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Republicans Oust Rep. Ilhan Omar from Foreign Affairs Committee


By Stacy M. Brown
NNPA Newswire Senior National Correspondent

In what many political watchers called hypocritical, vengeful, and a show of strength by the new Republican majority, the House voted to remove Rep. Ilhan Omar from the House Foreign Affairs committee, citing her past comments about Israel.

The resolution to remove the Minnesota Democrat from the panel was approved 218-211 along party lines with one Republican member voting “present.”

The GOP cited Omar’s tweets and comments from 2019 and 2021 in which she criticized pro-Israel politicians as being “all about the Benjamins” and her comparison of the U.S. and Israel to Hamas and the Taliban. Both Democrats and Republicans, expressed outrage over the remarks. The resolution stated that Omar’s remarks had brought dishonor to the House of Representatives and that she had “disqualified herself” from serving on the Committee on Foreign Affairs, which is seen by nations around the world as speaking for Congress on matters of international importance and national security.

Since 2021, when Democrats controlled the House and voted to remove far-right GOP Reps. Marjorie Taylor Greene and Paul Gosar from committee assignments over their own controversial comments, Republicans have promised to take action against Omar and other Democrats.

After McCarthy became speaker last month, he reinstated both members to their previous committee assignments. Omar admitted this week that she “may have used words” that she later learned were “trafficking in antisemitism.”

She said when others brought the transgression to her attention, she apologized. “I owned up to it,” Omar, 40, asserted. House Democratic Leader Hakeem Jeffries of New York pledged to appoint Omar to the House Budget Committee.