Rep. Maloney Floor Speech: Resolution Censuring Rep. Paul Gosar

Nov 17, 2021
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC — Today, Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY) spoke on the House floor during the debate on H.Res. 789, a resolution censuring Congressman Paul Gosar (R-AZ).


You can watch video of the Congresswoman’s floor speech here and access the audio here. A transcript is below.


“Madam Speaker, I rise in support of the rule and in support of the underlying bill, [H.Res.] 789.


“This is an extraordinary measure, and I do not support it lightly.


“As Chair of the Oversight Committee, I support and defend the rights of all Committee Members to express their views—even if I disagree with them.


“But the honest exchange of ideas cannot happen when one Member promotes violence against another.


“No other workplace in America would tolerate such dangerous conduct, and neither should the House of Representatives.


“What Representative Gosar did is both despicable and beneath the office he holds. But make no mistake about it, promoting political violence has real consequences.


“Many of our colleagues, including myself and the Capitol Police, have received credible death threats.


“Rejecting violence should not be a partisan issue. I call on my Republican colleagues to join us today in demanding accountability for those who promote it.”