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PoliticsPelosi: Remark about Dem freshmen was 'statement of fact'

00:30  09 july  2019
00:30  09 july  2019 Source:   msn.com

Omar: 'We never need to ask for permission or wait for an invitation to lead'

Omar: 'We never need to ask for permission or wait for an invitation to lead' Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) sought to energize progressive activists on Saturday, telling a crowd that lawmakers shouldn't "ask for permission or wait for an invitation to lead." 

The mea culpa by Ms. Omar, a freshman lawmaker from Minnesota and one of the first two Muslim women elected to Congress, came after a day of bipartisan outrage over her tweet Sunday night asserting that support for Israel was “all about the Benjamins baby,” a reference to hundred-dollar bills.

The remark drew bipartisan criticism and a rebuke from House Speaker Nancy Pelosi . That sparked Pelosi ’s first public rebuke of a freshman lawmaker who had helped flip the House from Republican And though he did not name Omar, he left little doubt that his statement was a response to her tweets.

Pelosi: Remark about Dem freshmen was 'statement of fact' © Provided by The Associated Press House Speaker Nancy Pelosi speaks during a news conference at the Federal Building in San Francisco on Monday, July 8, 2019. She and other elected leaders and advocates, called for the Senate to pass the Securing America's Elections (SAFE) Act, a bill to protect elections from future foreign interference. House Speaker Pelosi said President Donald Trump wants to add a citizenship question to next year's Census because he wants to "make America white again." (AP Photo/Samantha Maldonado)

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi says the remark she recently made about Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and three other freshman Democrats was a "statement of fact."

Pelosi stands by comments about members who opposed House border aid bill

Pelosi stands by comments about members who opposed House border aid bill House Speaker Nancy Pelosi stood by her controversial comments about four progressive Democrats who voted against a House bill to address the humanitarian crisis at the border but faced pushback from some on the far-left for not being strong enough. In a news conference on Monday, Pelosi argued the four congresswomen -- Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York, Rashida Tlaib of Michigan, Ilhan Omar of Minnesota and Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts -- opposed a bill that was designed "to protect children," though she did not mention the members by name. "All I said was a statement of fact, the four of them opposed the bill.

The statement issued by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and the rest of the Democratic leadership team followed the latest in a string of controversial comments from the freshman lawmaker -- as well as pressure from Republican Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich., for allegedly anti-Semitic remarks made earlier.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has met with the freshmen Democrats several times, encouraging them to stay united and vote with the rest of the caucus. | Freshmen Democrats in swing districts say they have no plan to stop voting with the GOP when they feel the need.

Pelosi told The New York Times the four freshmen who voted against a border funding bill last month don't have a following. She was talking about Reps. Ocasio-Cortez, Ilhan Omar, Rashida Tlaib and Ayanna Pressley. All four voted against the bill because it did not include stronger protections for migrant children in shelters.

Pelosi now says the four freshmen have a public following, but she was talking about their roles in Congress.

She says, "Overwhelmingly, our caucus voted to protect the children."

She says the four freshmen "did not, and they did not have a further following."

Pelosi defends handling of 4 House women as Democrats fume about Ocasio-Cortez’s top aide.
Nancy Pelosi refused to respond directly to Rep. Ocasio-Cortez’s accusation that she is singling out “newly elected women of color.” Ocasio-Cortez is of Puerto Rican descent, Pressley is African American, Omar is an African immigrant and Tlaib is Palestinian American. Said Pelosi Thursday in response, “We respect the value of every member of our caucus. The diversity of it all is a wonderful thing. Diversity is our strength. Unity is our power. And we have a big fight, and we’re in the arena and that’s all I’m going to say on the subject.

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