Headline RoundupNovember 2nd, 2023

US House Votes Not to Censure Rashida Tlaib Over Israel Comments

Summary from the AllSides News Team

On Wednesday, the U.S. House defeated a resolution to censure Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) for her criticisms of Israel.

Key Details: The resolution was tabled by all House Democrats and nearly two dozen Republicans in a final vote of 222 to 186. The moderate and conservative Republicans who voted to protect Tlaib cited First Amendment reasons for their decision. Some also argued that the effort led by Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) was misguided in accusing Tlaib of "leading an insurrection."

Key Quote: “Rep. Rashida Tlaib has repeatedly made outrageous remarks toward Israel and the Jewish people. Her conduct is unbecoming of a member of Congress and certainly worthy of condemnation – if not censure,” Rep. Chip Roy (R-TX) wrote on X. “However, tonight’s feckless resolution to censure Tlaib was deeply flawed and made legally and factually unverified claims, including the claim of leading an ‘insurrection.’”

For Context: Tlaib, the only Palestinian American in Congress, released a statement on Oct. 8 grieving "the Palestinian and Israeli lives lost yesterday, today, and every day." Democrat and Republican lawmakers who are pro-Israel have privately and publicly criticized Tlaib's comments.

How the Media Covered it: Sources across the political spectrum noted that Greene's accusations of Tlaib's leading an insurrection outside the Capitol were seen as inaccurate and played a role in the voting down of the resolution.

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