House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) recently announced the formation of a new bipartisan select committee tasked with addressing “economic disparity and fairness in growth” — and one prospective member is likely to get her goat.
Months after U.S. Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) was stripped of her committee assignments in response to past controversial comments, she now asserts that she is well-suited to serve on the new panel.
“Truly represents America”
During an exclusive interview with the Washington Examiner, Greene explained: “As the only member of Congress not on a committee, and also a successful small business owner for over two decades, I feel I am a top Republican choice for this new committee.”
Furthermore, she pointed to her rural district in northwestern Georgia as one that “truly represents America” and is made up “many small businesses, farmers, and manufacturing of all kinds to all sizes” including “the top largest flooring companies in the world.”
Prior to joining Congress, the freshman lawmaker launched a number of fitness facilities and served as a top executive at a regional family-owned construction company.
Greene campaigned largely on issues related to the economy and jobs but has been effectively sidelined amid controversy surrounding divisive rhetoric primarily aimed at her political rivals.
For her part, Pelosi touted the new select committee during a press conference on Wednesday, revealing that it would be chaired by Rep. Jim Himes (D-CA), who currently heads the House Financial Services Committee. She also named the seven other Democrats who would fill out her party’s portion of the panel.
“A patriotic obligation”
In an op-ed published by the Washington Post earlier this week, David Ignatius promoted the committee and its intention “to create a forum that can bring together representatives from all sides” of the nation’s economic spectrum.
“The whole point is to make sure that people are listened to,” Pelosi said. “We have a patriotic obligation to find common ground.”
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) did not immediately reveal which GOP members he would assign, so it is unclear whether Greene stands a chance of reclaiming a committee position. In any case, she has not been shy in publicly touting her perceived qualifications.
“As one of the most conservative members of Congress, with a strong business background creating thousands of jobs in the private sector, I feel that Speaker Pelosi and Kevin McCarthy should allow me a seat on this new committee,” Greene told the Examiner.
If successful in her campaign to join the panel, Greene would have a new platform from which to advance conservative ideals while acting as a thorn in Pelosi’s side.