Marjorie Taylor Greene Hails the Passing of Her Amendment to Fire Pentagon Chief "A Huge Victory"
Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) called the passing of her amendment to fire Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin a "huge victory" in an exclusive interview with Breitbart News on Wednesday.
"This is the first time that the Holman rule has been used in the 118th Congress, and it's the first time the Holman rule has been used in years. So it was a huge victory," Greene said.
Greene's amendment called for the defense secretary's salary to be reduced to $1 via the Holman rule, which allows members of Congress to reduce the salary of or fire specific federal employees, or cut specific programs via amendments to appropriations bills.
Greene said it is "essentially firing someone. They can't get paid. They may still have their title, but they can't receive a salary, which is, you know, essentially firing them."
It was the first time in decades that any member of Congress has passed an amendment implementing the Holman Rule to hold executive branch officials accountable.
Greene said this was the first step of accountability for Austin's "failure" as defense secretary.
First, she said he is responsible for the failed withdrawal from Afghanistan.
Second, she noted abysmal recruitment numbers.
"The recruitment numbers have reached a crisis level of low recruitment. The Army expects to fall 15,000 recruits short of its annual recruiting goal this year. The Navy is expecting to be short 10,000, and the Air Force is down another 3000. So that's a devastating. Under his leadership, no one wants to join the military," she said.
I'm proud to let you know my amendment to FIRE Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin just passed on the House floor. Under his failed leadership, our military is being destroyed and he doesn't deserve to serve any longer. This is the first time in the 118th Congress the Holman rule has been used to hold a Biden official accountable.