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What we covered here

  • The latest: The House of Representatives passed a resolution broadly condemning hate and intolerance, including anti-Semitism and anti-Muslim discrimination, in the wake of controversy over Democratic freshman Rep. Ilhan Omar.
  • The controversy: Tensions on Capitol Hill have been rising over Omar’s remarks questioning the allegiance of Israel supporters in Congress. 
  • The other story here: Democrats have turned this internal spat over anti-Semitism into a major diversion. Here’s how.
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Here's who voted "no" on the resolution to condemn bigotry, anti-Semitism

The US House of Representatives voted 407-23 to pass a resolution that broadly condemned hate and intolerance, including anti-Semitism and anti-Muslim discrimination.

All 23 no votes were from Republicans. 

House Republican Conference Chair Liz Cheney of Wyoming called the vote a “sham” and said the language in the resolution “did not address the issue that is front and center.” The resolution followed comments by Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar of Minnesota that critics from both parties labeled anti-Semitic, though the resolution did not reference Omar by name. 

Here’s who voted “no” on the resolution

  • Rep. Andy Biggs of Arizona
  • Rep. Mo Brooks of Alabama
  • Rep. Ken Buck of Colorado
  • Rep. Ted Budd of North Carolina
  • Rep. Michael C. Burgess of Texas
  • Rep. Liz Cheney of Wyoming
  • Rep. Chris Collins of New York
  • Rep. Mike Conaway of Texas
  • Rep. Rick Crawford of Arizona
  • Rep. Jeff Duncan of California
  • Rep. Louie Gohmert of Texas
  • Rep. Paul Gosar of Arizona 
  • Rep. Sam Graves of Missouri
  • Rep. Pete King of New York
  • Rep. Doug LaMalfa of California
  • Rep. Thomas Massie of Kentucky
  • Rep. Steven Palazzo of Mississippi 
  • Rep. Mike Rogers of Alabama 
  • Rep. Chip Roy of Texas
  • Rep. Greg Steube of Florida
  • Rep. Mark Walker of North Carolina
  • Rep. Ted Yoho of Florida
  • Rep. Lee Zeldin of New York
  • One Republican lawmaker, Rep. Steve King of Iowa, voted “present.”

House passes so-called anti-Semitism resolution

The House passed a resolution condemning anti-Semitism and other forms of discrimination and bigotry — a measure that stemmed from controversial comments made by Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar. 

The vote was 407-23. Twenty-three Republicans voted against the measure, and all Democrats — including Omar — voted in support of the resolution.

Passage of the resolution comes after an intense internal debate among House Democrats over how to respond to recent comments Omar made related to Israel that sparked criticism, including from fellow Democrats.

The House is now voting on the anti-Semitism resolution

The US House of Representatives is now voting on a resolution to condemn anti-Semitism.

The House started voting at 5:05 p.m. ET.

Debate on the anti-Semitism resolution has been delayed. Here's why.

Debate on the House’s anti-Semitism resolution has been delayed as Democrats tweak a clause in the measure’s text.

The change will add the LGBTQ community to the text, according to a Democratic congressional source.

Here’s how it reads now:

“Whereas white supremacists in the United States have exploited and continue to exploit bigotry and weaponize hate for political gain, targeting traditionally persecuted peoples, including African Americans, Latinos, Native Americans, Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders and other people of color, Jews, Muslims, Hindus, Sikhs, the LGBTQ community, immigrants, and others with verbal attacks, incitement, and violence…”

Congressional Black Caucus chair says she is "excited" about the revised House resolution

Democratic Rep. Karen Bass, the chair of the Congressional Black Caucus, said she is “excited” about the new version of the House resolution to condemn anti-Semitism, which was updated to also condemn anti-Muslim discrimination and bigotry against minorities. 

“I’m very excited about the way it finally turned out. I think it brought everybody together and I’m looking forward to moving forward after this is voted on and dispensed with,” Bass said today when asked what she thinks about the revised version.

Bass was one of the House Democrats who had previously argued that the resolution, which was originally written to focus on rejecting anti-Semitism, should be broader in scope, telling reporters yesterday, “we want to make clear that we make a stand against all forms of bigotry and hatred.” 

Asked if the CBC had time to give the new version of the resolution its stamp of approval, Bass replied, “Well, yes. Yes. Yes. I think it’s going to be fine. I’m waiting – I haven’t heard back anything from members so that’s usually a good sign.”

House members could vote on the resolution this afternoon

The text of the House’s resolution condemning anti-Semitism has been released.

House members will begin their debate on the resolution at 3:15 p.m. ET, and they’ll likely vote on the measure shortly after that.

The resolution condemns “anti-Semitism as hateful expressions of intolerance that are contradictory to the values and aspirations that define the people of the United States and condemning anti-Muslim discrimination and bigotry against minorities as hateful expressions of intolerance that are contrary to the values and aspirations of the United States.”

Read the resolution here.

