GOP’s Kevin McCarthy set to bounce Democrats Schiff, Omar and Swalwell from House committees
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy said he will follow through with his pledge to kick Rep. Ilhan Omar of Minnesota off the House Foreign Affairs Committee in the new Congress.
Ms. Omar, who is losing her committee assignment over her anti-Semitic rhetoric, is among a handful of Democratic lawmakers Mr. McCarthy will boot from committees for various offenses. He is following a precedent set by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi in the current Congress.
“I made another promise to you last time. There was this Congresswoman Ilhan Omar,” Mr. McCarthy told attendees at a Republican Jewish Coalition event in Las Vegas on Saturday, eliciting boos from the crowd.
“That’s a rightful boo,” he said. “I remember what she said about Israel. … I remember it so much. I promised you last year, that [when I am] speaker, she no longer would be on Foreign Affairs, and I’m keeping that promise.”
Ms. Omar often lashes out against Israel and once likened the Jewish state to Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union. She also lumped the U.S. and Israel in with terrorist groups, saying: “We have seen unthinkable atrocities committed by the U.S., Hamas, Israel, Afghanistan and the Taliban.”
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