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Mia Jacobs, 201-919-0333, mia.jacobs@mail.house.gov

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Congressional Progressive Caucus Statement on Censure of Rep. Paul Gosar

WASHINGTON -

Representative Pramila Jayapal (WA-07), chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, issued the following statement on the House of Representatives’ vote to censure Rep. Paul Gosar (AZ-04) and remove him from committees:

“Today’s vote to censure Congressman Gosar and remove him from serving on committees is an essential first step towards accountability. Rep. Gosar’s unacceptable behavior cannot be met with silence as he explicitly invokes and threatens violence against a fellow Member of Congress and the President of the United States.

“Today’s resolution ensures this body will not allow its members to treat each other this way, just as any workplace in America would not tolerate it among their employees. We will not look away when this kind of violent rhetoric is contributing to a culture of violence — particularly against women — across the country. We will not fail to act when this dangerous behavior is once again directed at women of color, who are continually made to fight against abuse both within and outside of Congress. And we will not stand by as our Congressional Progressive Caucus colleague Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (NY-14), who has already been the recipient of far more vitriol and harassment than anyone should have to endure, is targeted once again.

“The GOP has been completely intransigent in its refusal to hold its own members accountable, with Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (CA-23) repeatedly refusing to take action against abhorrent behavior from members of his Republican Caucus. So today, it fell on the Majority to respond. We will continue to demand our colleagues treat each other with the dignity, humanity, and respect that is deserved, even if Republicans will not.”

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The Congressional Progressive Caucus (CPC) is made up of nearly 100 members standing up for progressive ideals in Washington and throughout the country. Since 1991, the CPC has advocated for progressive policies that prioritize working Americans over corporate interests, fight economic and social inequality, and advance civil liberties.

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