House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy announced today that he will move to censure Rep. Maxine Waters, and if the censure is approved could cost her chairmanship of the financial services committee.
“This weekend in Minnesota, Maxine Waters broke the law by violating curfew and then incited violence. Increased unrest has already led to violence against law enforcement and her comments intentionally poured fuel on the fire. We’ve heard this type of violent rhetoric from Waters before, and the United States Congress must clearly and without reservation reprimand this behavior before more people get hurt. But Speaker Pelosi is ignoring Waters’ behavior. That’s why I am introducing a resolution to censure Rep. Waters for these dangerous comments, and I hope that all my colleagues – both Republican and Democrat – will stand up for peace on America’s streets,” McCarthy said in a statement.
According to the rules of the House Democratic Caucus if a member is censured while the Democrats hold the majority they cannot continue serving as chairman of a standing committee or subcommittee:
“A Chair of a standing, select, special, or joint committee of the Congress, or subcommittee thereof, who is censured by a vote of the House when the Democratic Party is the majority party in the House of Representatives, or who is convicted of a felony for which a sentence of two or more years of imprisonment may be imposed, shall cease to exercise the powers of the Chair and shall not serve as Chair of any committee or subcommittee for the remainder of that Congress.”
Maxine Waters appears to be inciting violence by upping the tension at a time when our elected leaders should be calling for calm no matter what the verdict of the Chauvin trial is:
Stop the censors, sign up to get today’s top stories delivered right to your inbox
“Waters visited Brooklyn Center, Minnesota, on Saturday to whip up a crowd of protesters angry over the death of Daunte Wright, 20, a black man shot by a white police officer after a traffic stop. During her appearance, she was asked about the ongoing trial of former Minneapolis police Officer Derek Chauvin, who has been charged with murder and manslaughter in connection with last year’s death of George Floyd.
Waters said that if the trial does not go the way rioters want, they need to turn up the heat. “We’ve got to stay on the street and we’ve got to get more active, we’ve got to get more confrontational. We’ve got to make sure that they know that we mean business,” she said.”
My guess is if Congress actually had the guts to censure Maxine Waters for what she has done to inflame the situation in Minnesota the House Democratic Caucus would simply change their rules.
Or is that too cynical?
ARTICLE SOURCE: thefederalistpapers.org