Spanberger Statement on Vote to Table Motion to Vacate, Stop Marjorie Taylor Greene’s Chaos

Congresswoman: “We Have Too Much Work to Do to Waste Time on Petty Political Games”

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Representative Abigail Spanberger today released the following statement after voting against U.S. Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene’s (R-GA-14) effort to throw the U.S. House of Representatives into chaos.

“Since January 2023, this dysfunctional House Republican majority has depended on responsible Democrats to pass bipartisan legislation on the floor of the U.S. House, keep our government functioning, and get things done. Since Speaker Johnson took the gavel — and throughout the entire tenure of former Speaker McCarthy, the extreme voices of their conference have attempted to paralyze Congress by threatening the Speaker with their demands.

“Amid this circus, House Democrats have been the adults in the room. We have worked across the aisle to deliver on our most pressing priorities — providing the votes necessary to deliver long overdue aid to our allies in Ukraine, pass defensive support to Israel, send vital humanitarian aid to civilians in Gaza and the West Bank, prevent a catastrophic default on America’s debt, and repeatedly avoid government shutdowns that would devastate Virginia’s families, businesses, and economy. Serious legislators know that we still have a long to-do list that includes fixing our broken immigration system, reauthorizing the FAA, combatting the flow of fentanyl into our communities, and passing a bipartisan Farm Bill. We have too much work to do to waste time on petty political games.

“Today, I voted against Representative Greene’s attempt to incapacitate Congress. Last month, I made clear that I would take this action in the event of Representative Greene attempting to penalize the Speaker for doing the right thing — passing urgent aid to Ukraine, Israel, and Taiwan. Speaker Johnson must meet this moment with a renewed resolve to maintain a functioning Congress capable of delivering bipartisan results for the American people.”

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