Speaker Kevin McCarthy’s attempt to strip Representative Ilhan Omar from the House Foreign Affairs Committee (HFAC) is petty, punitive, and wildly partisan.
Rep. Omar is a progressive champion in Congress. She brings unparalleled lived experience to the committee as a Somali-born refugee, and she is the first ever African-born member to sit on the House Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, and Global Human Rights in the history of the United States.
A skilled legislator, she has introduced the Pathway to PEACE, a package of several pieces of legislation to re-center human rights and justice in U.S. foreign policy. This includes the Stop Arming Human Rights Abusers Act, which bans security assistance to countries that violate international human rights law, and the Global Migration Agreement Act, which instructs the State Department to pursue the adoption of a binding global pledge to address migration causes and fund crisis responses.
That vote could happen as soon as this week, and that’s where you come in – if all Democrats and just a few Republicans vote down this anti-democratic move, we can keep a key progressive champion on a committee vital to our work.
Sign now to help support Rep. Omar’s HFAC seat!