Some sources noted that the House Democratic leadership would have to make this call because the strategy could seriously affect bipartisan work just as Biden takes office to unite a nation more divided than ever. And many Democrats privately noted that it could be a complicated or even impossible endeavor, for more than 130 years The Republicans of the House – a majority of the caucus – joined in the appeal.
This type of blanket boycott would be a huge and practically unprecedented step and has sparked tense discussions throughout the democratic caucus.
However, the idea was circulated on a Monday afternoon caucus appeal by Rep. Mark Takano, D-Calif., Chair of the House Committee on Veterans Affairs, and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y. Some Democrats are already publicly calling this group of Republicans the “Sedition Caucus”.
“I think we are all struggling with the same thing – figuring out the answer,” said a senior Democratic official. “Where is the line in the sand?”
Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) And Steve Scalise (R-La.), The top house of the GOP, took part in the vote to reject Biden’s vote as well as several committee chairs. The dissidents also included 10 members of the House’s powerful Energy and Trade Committee, which works on a myriad of laws that move through the Chamber. The senior Republican on the Health Subcommittee, Rep. Michael Burgess of Texas, was among them.
Democratic Committee advisers were divided on Monday on the matter, with some suggesting that their panel chairs were unlikely to go that far. After last week’s election campaigns and deadly civil unrest, many lawmakers are already rethinking agreements to support certain laws across the gang, according to several Democratic sources. Questions were also raised about how future cooperation, if at all, should continue.
“Democrats who decide who to vote for Republican leaders should select members who voted for the election results,” warned another Democratic Committee adviser. “Committees will not reward members who have voted against the election results – obviously these members are not interested in governing.”
Republicans are well aware of the considerations, two House GOP sources told POLITICO.
The debate within the Democratic Party captures mounting bitterness in Congress following Wednesday’s Capitol mob violence, which threatened the lives of lawmakers and staff on both sides, killing five people.
Republicans were quick to point out that more than 30 Democrats voted against certification of the results in the states that Trump won in 2017. They also note that lawmakers have raised these procedural disputes over presidential elections since the Nixon era without the majority party calling for the punishment of opposition lawmakers who participated.
However, the Democrats countered that these objections did not ultimately result in a violent attack on Congress.
Even a group of lawmakers that puts bipartisan over almost all other values - the Solvers Caucus problem – had a strained reputation in the days following the attack, with Republicans largely defying Democratic requests to impose penalties on Trump, including impeachment, to support.
The potential boycott of the legislation is just the starting point for Democrats seeking to punish Republicans “stop the steal” as anger over Trump’s role in inciting a mob that attacked the Capitol on Wednesday continues to grow.
Ocasio-Cortez had put forward several ideas and even signaled support for highlighting the 14th Amendment to exclude her GOP colleagues in a Sunday interview with ABC News. She argued that this constitutional process is not mutually exclusive to the 25th Amendment, which provides a procedure for removing a seated president from office.
“The eviction should be on the table,” said Ocasio-Cortez on Monday at the caucus appeal. The sources reported – a sentiment confirmed by Rep. Bill Pascrell (D-N.J.).
Moderate Democrats, however, have fiercely opposed any efforts to evict Republicans from the house, arguing that doing so would only destroy unity attempts at the start of the 117th Congress.
Democrats are also discussing various other ways to blame Republicans for backing Trump’s failed offer to scrap the election results, though it remains unclear whether it will resonate in the early days of Biden’s presidency.
Perhaps the most direct effort to pursue the Republicans of the House is the House Democrats urge to reprimand Rep. Mo Brooks (R-Ala.), The first Republican in both houses to announce his plans to object to the election’s confirmation who also helped stir up the mob last week.
MPs Tom Malinowski (DN.J.) and Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.) Unveiled a resolution on Monday in which Brooks “encouraged and incited violence against his congressional colleagues,” citing a speech alongside Trump last Wednesday Rioters stormed the Capitol hours earlier.
Brooks said in his address, “Today is the day American patriots start jotting down names and kicking their asses.” The Brooks office did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the censorship solution.
For now, however, her focus is on Trump himself as the House attempts to indict the President for the second time on Wednesday.
Rep. Jim McGovern (D-Mass.), Chairman of the House Rules Committee, told reporters Monday that the caucus would need to discuss possible next steps for Republican members who protested the results or those who were also instrumental in inciting the Contributed to violence.
“Some of these people should have the common sense to step back and they should take it upon themselves to do the right thing,” said McGovern, specifically mentioning Brooks. He did not rule out the possibility of reprimanding some of the GOP members: “This is something we should discuss and think about. … Of course we have to have these discussions.”
Heather Caygle and Melanie Zanona contributed to this report.