Bill Opposing Boycotts of Israel by Omar and Others Passed House by a 20-1 Margin After Pro-Israel Dems Threatened to Support an Even Stronger Senate Bill

Omar, one of two Muslim-Americans elected to the House last fall, earlier was criticized by Gottheimer and other House Democrats for questioning the loyalty of American Jews and suggesting that lawmakers were paid off to support the Jewish state.

House Democratic leaders initially were reticent about allowing a vote on this latest resolution, fearing that a large number of defections would play into the Republican effort to woo Jewish voters. In the 2018 midterms, Jewish voters supported Democratic candidates by 79 percent to 17 percent, according to network exit polls reported by CNN.

Gottheimer and several other House Democrats helped force a vote by indicating that they otherwise might support a separate Republican-led pro-Israel measure that passed the Senate earlier this year.