House Democrats reportedly will not strip Rep. Ilhan OmarIlhan OmarDem lawmaker: Omar’s statements ‘deeply hurtful to Jews’ Jewish advocacy group calls on Omar to apologize after ‘stunningly anti-Semitic’ tweet Congress seeks to avoid new shutdown: Five things to watch MORE (D-Minn.) of her committee assignments after she apologized for tweets suggesting that American lawmakers were motivated to defend Israel by money.
House Majority Leader Steny HoyerSteny Hamilton HoyerDemocrat vows to move forward with impeachment, dividing his party Dems call for ‘strategic investments’ while touring southern border Leaders from both parties pay tribute to Dingell’s life on House floor MORE (D-Md.) told Roll Call that “of course” Democrats would not strip Omar of committee assignments like Republicans did to Rep. Steve KingSteven (Steve) Arnold KingJewish advocacy group calls on Omar to apologize after ‘stunningly anti-Semitic’ tweet McCarthy says Omar, Tlaib’s comments on Israel worse than Steve King Ex-Dem congressional candidate pushes to elect more mothers to Congress MORE (R-Iowa.) after he questioned how terms like “white supremacy” became offensive.
“I don’t think she’s anti-Semitic,” Hoyer reportedly said. “She did apologize. The key will be that when we make a mistake like that, conscious or unconscious, that we don’t repeat it. That will be the proof of the pudding.”
House Majority Whip Jim ClyburnJames (Jim) Enos ClyburnBiden speaking to Dems on Capitol Hill as 2020 speculation mounts: report Former FCC Dem to advise T-Mobile, Sprint on merger Clyburn: Dems did not rush to judgment over BuzzFeed report MORE (D-S.C.) also reportedly said he doesn’t think extra action is needed given Omar apologized.
Omar is currently on the House Foreign Affairs, Education and Labor committees.
The freshman lawmaker sparked backlash Sunday when she retweeted journalist Glenn Greenwald responding to a story about House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthyKevin Owen McCarthyDem lawmaker: Omar’s statements ‘deeply hurtful to Jews’ Jewish advocacy group calls on Omar to apologize after ‘stunningly anti-Semitic’ tweet Congress seeks to avoid new shutdown: Five things to watch MORE (R-Calif.) promising “action” against her and fellow Rep. Rashida TlaibRashida Harbi TlaibDem lawmaker: Omar’s statements ‘deeply hurtful to Jews’ Jewish advocacy group calls on Omar to apologize after ‘stunningly anti-Semitic’ tweet Congress seeks to avoid new shutdown: Five things to watch MORE (D-Mich.) over their critical views on Israel.
“It’s all about the Benjamins baby,” Omar tweeted.
Omar then tweeted that the American Israeli Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) was paying American politicians to support Israel.
She apologized Monday for using “anti-Semitic tropes, but stood by her criticism of AIPAC.
“At the same time, I reaffirm the problematic role of lobbyists in our politics, whether it be AIPAC, the NRA or the fossil fuel industry. It’s gone on too long and we must be willing to address it,” Omar wrote.
House Minority Whip Steve ScaliseStephen (Steve) Joseph ScaliseScalise: House Judiciary Dems preventing testimony helped amplify my gun message Fresh faces bring familiar GOP refrain: Dems are too extreme Scalise: Dems trying to ‘silence’ me on gun violence MORE (La.) was the only Republican House leader to explicitly call for her to be removed from committee assignments.
“Good that some Dems have condemned the disgraceful anti-Semitic remarks of Rep. Omar — but their words are empty unless Dem leaders remove her from the Foreign Affairs Committee. No one with her anti-Semitic views should be allowed to represent US foreign policy on that committee,” he said in a tweet.