WASHINGTON, 03 January 2023, (TON): Kevin McCarthy is spearheading an effort to prevent Congresswoman Ilhan Omar from serving on the chamber’s Foreign Affairs Committee due to her prior criticism of Israel, reported Al Jazeera.
This is one of his first actions as speaker of the US House of Representatives.
The proposal to dismiss Omar from the panel was advanced on Wednesday by the House’s Republican majority. Democrats rejected the move and charged McCarthy with racism for focusing on the legislator, one of just two Muslim women serving in the US Congress and a former refugee of Somali heritage.
The resolution against Omar was initially challenged by a few Republicans, who questioned McCarthy’s ability to carry it given the GOP’s slim majority.