Democrats in the House will reportedly advance legislation pushed by Representative Ilhan Omar (D-MN) that will create a special envoy within the State Department to monitor and combat Islamophobia.
The bill, which Omar first brought to the forefront in July, appears to be getting action in response to recent comments made by Republican congresswoman Lauren Boebert (CO).
A video surfaced over Thanksgiving break in which Boebert made an ill-advised joke that she and Omar had been on an elevator together when a Capitol police officer ran toward them “with fret all over his face.”
“I said, ‘Well, she doesn’t have a backpack. We should be fine,’” Boebert claimed.
Omar, despite a subsequent apology from Boebert and a phone call reaching out to resolve the matter, called on Republican leadership to punish Boebert.
Over the Thanksgiving break, Lauren Boebert said she was recently in a Capitol elevator with Ilhan Omar when a fretful Capitol police officer ran up.
Lauren Boebert said: “Well, she doesn’t have a backpack. We should be fine.”
“I’ve had a conversation with the speaker,” she said. “I’m very confident that she will take decisive action next week.”
The bill that could create a special envoy to combat Islamophobia is set to get voted out of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs on Thursday, with a final floor vote that could come as soon as the end of the year.
It would then move on to the Senate and, if passed there, on to President Biden’s desk.
“Moving forward this legislation that addresses the rise in incidents of Islamophobia worldwide … comes as Pelosi has been facing increasing pressure from members within her own party to take aggressive action against Boebert,” CNN reports.
Omar and Pelosi reportedly spoke about the legislation over the phone.
Congresswoman Ilhan Omar and 24 other members of Congress asked the State Department on Wednesday to create a special envoy to combat Islamophobia amid a rise in discrimination against Muslims on Wednesday. pic.twitter.com/Wq1xnA2tiM
Come to think of it, why doesn’t that ‘anti-hate’ resolution hold today? If it was effective, it surely would have been applicable to today’s situation. Why bother with these latest sham punishment votes for Republicans?
This past spring, House Republicans introduced a resolution seeking to censure Omar and other members of the ‘Squad’ for comments backing “the actions of a recognized terrorist organization.”
As you might imagine, that effort went absolutely nowhere.
Former President Donald Trump has argued that it’s actually Omar who should be apologizing as opposed to Boebert.
“Congresswoman Ilhan Omar should apologize for marrying her brother, committing large-scale immigration and election fraud, wishing death to Israel, and for essentially abandoning her former country, which doesn’t even have a government,” he said in a statement.
Pelosi meanwhile, dodged on whether or not they would move forward with the anti-Islamophobia legislation.
“It’s the responsibility of Republicans to discipline their members,” she said.
Representatives Paul Gosar (R-AZ), who was censured by the House and removed from his committee assignments over a parody cartoon video, and Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA), who was stripped from her committee assignments for ill-advised social media posts made prior to her election to office, were punished almost exclusively by Democrats.
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