Sens. Cruz, Kaine call for House vote on antisemitism resolution

Against Antisemitism

Gage Skidmore

Senator Tim Kaine speaking with supporters at a campaign rally at the Maryvale Community Center in Phoenix, Arizona.

Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) on Tuesday called for the House of Representatives to take up his bipartisan resolution condemning antisemitism, which passed the Senate unanimously last month.

Mr. Cruz said the resolution, which was co-sponsored by Senator Tim Kaine (D-VA), was introduced as a rebuke of the House’s “anti-hate” resolution which passed in March in the wake of antisemitic comments made by Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN).

“Now that the Senate has passed this resolution, the House of Representatives needs to take it up and vote,” Cruz said to an audience at the Christians United for Israel summit in Washington D.C. “And by the way, [Speaker of the House] Nancy Pelosi [D-CA], can’t say this is some right-wing conspiracy, it is the Cruz-Kaine resolution.”

The Texas Republican further condemned comments by freshman Democrats and Omar allies, Reps. Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), who have each come under fire for misstating or misappropriating the history of the Holocaust. “This freshman trio of Democrats… can’t seem to open their mouths without another antisemitic slur, without another attack on the nation of Israel,” Cruz said.

“Who say charming things like, accusing Israel, saying ‘it’s all about the Benjamins’ . . . impugning that U.S. support for Israel is bought and paid for. And you know that’s a slur that we have seen for decades and centuries and even millennia.”

Sen. Kaine told JI on Tuesday that he is focused on rising antisemitism in the U.S. and hopes the House takes up his resolution, but says that it isn’t completely necessary. 

“I hope that they will. It was a Senate resolution, it wasn’t one that had to go to the House,” he said. “It was our statement, as a Senate, that antisemitism anywhere, but especially in the United States, is on the rise and it’s unacceptable.”

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