House Republicans vote Omar off Foreign Affairs Committee
House Republicans narrowly voted Thursday to oust Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar of Minnesota from the Foreign Affairs Committee, a transfer that follows Speaker Kevin McCarthy’s removing of Reps. Adam B. Schiff and Eric Swalwell from the Intelligence Committee final month.
McCarthy (R-Bakersfield) had the unilateral authority to maintain Schiff (D-Burbank) and Swalwell (D-Dublin) off the intelligence panel, which is a “select” committee. However a majority ground vote was required as well Omar from overseas affairs.
The decision handed Thursday afternoon in a 218-211 party-line vote, with one member, Republican Rep. David Joyce of Ohio, voting current.
Omar, a Black Muslim, stated she was focused due to her race and faith. She insisted she is not going to be silenced.
“I didn’t come to Congress to be silent,” she stated. “I came to be their voice, and my leadership and voice will not be diminished if I am not on this committee for one term.”
Fulfilling a pledge, Speaker Kevin McCarthy’s GOP-led House narrowly votes to oust Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar from the Foreign Affairs Committee.
McCarthy stated Omar was eliminated for antisemitic feedback she made in 2019 and different controversial overseas coverage statements she’s made as a member of Congress. Democratic leaders additionally condemned her remarks on the time, however took no motion in opposition to her after she apologized.
In a information convention after the vote, McCarthy famous that Omar, Schiff and Swalwell weren’t faraway from all of their committees like a few of his Republican colleagues have been within the final Congress, and he pushed again on the notion that Thursday’s decision was a “tit for tat” with House Democrats.
“We’re not removing her from other committees,” McCarthy stated. “We just do not believe when it comes to foreign affairs, especially the responsibility of that position around the world with the comments that you make — she shouldn’t serve there.”
Omar’s removing completes McCarthy’s pledge to kick all three Democrats off their high panels after the Democratic majority held bipartisan votes within the final Congress to take away Reps. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) and Paul Gosar (R-Ariz.) from their committees for showing to incite violence.
House Minority Chief Hakeem Jeffries (D-N.Y.) advised reporters Thursday that the vote was an act of political revenge.
“Ilhan Omar has apologized,” Jeffries stated. “She has indicated that she’ll learn from her mistakes [and] is working to build bridges … with the Jewish community, including leaders right here in the United States Congress.”
In an interview, Rep. Gregory Meeks (D-N.Y.), the highest Democrat on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, stated the panel will lose Omar’s invaluable perspective as a Muslim girl who was born in Somalia and spent a number of years of her childhood in a refugee camp.
Meeks lamented that McCarthy has on the similar time given far-right Republicans and a few election deniers committee assignments.
Omar tweeted Wednesday night that the transfer in opposition to her had spurred dying threats. In an 18-second voicemail, a person threatens to “put a bullet in your f— head” and tells her to “get the f— out of my country.”
“These threats increase whenever Republicans put a target on my back,” Omar wrote.
Omar’s removing from the committee caps McCarthy’s first month as speaker.
Although McCarthy struggled final month to influence his caucus handy him the speaker’s gavel, his capacity to meet his promise to take away the Democrats ought to assist him win over skeptics in his occasion.
“He knew what he had to do to become speaker and satisfy all the different pent-up anger that so many Republicans had to what’s happened over the last four years,” stated Rep. Kevin Hern (R-Okla.), who chairs the Republican Examine Committee. “A lot of people in the press thought that he’d given up the farm, and he really just took the House back to where it was.”