House Republicans Pass Resolution to Remove Rep. Ilhan Omar from Foreign Affairs Committee

The House of Representatives voted on Thursday to remove Rep. Ilhan Omar from the Foreign Affairs Committee. The resolution passed with a vote of 232-187, with all Republicans and 11 Democrats voting in favor.

Prior to the vote, Rep. Omar had come under fire for “mind boggling” comments on the committee and for sharing a death threat she received on Twitter. In a tweet, Omar blamed Republicans for “continued targeting of women of color.”

The resolution was introduced by Rep. Guy Reschenthaler, a Republican from Pennsylvania, who said Omar had “repeatedly made statements that demonstrate a lack of understanding of foreign policy, a lack of respect for the gravity of the issues the committee is charged with overseeing, and a lack of respect for the men and women of our intelligence and military communities.”

The resolution has been met with criticism from Democrats, who argue that it is an effort to silence Omar and other progressive voices. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi called the resolution “a distraction” and said it was “not worthy of the dignity of this House.”

The resolution now moves to the Senate, where it is expected to be voted on in the coming weeks.

Sources: CNN, Fox Business, Fox News, The Guardian US, NPR