Two members of the socialist ‘Squad’ in the House of Representatives voted against a measure that called for Hamas members to be barred from the United States. The move came even as the resolution had overwhelming bipartisan support.
Reps. Cori Bush (D-MO) and Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) were the only two members of the House to vote against the bill barring members of Hamas from entering the United States.
The House overwhelmingly passed the “No Immigration Benefits for Hamas Terrorists Act,” with the two socialist members being the only two to vote no.
The two "nay" votes were squad members Cori Bush (currently under federal investigation) and Rashida Tlaib. https://t.co/zZTEc12Q45
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The bill barred anyone who “participated in, planned, financed, afforded material support to or otherwise facilitated” the Oct. 7 Hamas attack. These individuals would “be ineligible for any relief under the immigration laws.”
Rep. Delia Ramirez (D-IL) voted present.
Tlaib said that the measure was “unnecessary because it is redundant with already existing federal law.” She further called it “another GOP messaging bill being used to incite anti-Arab, anti-Palestinian and anti-Muslim hatred that makes communities like ours unsafe.”
Ramirez said that she was “done with political games.”
Members of Congress also called for the suspension of U.S. funds to United Nations agencies over allegations that members of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East aided the Oct. 7, 2023 Hamas terrorist attack that killed more than 1,200 Israelis.
Bush has come under increasing pressure in recent weeks over at least $60,000 in payments to her husband to provide personal security. The Department of Justice (DOJ) is currently probing whether or not Bush used taxpayer funds to illegally pay her husband.
Bush allegedly paid the money to Cortney Merritts despite her personal support of the ‘Defund the Police’ movement. Bush denied the allegations, saying that she has “endured relentless threats to my physical safety and like.”
She also denied using “any federal tax dollars for personal security services.” Bush argued that any such allegations were “false.”