NASHVILLE -- U.S. Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, the Rome, Georgia, Republican firebrand who was stripped of her House committee assignments two years ago by Democrats, was assigned to the House Oversight and Accountability Committee as well as Homeland Security committee on Tuesday and immediately put Democratic President Joe Biden on notice.
"Joe Biden, be prepared," Greene said in a statement after the House Republican steering committee recommended to the full Republican Conference that she be placed on the Oversight Committee. "We are going to uncover every corrupt business dealing, every foreign entanglement, every abuse of power and every check cut for the Big Guy."
Greene also said, "It's not just the Biden Crime Family, the GOP will investigate every bit of government being used to abuse the American people. Every three- and four-letter agency will now have to answer to Republican oversight, not the rubber-stamp of Democrat rule. I can't wait to get started."
The steering committee is comprised of members of House leadership and elected regional congressmen and congresswomen.
Regarding her appointment to the Homeland Security committee, Greene said, "Our southern border is being invaded by millions of illegal aliens, criminals and potential terrorists. Our people are being murdered by Chinese fentanyl flooding in from cartels."
She added that "our Border Patrol and ICE agents have their hands tied and have been turned into a welcoming committee by the Biden administration. Cyber attacks continue on our nation's people and businesses along with many more threats to our homeland."
The panel has jurisdiction over U.S. borders, and Republicans are eyeing impeaching Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas for the continuing arrival of migrants crossing the U.S. southern border from Mexico. Greene has previously called on Mayorkas (and Biden) to be impeached.
A Tennessee Republican, U.S. Rep. Mark Green, is expected to become chairman of the Homeland Security committee, and the Portland congressman has been preparing for an investigation.
The then-Democratic-run House in early 2021 voted to remove Greene from her committee assignments weeks after the freshman lawmaker was sworn in for her past promotion of conspiracy theories and social media that Democrats charged promoted violence.
Before being elected in 2020, she said in a 2019 video then-House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-California, was a "traitor to our country. She's guilty of treason."
The video at one point was posted on Facebook before it was later removed, CNN has previously reported. The news channel also reported Greene had said Pelosi "took an oath to protect American citizens and uphold our laws. And she gives aid and comfort to our enemies who illegally invade our land. That's what treason is. And by our law, representatives and senators can be kicked out and no longer serve in our government. And it's, uh, it's a crime punishable by death is what treason is. Nancy Pelosi is guilty of treason."
Over the past year, the congresswoman engaged with then-Republican leader Kevin McCarthy, who was seeking to topple Democrats' slim House majority. After Republicans won a narrow victory and McCarthy was set to become speaker, Greene argued with some of her hard-right colleagues who said McCarthy wasn't conservative enough and blocked his ultimately successful bid for two days before he eked out a victory.
Regarding the GOP steering panel's actions, Greene said, "I can't wait to get started and look forward to my assignment being ratified next week by the entire GOP conference."
Green said in a statement earlier this month after steering committee members recommended him for the Homeland Security committee chair that "for the sake of our national security and homeland security, ending the border crisis Biden created is our top priority.
"At a time when illegal immigrants are flooding our border by the millions, no community in the U.S. will be unaffected. We must stop the flow of fentanyl that is killing hundreds of thousands of Americans. We will empower our brave CBP personnel with the necessary tools to accomplish the mission. And make no mistake, we will hold President Joe Biden and Secretary Mayorkas accountable for their complete dereliction of duty in failing to respond to this crisis."
The steering committee has not yet acted on committee assignments for U.S. Rep. Scott DesJarlais, a Sherwood, Tennessee, Republican. He currently serves on the House Armed Services and Agriculture committees. He is one of the longest-serving Republicans on the Agriculture committee.
Steering committee members also recommended U.S. Sen. John Rose, a Cookeville, Tennessee, Republican, to serve on the House Agriculture Committee.
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