Representative Nita Lowey

Representing the 17th District of New York

Lowey Statement on Comments of Congresswoman Ilhan Omar

February 11, 2019
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Congresswoman Nita Lowey (D-NY17/Rockland-Westchester), House Appropriations Committee Chairwoman, issued the following statement on comments made by Congresswoman Ilhan Omar:

“There is no defense for invoking anti-Semitic tropes. This kind of language is hurtful, damaging, and unacceptable. Lawmakers must debate policy differences without prejudice or bigotry.

“Anti-Semitic tropes are painful for Jewish communities around the world, and such mischaracterizations of our support for Israel are deeply offensive. Our shared values, mutual respect, and enduring commitment to each nation’s security are the basis for the enduring U.S.-Israel relationship. And I hope that as we in Congress debate our differences, we do so in a way that reflects our own shared values and mutual respect.”