Engel Says He Won't Remove Minnesota Rep. Omar from Foreign Affairs Committee

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The vote was scheduled to take place on Wednesday, but has been delayed until Thursday. And this time pro-Israel Democrats led by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) are not just warning her about the dangers of Jewish tropes. Democrats made a decision to add a provision also condemning anti-Muslim behavior, but it's not clear whether the measure will receive a floor vote.

In the wake of the comments, the House passed a resolution condemning anti-Semitism, and Omar apologised.

An initial draft of the resolution being circulated Monday did not name Omar specifically, but it did reject "the myth of dual loyalty", a reference that seemed to rebuke her most recent comments about Israel that have caused consternation among her colleagues. Members of Congress such as Reps. "But even that version wasn't watered down enough for many Democrats, who also wanted the resolution changed to include other kids of religious bigotry, resulting in a big intraparty disagreement on Tuesday". The four-page measure, drafted by Pelosi, Engel, Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, D-Md., and Rep. Ted Deutch, D-Fla., details the history and recent rise of anti-Semitism in the US and does not call out Omar by name.

"We need to have equity in our outrage", said Rep. Ayanna Pressley (D., Mass.), calling the matter a "distraction". Omar is among the most prominent freshman, as evidence by her appearance on the cover of Rolling Stone's March issue with Pelosi, Hayes and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.

"When I see Israel institute laws that recognize it as a Jewish state and does not recognize the other religions that are living in it, and we still uphold it as a democracy in the Middle East I nearly chuckle because I know that if we see that any other society we would criticize it, call it out", she said. "And the resolution that should be passing this week should be naming names", Zeldin said.

Other members, including Richmond, said it was unfair that the caucus would take action against one of its own members while other GOP lawmakers have uttered offensive remarks with no retribution. This came after her remarks last month, where she tweeted "it's all about the Benjamins" for pro-Israel politicians, suggesting they were paid off by Jewish lobbyists. I listened to the speaker, I heard the words that she said to her conference on how tough votes on the floor. Pelosi, House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Eliot Engel and other Democrats condemned Omar's remarks about divided loyalties.

At one point during the meeting, Rep. Jan Schakowsky, D-Ill., a close Pelosi ally, pleaded with Democrats: "Everyone stop tweeting!".

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of NY and Rashida Tlaib of MI, both tweeted that it was not right to single out Omar given comments by other lawmakers, especially Republicans, that they see as bigoted or prejudiced.

"I want to ask why is it okay for me to talk about the influence of the NRA, or fossil fuels industries, or Big Pharma, and not talk about a powerful lobbying that is influencing policy", she said. "That would have been fine", Vargas said of Ocasio-Cortez's response on Twitter. To question someone's loyalty because they're Jewish, I think, is bad. "It's something that we shouldn't question at all".

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