Did a congressman "just" introduce a bill to remove Nancy Pelosi from her seat as speaker of the House of Representatives? No, that's not true: Rep. Ralph Abraham, R-La., introduced what's called a resolution in October 2019. Ever since, the website america.awm.com has been repeatedly reposting an article that misleads readers into thinking that the resolution is far more recent than October 2019. The most recent iteration of the article is dated October 3, 2020, with the headline: "A Congressman Just Introduced A Bill To Remove Nancy Pelosi From The House." Nowhere in the body of the article does the author explicitly clarify that the resolution was introduced a year before that article appeared.
A Congressman Just Introduced A Bill To Remove Nancy Pelosi From The House. https://buff.ly/34pbcNQ
This is what the post looked like on Facebook at the time of writing:
(Source: Facebook screenshot taken on Tue Oct 6 14:01:19 2020 UTC)
The resolution is what's called a "simple resolution," meaning it has no legal bearing, so to refer to it as a "bill" like this article does is inaccurate. This simple resolution, H. Res. 620, is a one-page document titled "In the Matter of Nancy Pelosi." It states:
Resolved, That pursuant to Article I, Section 5, Clause 2 of the United States Constitution, Representative Nancy Pelosi, be, and she hereby is, expelled from the House of Representatives and the Office of the Speaker is declared to be vacant.
The resolution never made it any further than being introduced. To be passed, it would need to obtain a two-thirds vote by the House, which had a Democratic majority at the time of the resolution's introduction. Because it is an internal House matter, it would not be voted on by the Senate or signed by the President.
Simple resolutions can be introduced to solely express the sentiments of one or more House members or the entire House, and may not carry with them the expectation of being voted on or passed. In the case of Abraham's resolution, it was introduced in protest of how Pelosi, the first female speaker of the House, was carrying out the Trump impeachment hearings at the time.
"Nancy Pelosi's vicious crusade against our lawfully-elected President is nothing more than a politically-motivated witch hunt and it must be stopped. She has disgraced the people's House and weaponized the Speaker's gavel for her party's political gain," Abraham said in a press release the day the resolution was introduced in 2019. "I have introduced a resolution calling for her to be expelled from the House and for the Speaker's Office to be vacated," the statement continued.
Abraham also tweeted the following:
Great piece by @FoxNews on my resolution to expel Nancy Pelosi from the House of Representatives. She has abused the Office of the Speaker to pursue a witch hunt against @realDonaldTrump. Time to go! @gregg_re @AdamShawNY https://t.co/T8aUwDBlO1-- Rep. Ralph Abraham (@RepAbraham) October 8, 2019
Though the resolution has never moved past introduction in October 2019, the article about it has garnered a total of 1.1 million interactions on Facebook, according to CrowdTangle. CrowdTangle is a Facebook-owned insights tool that tracks how public content spreads on social media. The following GIF is a recording of the CrowdTangle dashboard displaying the staggering number of times it has been shared since October 2019: