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WASHINGTON – Alabama's Republican Party is calling for its congressional delegation to have Rep. Ilhan Omar, a freshman lawmaker, prominent progressive and one of the first two Muslim women ever elected to Congress, removed from the House of Representatives.
A resolution calling for the launch of expulsion proceedings got the stamp of approval from the state's Republican party at a retreat over the weekend in Auburn, according to AL.com. The resolution cites a number of comments Omar has made about terrorists and Israel that sparked controversy throughout the last several months, including remarks that were denounced by even some Democrats as playing into anti-Semitic tropes.
"Rep. Omar has engaged in rhetoric that explicitly runs counter to American values and patriotism," the resolution reads. "The Alabama Republican Party urges its elected congressional delegation to proceed with the expulsion process in accordance to Article 1, Section 5 of the U.S. Constitution to expel Rep. Ilhan Omar from the United States House of Representatives."
Any effort to have Omar expelled would have no chance of being taken up in the Democratic-controlled House. To be expelled from Congress, at least two-thirds of the House would have to approve of the measure — a tough feat for Republicans who control 197 seats out of all 435.
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