Press Release

Jewish Dems Condemn Kevin McCarthy’s Removal of Democratic Members from their Committees

February 2, 2023

WASHINGTONToday, House Republicans voted to remove Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) from the House Committee on Foreign Affairs. Republicans recently removed Reps. Adam Schiff (D-CA) and Eric Swalwell (D-CA) from the Select Committee on Intelligence on baseless grounds, yet restored committee assignments for Reps. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) and Paul Gosar (R-AZ). 

Responding to the vote, Halie Soifer, CEO of the Jewish Democratic Council of America (JDCA) released the following statement:

“Jewish Dems condemn violence, antisemitism, and extremism wherever they exist. There is no equivalence between the two parties on this issue – Democrats have sought to combat extremism, while the GOP has normalized bigotry and provided a political home for extremists. The three Democrats removed from committees in the past week have never advocated for attacking our democracy or murdering their colleagues, unlike some Republicans currently serving on House committees. 

“Today’s vote once again proves that Republicans have no respect for good governance or democratic norms. As we have said before, Jewish Dems oppose the GOP removal of these three Democrats from their committee assignments. We’ve disagreed with Rep. Omar on Israel, condemned her use of antisemitic tropes, and welcomed her apology. Today, we stand with House Democrats in strongly opposing this unjust act of political retribution. We also stand with Muslim Americans calling out this Republican attack for being rooted in bigotry and Islamophobia.”


For more information on JDCA’s work combatting Republican extremism or to connect with CEO Halie Soifer, please reach out to [email protected].