House of Representatives Removes Omar from Foreign Affairs Committee

    House of Representatives Removes Omar from Foreign Affairs Committee
    Last updated Feb 02, 2023
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    • The GOP-majority House of Representatives voted Thursday to remove Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) from the Foreign Affairs Committee. The vote occurred along party lines, 218 to 211, with David Joyce (R-Ohio) voting “present.”[1]
    • The resolution cites comments Omar made in the past that some have claimed to be anti-Semitic and anti-Israeli, such as a tweet claiming that Israel's relationship with the US is "all about the Benjamins."[2]
    • Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) has already blocked Democrat Reps. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) and Eric Swalwell (D-Calif.) from rejoining the House Intelligence Committee after Republicans gained a House majority in the 2022 midterms.[3]
    • Omar responded to the move by stating, “My leadership and voice will not be diminished if I am not on this committee for one term. My voice will get louder and stronger.” House Democratic Leader Hakeem Jeffries vowed to seat Omar on the House Budget Committee.[1]
    • McCarthy had promised retribution against the Democrats if they became the minority in the House due to the prior removal of Rep. Majorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) from committees in 2021.[4]
    • Several Republicans have also called for a due process system to remove lawmakers from positions such as House Committees — a matter that McCarthy has stated he would work with Democrats on but remains a work in progress.[5]


    Republican narrative

    Omar's concerning comments downplaying 9/11 as well as comparing the US to terrorist organizations are solid justifications for her committee removal. Her comments about Israel — a trusted US ally — are also concerning. Former House Speaker Pelosi set the precedent of removing officials from such positions, so McCarthy is well within his rights to make this move.

    Democratic narrative

    After unfairly blocking Schiff and Swalwell, once again McCarthy is unfairly targeting Democratic representatives. McCarthy lacks the moral compass to make a decision on which Democrats should take part in important committees. This reeks of political revenge and bigotry.

    Political split



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