Democrats are not backing down on efforts to punish Republican Rep. Lauren Boebert for calling Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar a "Jihad Squad member."
Rep. Ayanna Pressley, a Massachusetts Democrat and a member of the so-called Squad of far-left lawmakers, introduced a resolution that would both condemn Boebert for the comments and strip her of committee assignments.
Democratic leadership has not publicly endorsed the resolution.
The measure declares that Boebert “should be removed from her committee assignments in light of conduct she has exhibited.”
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi told Democrats in a closed-door meeting Wednesday that the latest name-calling by Boebert is “indecent” and “dangerous.”
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Pelosi, a California Democrat, stopped short of proposing a House vote to punish Boebert but suggested the party won’t ignore her comments against Omar, a Minnesota Democrat.
Pressley's resolution has the backing of fellow Squad members, including Reps. Cori Bush of Missouri and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York.
House Democrats this year voted to strip committee assignments of two members, Reps. Paul Gosar of Arizona and Marjorie Taylor Greene of Georgia, for violent rhetoric aimed at Democrats.
In a press conference Wednesday, House Minority Whip Steve Scalise said Boebert apologized for her comments about Omar, suggesting Republicans did not plan to punish her for the comments.
“They don't even ask their own members to apologize for things that were said, let alone go after their members,” the Louisiana Republican said. “They want it to be a one-sided thing, and I think that hypocrisy is showing.”
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Rep. Hakeem Jeffries, a New York Democrat and chairman of the House Democratic Caucus, declined to say whether the House will vote on the Pressley measure, but he accused Republicans of failing to hold their own members accountable for their actions.
"At some point, the House as a whole is going to have to act," Jeffries said. "There are active discussions about the appropriate way to proceed."