Pelosi: This resolution isn't about Omar

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelsoi said the resolution to condemn anti-Semitism, which the House is expected to vote on today, isn’t about Rep. Ilhan Omar and her tweets questioning the allegiance of Israel supporters in Congress. 

Pelsoi said the resolution, which doesn’t name Omar, is about condemning hatred.

Here’s what Pelosi said at her weekly news conference:

“I thought the resolution should be in large the issue to anti-Semitism, anti-Islamopocbia, et cetera. Anti-white supremacist. And that it should not mention her name. And that’s what we are working on — something that is one resolution addressing these forms of hatred, not mentioning her name. Because it’s not about her. It’s about these forms of hatred. 

Pelosi: I don't believe Omar's words are based on anti-Semitic attitude

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, asked about remarks from Rep. Ilhan Omar that have spurred a riff among House Democrats, said she doesn’t believe the congresswoman “appreciates the full weight” of her comments.

She added, multiple times, that she doesn’t believe Omar intended her remarks to be anti-Semitic, but they came across that way to other people.

Why some Congressional Black Caucus members are upset about today's vote

Rep. Karen Bass

At a House Democrats caucus meeting this morning, Democratic leaders announced they’d hold a vote today on resolution denouncing anti-Semitism.

Rep. Ilhan Omar — whose tweets questioning the allegiance of Israel supporters in Congress has spurred tensions in the Democratic party — sat in the front row and didn’t say a word.

But the timing seemed to upset prominent Congressional Black Caucus members, including chairwoman Karen Bass and veteran member Maxine Waters. 

They pointed out they hadn’t even seen a copy of the resolution yet. 

Some background: Members from the Congressional Black Caucus — as well as the younger, progressive wing of the party — have been furious about the leadership’s gambit.

Their points:

  • They questioned singling out Omar for condemnation. What about bigotry from Republicans, including President Trump?
  • Why were Democrats so focused on a woman of color, one of just two Muslims in Congress?
  • Could the added scrutiny even put Omar in danger?

Why Democrats want this vote to happen today

There’s a reason Democrats are pressing to vote on this resolution today. Republicans could try to steal the Democrat’s thunder and bring forth their own anti-Semitism resolution to the floor through the motion to recommit procedural vote tomorrow for HR1.

So to avoid some Democrats feeling like they need to vote with Republicans tomorrow, per a senior Democratic aide, leadership is bringing the resolution to the floor today.

If Republicans still push their own resolution tomorrow, Democrats can easily say they already voted on one and can feel more comfortable rejecting the GOP resolution.

The House will vote today on a resolution to condemn anti-Semitism

House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer is telling caucus members in the Whip meeting now that there will be a vote today on a House resolution to condemn anti-semitism.

Democrats divided over the language of what will be included in the resolution. House Democratic leadership had first said they would have a floor vote on the resolution on Wednesday. Then that goal was moved to Thursday.

How we got here: Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi initially pushed for a resolution condemning anti-Semitism after controversy broke out as Rep. Ilhan Omar of Minnesota questioned the allegiance of Israel supporters in Congress. 

After an ugly scrum broke out on Wednesday behind closed doors, the vote was tabled. Leadership is now rewriting the resolution to condemn all hate, not just anti-Semitism.

Democrats have been divided over Rep. Omar's comments about Israel. Here's what she said.

For weeks, tensions on Capitol Hill have been rising over remarks from freshman Rep. Ilhan Omar of Minnesota questioning the allegiance of Israel supporters in Congress.

Last month, the Democrat sent tweets insinuating that the pro-Israel lobbying group American Israel Public Affairs Committee, or AIPAC, was effectively buying off American politicians.

Here’s how the Twitter exchange unfolded:

  • First, Omar responded to a tweet by journalist Glenn Greenwald that read, “GOP Leader Kevin McCarthy threatens punishment for @IlhanMN and @RashidaTlaib over their criticisms of Israel. It’s stunning how much time US political leaders spend defending a foreign nation even if it means attacking free speech rights of Americans.” She replied, “It’s all about the Benjamins baby,” followed by a musical notes emoji.
  • Then, Batya Ungar-Sargon, the opinion editor of the Forward, replied, tweeting, “Would love to know who @IlhanMN thinks is paying American politicians to be pro-Israel, though I think I can guess. Bad form, Congresswoman. That’s the second anti-Semitic trope you’ve tweeted.”
  • Omar responded to the tweet and wrote, “AIPAC!”

Omar later apologized after Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Majority Leader Steny Hoyer and other members of House Democratic leadership said anti-Semitism had to be called out.

This is how her apology started:

“Anti-Semitism is real and I am grateful for Jewish allies and colleagues who are educating me on the painful history of anti-Semitic tropes. My intention is never to offend my constituents or Jewish Americans as a whole. We have to always be willing to step back and think through criticism, just as I expect people to hear me when others attack me for my identity. This is why I unequivocally apologize.”

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READ: House resolution condemning anti-Semitism