former acting Defense secretary under Trump met with Jan. 6 committee: report MORE and accepted an invitation from Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiGOP senator knocks Biden for 'spreading things that are untrue' in voting rights speech Sen. Ron Johnson: Straight from the horse's mouth Clyburn says he's worried about losing House, 'losing this democracy' MORE (D-Calif.) to serve on the panel investigating the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol — have signaled they'll join Democrats in rebuking Gosar.

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"We have to hold Members accountable who incite or glorify violence, who spread and perpetuate dangerous conspiracies. The failure to do so will take us one step closer to this fantasized violence becoming real," Kinzinger tweeted on Tuesday. "To be clear, I’ll be voting yes on the Gosar censure resolution."

Cheney also told The Associated Press last week that she supports censuring Gosar "for his continued indefensible activities."

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Gosar is the first House member to face censure since 2010, when former Rep. Charlie RangelCharles (Charlie) Bernard RangelHouse votes to censure Gosar and boot him from committees Pelosi on Gosar punishment: 'It's an emergency' Only two Republicans expected to back censuring Gosar MORE (D-N.Y.) was rebuked for a variety of ethics transgressions, including misusing congressional letterhead for fundraising and failing to pay taxes on a vacation home.

The resolution would further take away Gosar's seats on the House Oversight and Reform and Natural Resources committees.

It would mark the second time this year that a House Republican has been kicked off committees. Back in February, Democrats — as well as 11 Republicans — voted to take away 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's (R-Ga.) committee assignments for her past embrace of conspiracy theories and apparent endorsements of violence against Democrats.

Kinzinger voted to remove Greene from committees, while Cheney — who was still serving as House GOP conference chair at the time — did not.

Other Republicans who've previously broken with their party have indicated they won't vote to rebuke Gosar.

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Some of those Republicans are currently under fire from the far right for backing the bipartisan infrastructure bill earlier this month and are trying to avoid further alienating their colleagues. 

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthyKevin McCarthyFormer acting Defense secretary under Trump met with Jan. 6 committee: report GOP's McCarthy has little incentive to work with Jan. 6 panel The fates of the 10 House Republicans who voted to impeach Trump MORE (R-Calif.) has urged Republicans to stay united and refrain from taking punitive action against each other, whether for Gosar promoting a video depicting political violence or for helping deliver a legislative victory for Biden.

During a closed-door House GOP conference meeting on Tuesday, Gosar told his fellow Republicans that he didn't support political violence and claimed he hadn't seen the video before it was posted to his official Twitter account.

"He came in today and apologized," said Rep. Don Bacon (R-Neb.), one of the 13 Republicans who voted for the bipartisan infrastructure bill. "I'll give him credit for that."

Aides to Reps. John KatkoJohn Michael KatkoClyburn says he's worried about losing House, 'losing this democracy' The fates of the 10 House Republicans who voted to impeach Trump GOP Rep. Katko, who voted to impeach Trump, won't run for reelection MORE (R-N.Y.) and Fred UptonFrederick (Fred) Stephen UptonThe fates of the 10 House Republicans who voted to impeach Trump House Republican, Democrat say political environment on Capitol Hill is 'toxic' Sunday show preview: Omicron surges, and Harris sits for extensive interview MORE (R-Mich.) — who both voted to impeach Trump, remove Greene from committees and for the bipartisan infrastructure bill — didn't immediately respond when asked if they would vote to rebuke Gosar.

Rep. Dan Bishop (R-N.C.) filed a motion on Tuesday to oust Katko as the top Republican on the House Homeland Security Committee. McCarthy quickly referred the motion to the House GOP Steering Committee, which determines members' committee assignments and could either refer it to the full GOP conference or ignore it.

Scott Wong contributed.