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House Blocks Censure of Tlaib on Charge of Antisemitism

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A solid bloc of Republicans joined Democrats in refusing to back a move to formally rebuke Representative Rashida Tlaib of Michigan, a far-left Democrat, for her harsh criticism of Israel.

The House on Wednesday turned aside a Republican effort to formally reprimand Representative Rashida Tlaib, Democrat of Michigan, for her participation in a recent pro-Palestinian protest in which she accused Israel of genocide, as a solid bloc of Republicans joined Democrats to reject the move.

The vote was 222 to 186 to table, or kill, a censure resolution against Ms. Tlaib, the only Palestinian American member of Congress, offered by Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene, Republican of Georgia. The measure accused Ms. Tlaib of “antisemitic activity” and referred to the Oct. 8 protest as an “insurrection.”

Twenty-three Republicans broke with their party in voting to kill it.

It was the first in a series of back-to-back disciplinary actions scheduled for action on Wednesday by the House, which is resuming legislative business this week after nearly a month of paralysis and Republican infighting. The measures amounted to a round of partisan blame-laying and institutional strife and featured dueling accusations of antisemitism.

Following the vote on censuring Ms. Tlaib, the House had planned to turn to an effort to formally rebuke Ms. Greene for “racist rhetoric and conspiracy theories,” citing her past antisemitic statements, anti-L.G.B.T.Q.+ remarks and her praise and support for those charged in connection with the Jan. 6, 2021, attack on the Capitol. But that measure was dropped abruptly after the censure of Ms. Tlaib failed.

Though some Democrats have both publicly and privately expressed discomfort with some of Ms. Tlaib’s comments, all of them supported the effort to kill the censure. Some cited the language in Ms. Greene’s resolution that referred to the Oct. 8 protest as an “insurrection” — a term that also alienated some Republicans.

Many Democrats argued the measure amounted to a racist broadside against Ms. Tlaib.

“They want to censure her because she’s brown,” Representative Maxwell Alejandro Frost, Democrat of Florida, said on his way to the vote.

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