After voting against the sweeping resolution that stemmed from continued controversial comments on Israel from Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.), Zeldin slammed the legislation in a radio interview on Sunday morning due to the fact that it failed to specifically address Omar's remarks, which were deemed anti-semitic by many.
It was the Democratic leader's latest attempt to quell tension that erupted earlier this month when Omar said she wanted to start a discussion about "allegiance to a foreign country" in reference to Israel. The no votes were all Republicans who objected to Rep Nancy Pelosi throwing everything, including the kitchen sink, into the resolution.
There was some frustration among House GOP leadership, however, over the vote, multiple aides told CNN, with Cheney's decision to split from McCarthy and minority Whip Steve Scalise of Louisiana, who both voted for the resolution. The final resolution made no mention of Omar and instead focused generally on all hate speech.
On Thursday, the House of Representatives voted on a resolution denouncing hatred.
Rep. Will Hurd, R-Texas, said that while he backed the resolution, he understood why some members of his party chose not to.
Democrats argued with one another last Wednesday over the resolution's language. "So others came to a different conclusion based off of the means of assembling this resolution". "If that member was a Republican, that member's name would be in this resolution and this resolution would be all about condemning anti-Semitism and would be done so forcefully".
But, Engel added, "I wish we had had a separate resolution about anti-Semitism". "I think we deserve it. I think it was wrong not to have it".
"I don't think that the congresswoman perhaps appreciated the full weight of how it was heard by other people, although I don't believe it was intended in an anti-Semitic way", she explained.
"We know what happens when people remain silent, every single one of us at all times must stand against it", she said. The congresswoman then accused American supporters of Israel of pushing people to have "allegiance to a foreign country". The remark drew condemnation from several influential House Democrats.
Not only was Omar's name left out of the resolution but so was a series of Israel-bashing slanders that were uttered at the event. Rashida Tlaib of MI and Andre Carson of IN praising the measure's passage.
"Today is historic on many fronts".
Former US president Barack Obama during a campaign rally at Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia, November 2, 2018.
Now, they're on record as opposing a seven-page resolution that didn't do much more than declare that anti-Semitism, anti-Muslim discrimination and other forms of plain bigotry "are contrary to the values of aspirations of the United States".