House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, the No. 2 House Democrat, is planning to deliver an ultimatum to House GOP leader Kevin McCarthy on Greene this week, a source familiar tells CNN. Hoyer is expected to tell McCarthy that Republicans have 72 hours to strip Greene of her committee assignments, or Democrats will bring the issue to the House floor.
The move by Democrats could set a risky precedent as they go after a sitting member of Congress over views expressed before serving as an elected official — and one that has the potential to someday be used against the party by Republicans.
The House Rules Committee is slated to meet Wednesday to approve a rule for a resolution to kick Greene off the House Education and Labor Committee and the Budget Committee.
The rule would govern the procedures for floor debate ahead of the full House’s consideration of the resolution to strip Greene of her committee assignments. It marks the first official step by House Democrats to oust Greene from her assignments.
Despite the ultimatum, McCarthy is not yet tipping his hand on how he will handle Greene. An aide told CNN that McCarthy needs to speak with the congresswoman first.
The move from Hoyer to deliver an ultimatum suggests that Democratic leadership wants to give McCarthy time to act on Greene independently before pursuing a resolution on the House floor.
Greene appears to now be attempting to walk back some of those views.
During an interview with One America News on Monday, Greene said that she does not think such shootings are fake.
“These are not red flag incidents; they are not fake. And it’s terrible the loss that these families go through and their friends as well. And it should never happen. And it doesn’t have to happen if we would protect our children properly,” she said.
This story has been updated with additional developments Monday.