Democratic caucus chairs call for Boebert committee assignment removal

A group of five Democratic Caucus chairs penned an official statement calling for the removal of Rep. Lauren BoebertLauren BoebertGOP Reps. Greene, Clyde accrue nearly 0K in combined mask fines Rand Paul cancels DirecTV subscription after it drops OAN Top House Democrat pushes for 'isolation boxes' for maskless lawmakers MORE (R-Colo.) from her committee assignments in the wake of her "repeated anti-Muslim attacks."

The letter comes as tension has increased surrounding Boebert and comments she has made about Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.), including that she sympathizes with terrorists and suggesting she may be a terrorist herself.

Congressional Progressive Caucus Chair Pramila JayapalPramila JayapalSanders, 50 Democrats unveil bill to send N95 masks to all Americans Centrist Democrats urge progressives to tamp down rhetoric Democrats eager to fill power vacuum after Pelosi exit MORE, Congressional Black Caucus Chair Joyce BeattyJoyce Birdson BeattyPelosi suggests filibuster supporters 'dishonor' MLK's legacy on voting rights Black Democrats hammer Manchin for backing filibuster on voting rights Harris aide to become Black Caucus executive director MORE, Congressional Asian Pacific American Chair Judy ChuJudy May ChuPressley offering measure condemning Boebert Democratic caucus chairs call for Boebert committee assignment removal White House to host lawmakers as negotiations over agenda hit critical stage MORE, Congressional Equality Caucus Chair David CicillineDavid CicillineDemocrats eager to fill power vacuum after Pelosi exit In their own words: Lawmakers, staffers remember Jan. 6 insurrection Lawmakers call for investigation into proposed AT&T WarnerMedia, Discovery merger MORE and Congressional Hispanic Caucus Chair Raul RuizRaul RuizSixteen Hispanic House Democrats ask EPA for tougher methane rule Physician-lawmakers team up to urge boosters Democratic caucus chairs call for Boebert committee assignment removal MORE joined forces in the Wednesday condemnation.


"Today, we are calling for Representative Boebert to be removed from her committee assignments," the group wrote. 

"There must be consequences for vicious workplace harassment and abuse that creates an environment so unsafe for colleagues and staff that it invites death threats against them. There must be consequences for elected representatives who traffic in anti-Muslim and racist tropes that make all Muslims across the country less safe. There must be consequences when Members of Congress demonize an entire religion and promote hate from their positions of public trust."

Condemning attacks on a colleague's religion shouldn't be a partisan issue, they argued.

"But this is the level to which the GOP leader and too many members of the Republican party have sunk," the chairs wrote, slamming House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthyKevin McCarthyOvernight Defense & National Security — Texas hostage situation rattles nation The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Democrats see victory in a voting rights defeat Former acting Defense secretary under Trump met with Jan. 6 committee: report MORE’s lack of action on Boebert's remarks.

They added, "In refusing to hold his membership accountable, Representative McCarthy condones this hatred and the danger it incites."


Others have criticized McCarthy for his silence, including Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), several Democrats, and notably, GOP Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson.

"I think whenever, even in our own caucus, our own members, if they go the wrong direction, I mean, it has to be called out. It has to be dealt with, particularly whenever it is breaching the civility, whenever it is crossing the line in terms of violence or increasing the divide in our country," Hutchinson told host Dana Bash on CNN's "State of the Union" on Sunday.

Boebert's remarks also set off a fight within the House between Rep. Nancy MaceNancy MaceHouse Democratic conference postponed due to COVID-19 The Hill's Morning Report - Biden to make voting rights play in Atlanta Mace tests positive for COVID-19 a second time MORE (R-S.C.), who criticized Boebert, and 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.), who called Mace "trash" for doing so. Mace responded by calling her fellow first-term Republican congresswoman "batshit crazy."

McCarthy on Wednesday pleaded with Republicans to stop attacking each other, admonishing them that “Congress is not junior high.”