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

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

We've witnessed some truly remarkable floundering this week from House Democratic leadership in the wake of the Ilhan Omar controversy, in which the Muslim-American freshman Congressswoman was accused of anti-Semitism for daring to say (correctly) that pro-Israel lobbies like AIPAC exert enormous influence on USA politicians, to the point of seeking dual allegiance.

But other Democrats thought that the resolution should be passed. In February, she apologized for suggesting that members of Congress support Israel because they are paid to do so.

With a scheduled vote on a House resolution to condemn anti-Semitism pushed back Wednesday, and Democrats reportedly at odds on how to proceed, one former vice presidential nominee is warning the party that failure to act could have repercussions.

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

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi acknowledged during a closed meeting on Wednesday that her caucus faces "internal issues" that require "a clearer understanding of what our goal is as a caucus", a knowledgeable Democratic aide told The Associated Press.

"It should not be tough to stand up against this type of talk", McCarthy said, noting that the House adopted GOP-proposed language condemning anti-Semitism last month after a previous controversy involving Omar.

Democratic leaders were originally hoping to vote on the resolution this week, but delayed it Tuesday night after agreeing to add more language condemning anti-Muslim bias, according to two Democratic aides. Members of Congress such as Reps.

House Majority Whip James E. Clyburn of SC said he wants the resolution to be "anti-hate" to reject all forms of bigotry and prejudice. People are "looking for ways to take her down".

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Rep. Jahana Hayes of CT complained that Pelosi left Democrats out of the loop on the resolution's details.

Pelosi made reference to an episode last week where a sign was posted at an event hosted by the West Virginia Republican Party falsely linking Omar with the 9/11 attacks: "That is outside the circle of official or civilized behavior on their part, and we can not give them grist for it".

Republicans have pounced on Omar's comments, demanding her removal from the House Foreign Affairs Committee and demanding that other Democratic lawmakers answer for her views.

Organizations such as the Zionist Organization of America and the Endowment for Middle East Truth have taken their condemnations one step further in calling for Omar to be removed from the Foreign Affairs Committee.

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He noted that Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) was stripped of his committee memberships after he made controversial comments about white supremacy, saying there's "no doubt" that there's a double standard at play. Rep. Juan Vargas of California, who sits on the Foreign Affairs Committee with Omar, called questioning US relations with Israel "unacceptable".

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

Vargas on Wednesday brushed off the online clash: "She could have come down the hall and asked me what my opinion is".

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