Ayanna Pressley and AOC introduce resolution to strip Lauren Boebert from her committee duties
Lauren Boebert now faces losing her committee duties for making Islamaphobic comments to fellow Representative Ilhan Omar.
A group of three dozen progressive lawmakers in the House, led by Massachusetts representative Ayanna Pressley, introduced legislation Wednesday to strip Boebert from her mandates. They hope the move will force Democratic leadership to punish Boebert before the end of the year.
Currently, Boebert is a member of the Natural Resources and Budget Committee.
Boebert was under increasing pressure after a video clip of an event in September in which the Colorado Republican committed a suicide bombing attack on Omar, a Muslim woman who wears a hijab.
It is dangerous for a congressman to repeatedly use hateful, anti-Islamic rhetoric and Islamophobic tropes against a Muslim colleague. It has no place in our society and it affects the honor of the institution in which we serve,” Pressley said in a statement on the legislation.
House Democrats on Wednesday released a resolution to strip Republican Representative Lauren Boebert (pictured) from her committee duties after anti-Muslim comments targeting Representative Ilhan Omar
The resolution was tabled by Representative Ayanna Pressley (left) and is co-sponsored by three dozen Democrats — including fellow squad member Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (right)
“Without meaningful accountability for that member’s actions, we risk normalizing this behavior and endangering the lives of our Muslim colleagues, Muslim staffers, and every Muslim who calls America home. Parliament must unequivocally condemn this incendiary rhetoric and adopt this resolution immediately. How we react to moments like these will have lasting effects, and history will remind us of it,” Pressley added.
Omar told CNN on Sunday that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has promised “decisive action” against Boebert soon, saying she is confident it will happen.
“I’ve had an interview with the speaker and I’m confident she will take decisive action next week,” the Minnesota progressive legislature said.
“When I first went to Congress, I was afraid I wouldn’t be sworn in because there was a ban on the hijab,” Omar added. “She promised me she’d take care of it. She has kept that promise.’
Representative Ilhan Omar (pictured) said on Sunday she is confident that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi will soon take “decisive action” against Boebert
“She promised me one more time that she’ll take care of this. And I believe her.’
There are three dozen Democratic lawmakers who, along with Pressley, are sponsoring the bill, including New York Representatives Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Jamaal Bowman; Rashida Tlaib of Michigan; Cori Bush from Missouri; Pramila Jayapal from Washington; Andre Carson of Indiana; and Sheila Jackson Lee from Texas.
However, it is unclear whether Pelosi will be persuaded to take action once the resolution is enacted, as the leadership is under no obligation to immediately consider it on the floor.
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy has defended Boebert and made it clear that the Republican Conference will not take action to punish or convict the Colorado legislature.
In this fall’s video of Boebert’s comments, she said, “One of my staffers got into an elevator with me on his first day at the Capitol. And in that elevator we were joined by Ilhan Omar.’
“Well, there were three of us there and I looked around and said, ‘Well, look there, it’s the Jihad squad,'” she told the audience, smiling as the audience burst out laughing and applauding.
“I have to say she doesn’t have a backpack, she didn’t drop it and ran, so she’s fine,” she continued.
In the same excerpt, Boebert called Omar and Tlaib, who is also Muslim, ‘evil’ and black-hearted.’
“Let me be very clear,” McCarthy said at a news conference Friday. This festival is for all those who crave freedom and support religious freedom. Lauren Boebert, as I called her, when it came out that we were speaking, she apologized publicly, she apologized personally.”
On CNN Sunday, Omar called out McCarthy for refusing to condemn Boebert’s comments.
“McCarthy is a liar and a coward,” Omar said of the Republican in Calfironia. “He doesn’t have the capacity to condemn the kind of bigot, Islamaphobia and anti-Muslim rhetoric being traded by any member of his conference.”
“Why can’t he?” CNN State of the Union host Jake Tapper asked her.
“Because this is who they are,” she replied.
“And we have to be able to stand up to them, and we have to get them to take into account that their party is normalizing anti-Islamic bigotry right now.”