The Republican-led House voted today to remove Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar from the Foreign Affairs Committee.
House Speaker Kevin McCarthy vowed last year that if Republicans won back the House, he would strip Reps. Eric Swalwell and Adam Schiff and Omar of committee assignments, arguing that Democrats created a “new standard” when they held the majority by removing Republican Reps. Marjorie Taylor Greene and Paul Gosar from committees for violent rhetoric and posts.
House Republicans, now in the majority, have given Greene and Gosar committee assignments for the new Congress.
McCarthy officially denied seats on the House Intelligence Committee to Democratic Swalwell and Schiff, the former chairman of the panel.
Omar said at a recent press conference where she spoke alongside Schiff and Swalwell,
Kevin McCarthy’s purely partisan moves to strip us from our committee is not only a political stunt, but also a blow to the integrity of our democratic institution and threat to our national security.”
House Democratic Leader Hakeem Jeffries accused Republicans of “political revenge”
The line should be drawn when there are members of Congress who are actively threatening violence against colleagues. We take violent threats seriously because we’ve lived them.”
The Democrat-led House voted last year to approve a resolution that censured Gosar and stripped him of committee assignments.
Gosar posted a photoshopped anime video to social media showing him attacking Biden and appearing to kill AOC.
#BREAKING: Rep. @AOC gives a passionate defense of Rep. Ilhan Omar from Republicans trying to remove her from the House Foreign Affairs Committee, calling out Islamophobia and racism, as well as Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene’s offensive past statements. pic.twitter.com/9xlD00Wmvg— Forbes (@Forbes) February 2, 2023