As the first anniversary of the Capitol insurrection on January 6, 2021 approaches, Rep. Cori Bush (D-Mo.) is repeating her call for Congress to expel complicit Republican lawmakers.

As we all know, several Republican lawmakers were deeply involved in the events of January 6th, including Reps. Mo Brooks (R-Ala.) Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) Lauren Boebert (R-Colo.), Jim Jordan (R-Ohio), and Madison Cawthorn (R-Ga.) just to name a few. Even Senators Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) and Ted Cruz (R-Texas) helped incite the Trump supporters to violently storm the building in a scheme to overthrow democracy.

The House January 6th Committee is closing in on these Republicans and Donald Trump. Some are even being called to testify and face being subpoenaed and charged with contempt if they refuse to comply.

But Bush wants more. She rightfully expects Trump’s Republican accomplices to be expelled from Congress, which Congress has a duty to do under the 14th Amendment, which bars lawmakers who participated in an insurrection or aided the participants from continuing to serve.

“I believe the Republican members of Congress who have incited this domestic terror attack through their attempts to overturn the election must face consequences,” Bush said earlier this year when she first introduced House Resolution 25. “They have broken their sacred oath of office.”

The resolution directs the House Ethics Committee “to investigate, and issue a report on, whether any and all actions taken by Members of the 117th Congress who sought to overturn the 2020 Presidential election violated their oath of office to uphold the Constitution or the Rules of the House of Representatives, and should face sanction, including removal from the House of Representatives.”

On Monday, Bush repeated her call ahead of the first anniversary of the attempted coup.

The House should pass Bush’s resolution. These Republicans sought to overthrow our democratic system in favor of authoritarianism. They need to be held accountable in every way possible. That includes expelling them from Congress and disqualifying them from ever holding a congressional office again. A message must be sent, and it should be sent on the day it will be the loudest.

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