The US House of Representatives voted on Tuesday to approve a Democratic proposal for a US State Department workplace to deal with anti-Muslim bias, after a Republican congresswoman used an Islamophobic slur towards a Democratic colleague.
The House backed the invoice in a party-line vote of 219-212.
The invoice, authored by Representative Ilhan Omar, would create a particular envoy for monitoring and combating Islamophobia and embrace state-sponsored anti-Muslim violence within the division’s annual human rights studies.
“We are in the midst of a staggering rise of anti-Muslim violence and discrimination around the world,” Omar mentioned on the House ground. “Islamophobia is global in scope and we must lead the global effort to address it.”
The House vote comes a couple of weeks after video emerged displaying first-term Republican lawmaker Lauren Boebert calling Omar, a Muslim second-term congresswoman who was born in Somalia, a member of a “jihad squad”.
That remark led to calls by Democrats for a vote to strip Boebert of her committee assignments, in addition to criticism by fellow Republican Representative Nancy Mace.
Republicans have decried the invoice, calling it rushed and partisan.
Debate on the invoice stalled for about an hour after Republican congressman Scott Perry accused Omar of being anti-Semitic and affiliated with terrorist organisations. The House chair dominated Perry’s phrases on the House ground impugned Omar’s status and had been inappropriate.
Aides for Senate Democratic chief Chuck Schumer didn’t reply to requests for remark concerning the invoice. Its destiny in that chamber is unclear.