US: Republican-majority House ousters Congresswoman Ilhan Omar from foreign affairs committee; White House irked

US: Republican-majority House ousters Congresswoman Ilhan Omar from foreign affairs committee; White House irked

The House voted to remove her from the House Foreign Affairs Committee with 218 to 211 votes on the party lines.

PTIUpdated: Friday, February 03, 2023, 10:38 AM IST
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US congresswoman Ilhan Omar | (Photo by Sajjad QAYYUM / AFP)

Washington: Democratic Party Congresswoman Ilhan Omar has been voted out of the powerful foreign affairs committee by the Republican-majority House of Representatives, a move that was quickly condemned by the White House.

The House voted to remove her from the House Foreign Affairs Committee with 218 to 211 votes on the party lines.

Omar delivers defiant, emotional speech

In her defiant speech, Omar, a former Somali refugee, said, "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? Frankly, it is expected because when you push power, power pushes back."

Omar, 40, is the third Muslim lawmaker in the US House of Representatives. She represents the fifth Congressional District of Minnesota. Over the past few years, she has engaged herself in anti-India tirade both inside and outside the House. She has also been a fierce critic of Israel and the Jewish lobby.

House Speaker Kevin McCarthy on voting out Omar

"We just do not believe when it comes to foreign affairs, especially the responsibility of that position around the world with the comments that you make. She (Illhan Omar) shouldn't serve there," House Speaker Kevin McCarthy told reporters after the vote Thursday.

"Moving forward, every single member of the Congress has a responsibility to know how they carry themselves," McCarthy said.

White House dub move 'unjust'

The White House described the move as "unjust".

"The way that we see this, it's a political stunt, much like House Republicans' unjust removal of other leading Democrats from key committees in recent weeks. It is a disservice to the American people," White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre told reporters at her daily news conference.

"What we believe is Congresswoman Omar is a highly respected member of the Congress. She has apologised for her comments she made in the past. I think she -- most recently -- did an extensive interview about this on Sunday, I believe on CNN, and has been vocal about condemning antisemitism as well as affirming our strong alliance and important partnership with Israel," Jean-Pierre said.

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