House to vote Wednesday on booting Rep. Omar from Foreign Affairs Committee

It remains unclear whether the resolution will pass.

Published: January 31, 2023 7:11pm

Updated: January 31, 2023 7:48pm

The House will vote on Wednesday on whether to remove Minnesota Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar from the House Foreign Affairs Committee.

Rep. Max Miller, R-Ohio, who introduced the measure, according to the Washington Examiner, pointed to prior comments she made in 2019 that many critics deemed anti-Semitic.

"Representative Ilhan Omar suggested that Jewish people and the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) were buying political support, saying, 'It's all about the Benjamins, baby,' leading to condemnation from Republicans and Democrats alike," the resolution reads, per the outlet.

House Speaker Kevin McCarthy previously vowed to keep Omar off of the committee as well as to block the seating of California Democratic Reps. Adam Schiff and Eric Swalwell to the House Intelligence Committee.

McCarthy made good on his pledges with respect to Schiff and Swalwell as rules for the Intelligence Committee grant him the authority to unilaterally reject lawmakers. Stopping Omar's assignment, however, will require a full vote of the House.

It remains unclear whether the resolution will pass. Indiana GOP Rep. Victoria Spartz voiced opposition to the effort but has since reversed course, according to The Hill.

Republicans have 222 seats in the lower chamber with 218 necessary for a majority.

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