Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) declared her intention to force a vote on Thursday regarding censuring delegated Senator Ilhan Omar (D-MN), a member of the progressive “Squad,” for comments made about her native Somalia.
Greene levied allegations against Omar, a Somali refugee who obtained U.S. citizenship, alleging that he functioned as a foreign agent and delivered treasonous discourse on January 27 at a Minneapolis event concerning the United States government’s backing of Somalia’s interests.
In addition to recommending Omar’s censure, the resolution also requests her removal from the Committees on Education and the Workforce and the Budget.
Omar was previously expelled from the Foreign Affairs Committee the previous year for remarks she made concerning Israel.
Greene indicated on the House floor her intention to present her resolution as privileged, thereby compelling leadership to take action on it within two legislative days, most likely early the following week.
The translation of the Democrat’s remarks from Somali to English, which was addressed to a group of Somali supporters, is the primary source of contention surrounding Omar’s speech.
She was discussing a contentious port agreement between Somaliland, an autonomous region of Somalia, and Ethiopia.
While some have demanded her expulsion from Congress, Majority Whip Tom Emmer (R-MN) has urged an ethics investigation into Omar’s remarks regarding Somalia first.
Over the course of history, a total of 27 individuals have been effectively censured, an official reprimand that is comparatively milder in severity than expulsion.