Democrats, Nancy Pelosi Plan Floor Vote On Resolution Against Anti-Semitism

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Democratic leadership in the House, including Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), say they're planning on introducing legislation later this week that would condemn anti-Semitism, though it's not immediately clear whether Democrats plan to condemn Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) specifically for her recent anti-Semitic remarks.

 

Politico reports that Democratic leaders have been hard at work since last week trying to figure out a way to openly criticize remarks made by Omar — at an event last week in Washington, D.C. — and by others who have adopted centuries old anti-Semitic tropes, like the "dual loyalty" smear, to critique their colleagues.

Omar leveled that exact criticism last week during a speech at D.C. restaurant Busboys & Poets, drawing swift and deep condemnation from top Democrats, including her boss on the Foreign Affairs Committee, Rep. Eliot Engel (D-NY), who demanded Omar apologize for her "vile" remarks, including that some of her Congressional colleagues were pledging their "allegiance to a foreign country" — Israel.

Omar did not, in fact, apologize, and on Sunday appeared to double down yet again on her remarks in a Twitter confrontation with another prominent Democrat, this time Rep. Nita Lowey. As The Daily Wire reported Sunday, Lowey rebuked Omar for openly adopting what she called "offensive" and "painful stereotypes." Omar responded by accusing Lowey of demanding that she pledge a loyalty oath to the state of Israel and cease critiquing Israeli policy altogether — something neither Lowey, nor anyone else in Congress, has ever asked Omar to do.

The last time Omar made remarks of this nature, Speaker Pelosi demanded that Omar issue a public apology, and Omar agreed to meet with Jewish groups to better understand why leveling the "dual loyalty" smear is considered anti-Semitic.

 

The discussions clearly did not take, and now Pelosi and others appear to be deciding an appropriate punishment.

"Pelosi and other senior Democrats are drafting a resolution to address the controversy, which ballooned over the weekend following a public clash between Omar and senior Jewish lawmakers," Politico reports. "Staffers for several Jewish lawmakers, including Engel and Lowey, soon began working with Democratic leaders on the resolution. Aides for House Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler (D-N.Y.) along with Reps. Ted Deutch (D-Fla.), Josh Gottheimer (D-N.J.) and fellow Minnesota freshman Rep. Dean Phillips are also involved, according to multiple sources."

 

Democratic House Majority Leader Rep. Steny Hoyer (D-MD) has reportedly already received a copy of the draft, but there's still one sticking point: whether Democrats will mention Omar by name in the resolution. If they don't, they risk the resolution being too watered-down and vague to be effective. If they do, it would be a "rare public reprimand" from House Democratic leadership (or any leadership, really) against a member of their own party.

Notably, despite their zeal to publicly condemn the Minnesota rep., the Democrats are not considering removing Omar from her seat on the House Foreign Relations Committee, even though she has now repeatedly condemned one of America's most steadfast allies. GOP leaders have requested Pelosi force Omar to step down if she will not relinquish her position.

The House is expected to bring the resolution to a floor vote on Wednesday.

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