House of Representatives Censures Rep. Rashida Tlaib for Anti-Israel Remarks
Democratic Rep. Rashida Tlaib, representing Michigan’s 12th District, was censured by the House of Representatives following a vote on Tuesday night. Republican Rep. Rich McCormick of Georgia introduced a privileged resolution to censure Tlaib on Monday in response to her repeated criticisms of Israel's response to Hamas' terrorist attacks on October 7. After a motion to table the resolution failed on Tuesday, the House proceeded to the final vote on the measure later that evening. The resolution passed with 234 yeas, 188 nays, four members voting present, and seven abstentions.
Tlaib and McCormick's Responses
Prior to the vote, Tlaib expressed her disappointment on Twitter, arguing that her colleagues were more focused on silencing her than saving lives. McCormick, on the other hand, argued that Tlaib's inaccurate statements and inflammatory rhetoric against Israel, a strong ally of the U.S., warranted the censure.
Vote Breakdown and Criticisms of Tlaib
Twenty-two Democrats voted in favor of censuring Tlaib, while four Republicans voted against the resolution. Tlaib's rhetoric has been criticized by both Democrats and Republicans in Congress for not being sufficiently critical of Hamas' actions on October 7. She has also faced criticism for her appearances at rallies hosted by anti-Israel groups, such as Jewish Voices for Peace, in Washington, D.C.
Previous Censure Attempts and Defense from Colleagues
McCormick's resolution is the second privileged resolution offered to censure Tlaib. The first, introduced by Republican Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene of Georgia, was tabled by the House on November 1. Despite widespread condemnation of Tlaib's comments, several prominent Democratic colleagues defended her on the House floor on Tuesday.
Previous Censures and Tlaib's Response
So far, only one other member of the 118th Congress, Democratic Rep. Adam Schiff of California, has been censured. Tlaib's office did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
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