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House GOP Looks to Censure Rep. Pramila Jayapal Over Anti-Israel Remarks

Pramila Jayapal, chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, is now reportedly under fire from House Republicans over remarks she made last week in which she referred to Israel as a “racist state.”

It’s the most recent criticism of D.C. Representative Pramila Jayapal, who later apologized and even supported a Republican-sponsored motion declaring that Israel is not an apartheid or racist state.

It took place soon before the president of the nation, Herzog, spoke before a joint session of Congress.

Representatives Andy Ogles, R-Tenn., Randy Weber, R-Texas, and Jeff Duncan, R-S.C., submitted the censure resolution on Thursday.

It’s unclear at this time if House leaders plan to put it up for a vote. A request for comment from the office of Speaker Kevin McCarthy was not promptly fulfilled.

But if the GOP’s reaction to this week’s surge of progressive-led anti-Israel sentiment is any indicator, Republicans are probably ready to capitalize on the subject as it continues to show differences within the Democratic Party.

Her original remarks drew a rare censure from House Democratic leaders and received a letter signed by 43 of Jayapal’s colleagues who deemed the remarks “unacceptable.”

It also resulted in a House resolution endorsing Israel, which nine progressive Democrats opposed.

It would be the second occasion recently that the majority of House Republicans used their authority to formally censure members of the chamber.

Rep. Adam Schiff, a Democrat from California, received a reprimand late last month for advancing unverified allegations that Trump’s 2016 campaign conspired with Russia to win the president.

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