Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) was caught on video laughing about how she has been abusing House rules to troll her colleagues and prevent Congress from getting work done, saying it’s “fun” to use a tactic she developed to slow down LGBTQ equality legislation on other bills.
Speaking at a Republican rally in Woodlands, Texas last week, Greene discussed her use of roll call votes to adjourn the House of Representatives in order to slow down work in the House. The move required all members of the House to come to the House floor and vote to keep on working for the rest of the day, a process that took over an hour each time she did it. Greene got support from her fellow Republicans who mostly voted in favor of going home early for the day.
It was the tactic she used to stop the Equality Act, a bill that would add gender identity and sexual orientation to existing federal civil rights legislation, banning anti-LGBTQ discrimination in employment, credit, housing, and other areas. But that’s not how she presented it at the rally.
“Because it was so much fun and I really want these people to exercise – exercise is healthy for them, you know, getting up and having to walk to the House floor – I did it again on the next bill!” she said smiling. “Then I did it again!”
“And then I thought, ‘Oh my goodness, this is great! This is my committee,'” she said, getting a standing ovation from the Republican voters. “I am the chairwoman of the Committee of the Hold!”
Greene claimed that Democratic leader Steny Hoyer (D-MD) “would be stomping over to” Republican leader Kevin McCarthy’s (R-CA) office and asking, “What are you going to do about her?”
“Well, let me tell you,” Greene said proudly, “Kevin can’t do anything about me!”
Greene brags about using recorded votes to slow down Congress. She says she is the Chairwoman of the committee of the hold: “Let me tell you, Kevin can’t do anything about me” pic.twitter.com/4ZBZmJOW4G
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Greene has defended her trolling of Congress in the past by saying, “As a business owner I believe in accountability and I believe members of Congress, including myself, should vote on every single bill.” This isn’t really a defense of her actions since she is forcing her colleagues to vote on whether they should work through the end of the day, not on the bills themselves.