House Democratic leaders do not plan to strip freshman Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., of her committee assignments or take other action against her for tweeting that lawmakers are being paid by a powerful interest group to support Israel, Roll Call reported.
House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, D-Md., said he takes Omar at her word she did not intend to be anti-Semitic — though she affirmed her opposition to lobbyists like AIPAC.
“I don’t think she’s anti-Semitic,” Rep. Hoyer told Roll Call. “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.”
Democrats are not planning to take any legislative action against Omar, Hoyer told the news outlet. He said he had not spoken with House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., who said Republicans will take action of their own this week.
Hoyer said the situation with Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, who had his assignments yanked for white supremacy remarks, was different because King had a long history of such remarks, Roll Call reported.
“The difference between the King scenario was that it had been a long time coming,” Hoyer told Roll Call. “And very frankly the president of the United States has used some pretty harsh negative language about people. Should he be removed?”
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