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The House Republicans moved an amendment opposing antisemitism through the U.S. House of Representatives on Wednesday, using an unusual parliamentary maneuver from the minority that rarely succeeds. It passed 424-0.
The “motion to recommit” is rarely successful. Typically, it is a last-ditch effort by the minority party to make an amendment to another bill. In this case, Republicans offered an amendment to a House resolution against the U.S. supporting Saudi Arabia’s war in Yemen.
Amendment - Security - Interest - United - States
The amendment declares that “[I]t is in the national security interest of the United States to combat anti-Semitism around the world.” Democrats, embarrassed by ongoing criticism of the antisemitic rhetoric of several members, including first-term Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN), felt no choice but to agree.
Rare thing happening in the House right now: Looks like Dems are going to approve GOP motion to recommit, normally a last gasp procedural move by minority to alter a bill, either by amending it or sending it back to cmte.
MTR - Stand - Anti-Semitism - Accordingto - GOP
This MTR is “a stand against anti-Semitism” accordingto GOP.
The full text of the amendment adds that “all attempts to delegitimize and deny Israel’s right to exist must be denounced and rejected,” which contrasts directly with the views of first-term Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-MI).
Amendment - Boycotts - Israel - Security - Interest
Moreover, the amendment opposes boycotts of Israel: “It is in the national security interest of the United States to oppose restrictive trade practices or boycotts fostered or...
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