House Dems delay vote on resolution rebuking Omar over Israel remarks

House Dems delay vote on resolution rebuking Omar over Israel remarks
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House Democratic leaders are delaying a vote on a resolution condemning anti-Semitism that had been slated to take place on Wednesday, according to a Democratic aide.

Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy Patricia D'Alesandro PelosiRisk-averse Republicans are failing the republic The Hill's Morning Report - Trump, Dems put manufacturing sector in 2020 spotlight Trump, Saturday Night Live and why autocrats can't take a joke MORE (D-Calif.) and Majority Leader Steny HoyerSteny Hamilton HoyerHillicon Valley: Social media faces scrutiny after New Zealand attacks | YouTube removed 'tens of thousands' of shooting videos | DHS chief warns of state-backed cyber threats | House Dems plan April vote on net neutrality House to take up gender pay gap, Violence Against Women Act House Dems plan April vote on net neutrality bill MORE (D-Md.) announced in a closed-door leadership meeting that a vote on the resolution is more likely to occur Thursday instead of the initially expected Wednesday, the aide confirmed to The Hill on Tuesday. They also said that the resolution would be updated to include a nod to anti-Muslim bias. 
 
House Majority Whip James Clyburn (D-S.C.) told reporters that the resolution should emphasize an “anti-hate” message. 

 

Clyburn told Fox News Tuesday evening they were “still drafting” the resolution, but feels it should be "anti-hate." The measure is expected to be updated to include language condemning anti-Muslim bias.

The resolution comes in the wake of Rep. Ilhan OmarIlhan OmarOmar controversy has not shifted Jews away from Dem Party, left-leaning Jewish advocate says Jewish voters share Dem values, says left-leaning Jewish advocate Omar slams U.S. war in Iraq on anniversary of invasion MORE's (D-Minn.) most recent controversial comments on Israel.

"I want to talk about the political influence in this country that says it is OK for people to push for allegiance to a foreign country,” she said during a forum at a bookstore last week.

Her remarks sparked strong backlash from members on both sides of the aisle, who argued her comments were anti-Semitic.

An initial draft of the resolution does not name Omar specifically, but does condemn "accusations of dual loyalty generally have an insidious, bigoted history" and "acknowledges the dangerous consequences of perpetuating anti-Semitic stereotypes."

Top Republicans have called on Democrats to take a harder line on the issue, arguing the text of resolution should specifically reprimand Omar.

"I'm hearing that they are even going to pull back on their resolution that didn't even mention her - that they are afraid they can't even pass that," House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthyKevin Owen McCarthyOvernight Energy: McConnell tees up vote on Green New Deal | Centrist Dems pitch alternative to plan | House Republican likens Green New Deal to genocide | Coca-Cola reveals it uses 3M tons of plastic every year House GOP lawmaker says Green New Deal is like genocide GOP lawmakers: House leaders already jockeying for leadership contests MORE (R-Calif.) told reporters Tuesday. "That's what I was just told on the floor, which to me is very concerning."

Rep. Lee ZeldinLee ZeldinHouse Republican explains decision to vote against anti-hate resolution The Hill's Morning Report - A rough week for House Dems The 23 Republicans who voted against the anti-hate resolution MORE (R-N.Y.), who has previously sparred with Omar on Twitter over comments she made in the past, said Democrats should work across the aisle on the resolution. 

"It would be good for them to bring to make this a bipartisan effort, work with Republicans and that would send a very strong message that an issue like this should transcend politics," he told The Hill. "The entire chamber united in January passing a resolution about white supremacy and it was determined Steve KingSteven (Steve) Arnold KingSteve King asked if white society is superior: 'I don't have an answer for that' Hateful words demand stronger response from Congress, President Trump Ex-Bush ethics chief calls for Steve King expulsion after he posted meme of potential civil war MORE couldn't serve on the Small Business Committee anymore. We should go to the House floor just like we all stand united."

Zeldin noted it's not the first time the House has felt the need to condemn anti-Semitism in response to comments made by Omar, adding he believes Democratic leadership needs to remove her from her committee assignment. 

"I don't believe that she should have been appointed to the Foreign Affairs Committee in the first place and that even if she's not removed she's going to get herself kicked off that committee sooner rather than later," he continued. 

While her comments were met with bipartisan pushback, a number of progressive lawmakers have come to Omar's defense.

"One of the things that is hurtful about the extent to which reprimand is sought of Ilhan is that no one seeks this level of reprimand when members make statements about Latinx + other communities (during the shutdown, a GOP member yelled “Go back to Puerto Rico!” on the floor)," Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezOcasio-Cortez fires back at Jamie Dimon after CEO dismisses Green New Deal Inslee: We want world to know 'there is still intelligent life in the US' The importance of moderate voters MORE (D-N.Y.) tweeted.

 
Omar did not respond to reporters' questions on Tuesday evening.