Thursday, February 20, 2020

(JLBWC staff and combined sources) At press time it was reported that House Democrats would not vote on an anti-Semitism resolution on Wednesday as planned, as they were still refining the language of the measure, with multiple members saying it was likely to be broadened to reject other forms of religious bigotry such as Islamophobia.

The resolution is Democratic leadership’s response to recent comments from Minnesota freshman Rep. Ilhan Omar that lawmakers in both parties have said play into anti-Semitic stereotypes. 

Leadership had initially hoped to bring the resolution to the floor on Wednesday, but Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Tuesday evening would only commit to holding the vote sometime this week. “The language is being put together now, and you’ll see it when we have it finished,” the California Democrat told reporters, declining to specify what is being added to the resolution.

House Majority Whip James E. Clyburn of South Carolina said he wants the resolution to be “anti-hate” to reject all forms of bigotry and prejudice.

Republicans, meanwhile, feel like Democratic leaders aren’t doing enough to tamp down on Omar. House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy and Minority Whip Steve Scalise both think Pelosi should remove Omar from the Foreign Affairs Committee.

McCarthy said Republicans would support the Democrats’ anti-Semitism resolution as currently written but said there should be stronger action taken against Omar to ensure she doesn’t continue to use offensive language.

A Democratic leadership aide said the vote would not take place Wednesday but could happen as soon as Thursday.

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