In an overwhelming vote, Democrats in the House voted against emergency funding for Israel’s Iron Dome missile defense system and other security programs.
Democrats voted against Rep. Tony Gonzales’ (R-TX) motion to recommit, which would have provided emergency funding for the Israeli Iron Dome and other defense programs. It would have been additional to the $3.8 billion the United States already provides for security assistance to Israel every year. According to House spokesperson Mark Bednar, financial assistance to Israel “has historically been supported on a bipartisan basis.”
Gonzales called for $500 million to be allotted missile defense cooperation. $73 million was meant for the Iron Dome, $177 million for Short Range Ballistic Missile Defense, $77 million for upper-tier missile defense, and finally $173 million for improvements to Arrow I and Arrow II programs.
The final vote was 218 to 209, exactly down party lines.
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Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar kicked off House Foreign Affairs Committee
Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar was voted off the House Foreign Affairs Committee Thursday. The action was expected, as Republican members of Congress had criticized Omar’s antisemetic and anti-American rhetoric.
After intense debating on the House floor, the resolution passed with a 218-211 vote. Democrats attempted to pull the race card, accusing Republican House members of racism for removing Omar from the committee.
Omar also accused House Republicans of racism, saying, “I am Muslim, I am an immigrant, and interestingly, from Africa…Is anyone surprised that I am being targeted? Is anyone surprised that I am somehow deemed unworthy to speak about American foreign policy, or that they see me as a powerful voice that needs to be silenced?”
“There is this idea that you are a suspect if you are an immigrant or if you are from certain parts of the world or certain skin tone or a muslim.” Omar said during the heated debate. A fiery Alexandria Ocasia Cortez also chimed in shouting, “This is an attack on women of color!”
Republican Rep. Nicole Malliotakis, from New York, said she had personally witnessed Omar spew anti-American rhetoric. Malliotakis said, “I have been in that committee room where, the representative, equates Israel and the United States to Hamas and the Taliban. Absolutely unacceptable for a member of that committee.”
A four-page resolution was written for the justification of removing Omar from the house Foreign Affairs Committee. The resolution states that in 2019, Omar suggested that Jewish people were buying U.S. political support when she posted on Twitter, “it’s all about the Benjamins, baby.”
Omar also commented on the September 11th attacks saying, “some people did something.” This type of comment is unacceptable for any representative who is sitting on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, lawmakers said.
In the resolution it states that members of this committee should all be held to an “equal standard of conduct due to the international sensitivities and national security concerns under the jurisdiction of this committee.”
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