House Passes Anti-Hate Speech Resolution

After two days of debate and squabbling among Democrats, the House easily passed a broad resolution condemning bigotry and hate speech. The final vote Thursday was 407-23. The resolution was originally intended to specifically condemn anti-Semitism, after several members of both parties condemned remarks by freshman Minnesota Democrat Congresswoman Ilhan Omar. Omar, who is Muslim, accused pro-Israel advocates of pushing "allegiance to a foreign country. She also said elected officials who support Israel are only doing so because of big-money donations from pro-Israel lobbying groups.

The original resolution caused an uproar among several Democrats in the House, who defended Omar and threatened revolt against House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and other party leaders. Ultimately, the resolution condemned various forms of "hate speech" and "bigotry" without mentioning Omar.

Woodlands Congressman Kevin Brady discussed the controversy with KTRH's Jimmy Barrett shortly before the vote Thursday afternoon. Brady called the entire episode an embarrassment to Democrats. "It looks like the anti-Semitic, anti-Israel wing of the Democratic Party is not just emerging, it's winning," said Brady.

Brady also told Barrett that this resolution doesn't go far enough. "They will not remove (Omar) from the Foreign Affairs Committee," he said. "So the main committee in the House dealing with Israel and security has that type of member on it. It's just unbelievable."

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