) CNN ) Wednesday’s House vote will be a which both censures Republican Rep. Paul Gosar in Arizona and removes him from his two committee assignments.
A revised proposal released by the House Rules Committee on Tuesday night outlined that Democrats will seek to remove him from the Committee on Oversight and Reform, as well as the House Committee on Natural Resources.
Gosar is facing censure for his posting of a photoshopped anime video to his Twitter and Instagram accounts showing him appearing to kill Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York and attacking President Joe Biden.
Gosar, who later took down the video after facing criticism but did not apologize, sits on the Oversight Committee alongside Ocasio-Cortez.
A censure resolution is the most severe form of punishment in the House, and requires the censured member to stand in the well of the House while the resolution is read out loud. The last lawmaker to be censured was then-Rep. Charlie Rangel, a New York Democrat, for multiple ethics violations back in 2010.
Ahead of the vote on Wednesday being announced, Gosar refused to answer any questions about his tweet of the violent video, walking in silence. He refused to say whether he regretted the tweet or explain why he claimed that he hadn’t seen the violent episode before he posted it.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said she was moving forward with the vote because Gosar “made threats, suggestions about harming a member of Congress. “
“That is an insult — not only endangerment of that member of Congress, but an insult to the institution of the House of Representatives,” Pelosi, a Democrat from California, said Tuesday on Capitol Hill. “We can’t have members laughing about killing each other and threatening the president of the United States. “
The move to censure Gosar follows a lack of action from Republican leadership in the House. House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, who did not comment publicly on the Gosar episode until this week, noted that he had called the Arizona Republican after the tweet, who then deleted it, but he did not explicitly condemn Gosar’s behavior. McCarthy said that Gosar explained his actions in a conference on Tuesday morning. This explanation was received well by attendees.
“He didn’t see it before it posted. McCarthy stated that it was not his intention to cause any harm. “What I said was that (we) can’t accept any action or showing violence to another member. “
Some Republicans have called out GOP leadership for not taking action, including Rep. Liz Cheney of Wyoming, who said McCarthy’s inaction is “indefensible” — especially as Republicans call to punish the 13 GOP lawmakers who voted for a bipartisan infrastructure bill.
“Our party needs a leader who is going to stand up for what’s right and stand up for the truth, and stop trying to play these games,” Cheney told CNN. “The notion that Leader McCarthy won’t full-on condemn what Paul Gosar did on multiple occasions but that he seems to be entertaining this move to push the 13 off of their committees, I mean, it’s indefensible, morally and ethically, and it’s crazy politically. “
This story has been updated with additional developments Tuesday.
CNN’s Melanie Zanona, Manu Raju and Paul LeBlanc contributed to this report.
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