House Moves Forward with Resolution to Censure Rep. Rashida Tlaib
On Tuesday, the House of Representatives voted not to table a resolution to censure Democratic Rep. Rashida Tlaib of Michigan. Tlaib has been under scrutiny for her pro-Gaza advocacy and criticism of Israel, which some have labeled as antisemitic. Her remarks following the terrorist attacks by Hamas on October 7 have drawn particular criticism.
Details of the Vote
The House voted 213 to 208, with one member voting present, not to table the resolution. This decision allows the resolution to proceed to a final vote on Wednesday. The resolution accuses Tlaib of defending the violent actions of Hamas, including brutal rapes, murders, beheadings, and kidnappings, as justified resistance against an "apartheid state" within 24 hours of the October 7 attack on Jewish citizens of Israel.
The Resolution's Content
The resolution, introduced by Republican Rep. Rich McCormick of Georgia, also cites Tlaib's use of the phrase "from the river to the sea" as grounds for censure. This phrase is often interpreted as a call for the end of the state of Israel, whose territory spans from the Jordan River to the Mediterranean Sea.
Republican Support and Opposition
Six Republicans voted to table the resolution. McCormick took to Twitter to express his support for the resolution, criticizing Tlaib's inflammatory rhetoric and inaccurate statements about Israel. This resolution is one of two that have been proposed to censure Tlaib. The other, introduced by Republican Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene of Georgia, was tabled by the House on November 1.
In response to the censure effort, Tlaib stated on Twitter that it was a shame her colleagues were more focused on silencing her than on saving lives. She also called for a ceasefire between Israel and Hamas, a position that has been rejected by both Democrats and Republicans, including President Joe Biden.
Future of the Resolution
A vote on McCormick's resolution to censure Tlaib is likely to receive Republican support. However, it will need the backing of all but three Republican representatives to pass, assuming full attendance at Wednesday's vote. So far, in the 118th Congress, only one member, Democratic Rep. Adam Schiff of California, has been censured.
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