House Votes Ilhan Omar , off Foreign Affairs Committee.
Fox News reports that the House voted 218-211
to remove Omar from the committee on Jan. 2.
Republicans had previously vowed to go through with the removal because of alleged antisemitic and anti-American comments Omar had previously made.
Representative Omar, by her own words,
has disqualified herself from serving on the Committee on Foreign Affairs, a panel that
is viewed by nations around the world as speaking for Congress on matters of international importance and national security, Foreign Affairs Committee, via four-page resolution.
Fox News reports that Democrats and Omar accused
the GOP of racism and hypocrisy, claiming they are only targeting "Democrats for questionable behavior.".
I am Muslim, I am an immigrant, and interestingly, from Africa. Is anyone surprised that I am being targeted? , Rep. Ilhan Omar, via statement.
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?, Rep. Ilhan Omar, via statement.
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez defended Omar
and dismissed Republican claims of consistency regarding the representative's dismissal.
Consistency? There is nothing consistent with the Republican Party’s continued attack, except for the racism and incitement of violence against women of color in this body. , Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, via statement.
This is about targeting women of color in the United States of America, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, via statement.
Rep. Gregory Meeks also came to Omar's defense.
Why is this member being targeted today? Could it be the way
that she looks? Could it be
her religious practices? , Rep. Gregory Meeks, via statement.
Because it’s clear if she were on
the other side of the aisle, we would
not be having this debate today, Rep. Gregory Meeks, via statement
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7 Little-Known , Black History Facts.
1. Shirley Chisholm, She was the first Black woman elected to Congress and survived multiple assassination attempts when she ran for President of the United States.
2. John Baxter Taylor , He was the first African American
to win an Olympic gold medal.
3. Billie Holiday, Her song, "Strange Fruit," was originally published as a poem by Abel Meeropol, a Jewish school teacher.
4. Hattie McDaniel, The first African American to win an Oscar, McDaniel wasn't allowed to attend the premiere of 'Gone with the Wind.'.
5. Phillis Wheatley, At only 12 years old, she became the
first published African American female author.
6. Josephine Baker , The famed entertainer worked as a
French Resistance spy during World War II.
7. Black History Month , It was decreed a national observance in
1976 by President Gerald Ford
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Rep. George Santos Steps Down , From House Committee Assignments.
NBC News reports that Santos recused himself from assignments for the House Small Business and Science committees on Jan. 31.
He says that he did so "to prevent from being a distraction" amid investigations into his finances and other matters.
The representative is being investigated
by the Nassau County district attorney
and NY federal prosecutors. .
Federal authorities are reportedly looking into his finances, specifically any irregularities regarding financial disclosures and campaign loans.
The NY attorney general's office is also "looking into a number of issues.".
In December, 'The New York Times'
published an investigation claiming
much of Santos' résumé was a lie.
Alleged fabrications include graduating from
Baruch College, previously working for Goldman Sachs
and Citigroup and owning numerous properties.
According to NBC News, Santos also lied about his mother being in the World Trade Center at the time of the 9/11 attacks.
Immigration records show that she was actually living in Brazil at the time.
A new poll conducted by Newsday and Siena College shows that in Santos' district, 78% of voters feel he should resign from Congress
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