House Speaker Kevin McCarthy announced on Tuesday he has enough GOP votes to keep Democrat Rep. Ilhan Omar off the House Foreign Affairs Committee.
McCarthy said “yes” when CNN congressional correspondent Manu Raju asked whether the GOP had enough votes to keep Omar off the committee.
McCarthy pledged to remove Omar from the House Foreign Affairs Committee.
Making good on his pledge, he has since removed Reps. Adam Schiff (D-CA) and Eric Swalwell (D-CA) from the House Intelligence Committee.
Although Kevin McCarthy moved forward with removing Ilhan Omar, he faced opposition from a few House Republicans who expressed concern over due process.
Even Matt Gaetz (R-FL) has expressed concern about McCarthy’s move. Other Reps, including Ken Buck (R-CO), Nancy Mace (R-SC), and Victoria Spartz (R-IN), publicly opposed the decision to remove Omar.
However, Spartz agreed to support the resolution after including language in the resolution to remove Omar that would allow members to appeal their removals from committees.
“As to my fellow conservatives, I think setting a precedent of allowing an appeal process for the Speaker’s and majority-party removal decisions is particularly important to freedom-loving legislators who usually are on the receiving end of issues like this,” Spartz said in a statement declaring her support of the resolution.
House Majority Leader Steve Scalise said the GOP had secured the necessary votes to remove Omar, Axios reported on Tuesday.
McCarthy’s move to remove Omar is based on her past antiemetic remarks.
As the resolution states:
Whereas on February 10, 2019, Representative Ilhan Omar suggested that Jewish people and the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) were buying political support, saying, “It’s all about the Benjamins, baby,” leading to condemnation from Republicans and Democrats alike for her use of an anti-Semitic trope;
Tuesday’s House Rules Committee meeting on the resolution to remove Omar is reportedly being held under “emergency,” procedures, allowing the committee to “move in an expedited fashion,” Raju reported.
“It’s the first time they’ve done so this year,” Raju added.
The vote on the resolution to remove Omar could take place as early as this week.