By Bill Hendrickson
Rep. Jimmy Gomez, the U.S. Congressmember for Northeast Los Angeles, has drawn national attention for his plan to introduce a resolution to expel Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) from the U.S. House of Representatives. In calling for expulsion, Gomez has cited Greene’s public endorsements of bigotry, disinformation, white supremacy and violence.
At the same time, Gomez is focusing on local issues through a series of virtual community meetings where constituents can speak to him directly about their concerns. Virtual meetings focused on Highland Park will take place on Thursday, Feb. 4 at 7 p.m. and on Wednesday, Feb. 10 at 5 p.m. Meetings focused on Cypress Park will take place on Tuesday, Feb. 16 at 7 p.m. and Wednesday, Feb. 24 at 5 p.m. Click here to see the full list of meetings and to register to attend.
The national scene
Gomez’s proposed resolution to expel Greene, which had 63 co-signers as of Feb. 1, is his third action so far aimed at seeking accountability for the attack on the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6. He has also voted with a bipartisan House majority to impeach former President Donald Trump for inciting the mob and co-sponsored a resolution by Rep. Cori Bush (D-Mo) calling on the Ethics committee to investigate whether House members who tried to overturn the election should be expelled for their role in fomenting the attack.
The local scene
The virtual community meetings are a way to meet local needs during this time of pandemic and political upheaval. In a press release announcing the meetings, Gomez said that he wants to ensure that constituents get help in “securing the state and federal benefits they need to make it through this national public health emergency.”