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© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: Marjorie Taylor Greene is seen at a press conference in Dallas

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Amid recent signs of mounting tension within the US Congress, a Democratic congresswoman said Friday she was planning to relocate her Capitol Hill office for security reasons after being “cursed” by a downright conservative Republican congresswoman.

Democrat Cori Bush, an ordained pastor from Missouri, described confrontations with Republican Marjorie Taylor Greene of Georgia, whose office is near Bush’s in one of the three large office buildings of the House of Representatives. Both are first-time members of the House of Representatives to take office this month.

The incidents are further evidence of legislative discord following a January 6 riot in which supporters of former Republican President Donald Trump stormed the Capitol, interrupted formal confirmation of President Joe Biden’s election victory, and resulted in the deaths of five.

Bush wrote on Twitter that she moved her office after Greene “cursed me in a hallway” and “came after me loudly and exposed.” Public health experts have recommended masks to help curb the spread of COVID-19.

Greene accused Bush of “lying” about the matter and on Twitter named Bush, who is black, “the leader of the St. Louis Black Lives Matter terrorist mob.” Greene is white.

The non-state Republican Jewish coalition said it was working with the Republican leadership of the House “on the next steps on this matter,” but did not elaborate.

In a statement, the organization said it worked against Greene’s 2020 election because it “promoted bizarre political conspiracy theories” and posed for photos with a white supremacist leader and “refused to admit a mistake”.

Greene first gained national attention for her interest in the QAnon conspiracy theory, which falsely claims that high profile Democrats are part of a children’s pedophile ring. CNN reported that before arriving for Congress, Greene expressed support for the execution of Democrats, including Democratic House spokeswoman Nancy Pelosi.

Greene also promoted Trump’s false claims that he won the November election.

Pelosi said Thursday that new security measures may be needed “when the enemy is in the House of Representatives”.

House Republican leader Kevin McCarthy was under pressure to crack down on Greene and said he would have a “talk” with her. A McCarthy aide described Greene’s comments about the killing of Democrats as “deeply worrying”.

House No. 2 Republican Steve Scalise, who was badly wounded in 2017 when a gunman opened fire on Republican lawmakers in Virginia, added that “there’s no room for comment” like Greene’s.

Separately, first-time Republican Congressman Lauren Boebert was warned by law enforcement this month that she would be prosecuted for illegally carrying a gun. Boebert has sworn to carry her Glock pistol in the Capitol.

Boebert also mocked a gun control activist who survived a fatal school shootout in Parkland, Florida in 2018.

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