The House overwhelmingly approved a motion on Wednesday that adds language condemning anti-Semitism to a bill that would cut off U.S. support for the Saudi-led military campaign in Yemen.
The vote comes days after freshman Rep. Ilhan OmarIlhan OmarDemocrats fret as longshot candidates pull money, attention Bleak midterm outlook shadows bitter Democratic battle Ilhan Omar to Biden: 'Deliver on your promise to cancel student debt' MORE (D-Minn.) stoked controversy with a tweet linking U.S. lawmaker support for Israel to money.
Omar's remarks were heavily criticized by Democratic lawmakers including Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiSanders, Manchin escalate fight over .5T spending bill Sanders blames media for Americans not knowing details of Biden spending plan Photos of the Week: Climate protests, Blue Origin and a koala MORE (D-Calif.). President TrumpDonald TrumpTrump criticizes Justice for restoring McCabe's benefits Biden: Those who defy Jan. 6 subpoenas should be prosecuted Hillicon Valley — Presented by LookingGlass — Hackers are making big money MORE has called for her to resign from Congress over the issue.
Omar has apologized for the comments, though not for a separate tweet that criticized the American Israel Public Affairs Committee.
She has ripped Trump over his criticism, saying he has "trafficked in hate [his] entire life."
The motion on anti-Semitism passed with 424 votes, after GOP lawmakers requested a roll call vote.
Two GOP members, Reps. Thomas MassieThomas Harold MassieEighth House GOP lawmaker issued 0 fine for not wearing mask on House floor Reps. Greene, Roy fined for not wearing masks on House floor Sixth House GOP lawmaker issued K metal detector fine MORE (Ky.) and Justin AmashJustin AmashDemocrats defend Afghan withdrawal amid Taliban advance Vietnam shadow hangs over Biden decision on Afghanistan Kamala Harris and our shameless politics MORE (Mich.), voted present during the procedural vote.
The motion states that “it is in the national interests of the United States to combat anti-Semitism at home and abroad. With an unfortunate rise in anti-Semitism and attempts to delegitimize Israel, the United States House of Representatives must emphasize the importance of combating anti-Semitism and reject all movements that deny Israel’s right to exist.”
The underlying legislation on the Yemen war is also expected to be approved, despite opposition from the White House.