On Thursday, the House of Representatives introduced a resolution to oust Representative Ilhan Omar (D-MN) from her assignment on the House Foreign Affairs Committee following previous comments she made while in Congress that promoted antisemitism.
The move comes after Speaker of the House Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) wrangled the votes of his conference to oust the lawmaker. McCarthy, who has already removed Representative Adam Schiff (D-CA) and Representative Eric 'Bang-Fang' Swalwell (D-CA) from their committee assignments, faced opposition from some Republican members who were hesitant about removing Omar. Representative Nancy Mace (R-SC), Representative Ken Buck (R-CO), and Representative Victoria Spartz (R-IN) both initially came out against McCarthy’s move, however, Spartz changed her mind on Tuesday. Representative Buck also had a change of heart.
“I appreciate Speaker McCarthy’s willingness to address legitimate concerns and add due process language to our resolution. Deliberation and debate are vital for our institution, not top-down approaches,” Spartz explained. “The rule of law, freedom of speech, and due process are fundamental to our Constitutional Republic.”
“Our founding fathers understood that pure democracy is dangerous and can lead to the tyranny of the majority, mob rule, and dictatorship,” she continued. “As to my fellow conservatives, I think setting a precedent of allowing an appeal process for the Speaker’s and majority-party removal decisions is particularly important to freedom-loving legislators who usually are on the receiving end of issues like this.”
Republican Party leaders flip Victoria Spartz who will now back resolution to oust Ilhan Omar from House Foreign Affairs after they agree to include language allowing her to appeal to House Ethics. Republican Party leaders believe they will get the votes. pic.twitter.com/hStEvQ6mhe
— Manu Raju (@mkraju) January 31, 2023
Now that McCarthy has the necessary votes to remove Omar, she will join her two Democrat colleagues in suffering the consequences of their actions in previous Congresses.
The Minnesota congresswoman has experienced increasing opposition against her assignment as Republicans are concerned that her comments, which many have called un-American, would potentially jeopardize relations with other countries given her assignment on the House Foreign Affairs Committee.
Domestic groups are also concerned about Ilhan’s radicalism. On Monday, a group of over 2.000 Jewish rabbis sent a letter to Speaker McCarthy and House Minority Leader Hakeen Jefferies (D-NY) requesting that Representative Omar be removed from her assignment.
“We write to urgently request that the House of Representatives follow through on Mr. McCarthy’s pledge that, as Speaker, he would remove Congresswoman Ilhan Omar from the House Committee on Foreign Affairs,” the letter from the Coalition for Jewish Values read. “This is not a political matter, but one of moral conscience, and a necessary step to quell the rising tide of antisemitic speech and violence now impacting Jewish communities across America.”
“We believe that to remove Representative Omar from the Foreign Affairs committee is the only morally responsible choice for a Member of Congress who opposes racism, bigotry, and antisemitism,” the group said in conclusion, adding, “We implore each and every member to demonstrate their concern for all of America’s minorities, by acting against hatred directed against those most frequently targeted.”
As the House of Representatives debates whether or not to remove Omar, it is clear that McCarthy has the votes to do so. Upon Ilhan’s removal, the speaker will have fulfilled a longtime promise and proved to conservatives that he is willing to lead his party to success in the 118th Congress.
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