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Scalise: Pelosi Has To Remove Rep. Omar From Committee

Scalise: Pelosi Has To Remove Rep. Omar From Committee

The four-page measure, drafted by Pelosi, Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, D-Md., Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Eliot Engel, D-N.Y., and Rep. Ted Deutch, D-Fla., details the history and recent rise of anti-Semitism in the US as a whole without calling out Omar by name, an issue which Politico reported has prompted an internal dispute among Democrats.

Omar has been accused of using anti-Semitic language in recent comments questioning US support of 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", Omar stated during a discussion at a Washington bookstore on Wednesday. The senior Democratic aide said the resolution that will receive a vote Wednesday was drafted before ADL's letter was sent and that the ADL was aware of the forthcoming resolution before it sent its letter to Pelosi. Its text was not final as of Monday afternoon. The resolution refers to Federal Bureau of Investigation hate crime statistics evincing a recent large spike in anti-Semitic hate crimes, and it even has a whole section decrying the "insidious, bigoted history" of "dual loyalty" canards.

The latest controversy comes as Omar was the subject of an Islamophobic attack in West Virginia's state house where a poster on display for a Republican Party event linked the congresswoman to the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

The resolution marks the second time Congress has pushed forward legislation condemning Omar for comments made against Tel Aviv.

GOP lawmakers are pressuring Democrats to take further action by removing Omar from the Foreign Affairs Committee, which has jurisdiction over U.S. -Israel relations, but two Democrats involved in the drafting of the resolution said that was not under consideration.

Ocasio-Cortez (N.Y.) on Tuesday told her 3.4 million Twitter followers that "no one seeks this level of reprimand when members make statements about Latinx + other communities", mentioning an incident when Rep. Jason T. Smith (R-Mo.) shouted "Go back to Puerto Rico!" at Democrats during a floor debate earlier this year.

Representative Ilhan Omar votes for Nancy Pelosi to be speaker of the House of Representatives on the first day of the 116th Congress, at the Capitol in Washington, January 3, 2019.

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Florida Democratic Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz agreed, describing Omar's criticisms as "repeated misunderstandings" that were "hurtful".

Omar did not apologize for her most recent statement, where she did not directly reference Israel.

Responding to Lowey, Omar doubled down. "I think she should resign from Congress, frankly, but at a minimum she shouldn't be on committees, certainly that committee". The congresswoman wrote on Twitter that "our democracy is built on debate".

The 29-year-old NY congresswoman added on Twitter, criticizing Trump: 'Unlike this President, Rep. @IlhanMN demonstrated a capacity to acknowledge pain & apologize, use the opportunity to learn abt history of antisemitism, +grow from it while clarifying her stance'.

Representative Debbie Wasserman Schultz of Florida, a former Democratic Party chairwoman, also weighed in: "Dialogue leads to understanding".

Israel's supporters, she suggested, are pushing members of Congress to pledge "allegiance to a foreign country".

Both Republicans and Democrats have condemned the remarks by alleging Omar implied that American Jews have dual loyalty issues, an anti-Semitic trope.