What’s Somali for Chutzpah? Ilhan Omar Brags ‘We Got This Done!’ on Passage of Bill with Somali Debt Relief–A Bill Omar Voted Against!
Last week as the Democrat led House raced to impeach President Trump and pass funding bills to avoid a shutdown of the government, refugee from Somalia Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) audaciously tried to pull one over on the Somali-American community by voting against a bill that contained modest debt relief for Somalia, but then bragged to the Somalia community on the bill’s passage saying online, “We got this done today!”
The bill, HR 1158, titled DHS Cyber Hunt and Incident Response Teams Act, passed on December 17 by a vote of 280 to 138 with one of the nays being by Omar. Powerline reported the bill grants relief of $35 million of about $1.1 billion Somalia owes the U.S.
Omar issued a press release on her no vote for Somali debt relief.
Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) issued the following statement after voting no on H.R. 1865, the National Law Enforcement Museum Commemorative Coin Act and H.R. 1158, DHS Cyber Hunt and Incident Response Teams Act.
“Today, the House passed two bills that fail to hold this president accountable for his human rights abuses—both foreign and domestic. Rather than using our mandate for reform, the national security bill passed today maintains the status quo in foreign policy, giving the president a blank check to continue unwinnable wars, allows him to fund his racist border wall, andincreases funding for human rights abuses under ICE. This is simply unconscionable. It will have devastating impacts on our undocumented communities and further destabilize our foreign policy. The second package maintains the global gag rule and the Hyde amendment, creates a backdoor way to eliminate aid and starve the Palestinian people, recognizes support for Juan Guaidó as President of Venezuela and includes $1.3 billion in military funding for Egyptian dictator Abdel Fattah el-Sisi.
“The bills are not without positive provisions. I was proud to see three of my amendments included in the final package—including an amendment to combat corruption and impunity in the Northern Triangle, another to increase funding for HUD’s office of manufactured housing, and an amendment to stop Trump’s abuse of a clean energy loan program. As I said earlier, securing debt relief for Somalia is a major milestone for me, for the country and for U.S. engagement. I’m also heartened to see the bill includes increased funding for child care grants and community health centers—both of which will benefit the fifth district.
“But we cannot be satisfied with making progress if we are falling short on our core duty as elected officials.”
Yet here was Omar that same day boasting online, “We got this done today! Inshallah Somalia is now set up to move towards progress and prosperity.”
We got this done today! Inshallah Somalia is now set up to move towards progress and prosperity. https://t.co/h3KIBtrIct
— Ilhan Omar (@IlhanMN) December 17, 2019
Omar also issued a press release that took credit for the Somali debt relief without mentioning she voted against it.
Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) issued the following statement on securing debt relief for Somalia in H.R. 1158 – the DHS Cyber Hunt and Incident Response Teams Act.
“I am thrilled we were able to secure debt relief for Somalia today. Somalia continues to hold crushing amounts of debt—which holds back the economy and keeps millions of Somalis in poverty. This doesn’t just have an impact on Somalis in Somalia, but on the thousands of Somali- Americans who live in my district and have family in the region.
“This debt relief package is a major milestone that validates the incredible progress that Somalia has made in the past several years. This should not be seen as the end, but the beginning of renewed diplomatic engagement with the country. There is still more that must be done when it comes to strengthening democracy, respect for human rights, and the relationship between Villa Somalia, regional governments and the people. The U.S. can play a major role in all of this.
“Debt relief is a step in the right direction, and I look forward to continuing to work for the free, peaceful, democratic Somalia we all want to see.”
Dr. Zuhdi Jasser posted this observation of dissent in Omar’s core constituency, “Word has it Somali-American communities have had it with @IlhanMN and her antics. This latest was a tipping point.. Omar voted against HR 1865 and then also tried to claim credit for its passage and associated aid to Somalia…Life comes at you fast knee deep in #Taqqiya!”