Source: The Washington Post
By Felicia Sonmez and Anjuman Ali Yesterday at 11:30 p.m. EST
The House on Tuesday voted for legislation to monitor and combat Islamophobia globally, after a rancorous debate in which a Republican falsely accused the measure’s co-sponsor, Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.), of being “affiliated with” terrorist organizations.
The party-line vote was 219 to 212.
Muslim civil rights groups argued that the attacks on Omar underscored the need for the legislation she introduced with Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-Ill.), the Combating International Islamophobia Act, in October.
The measure calls for the State Department to establish an office headed by a special envoy to be appointed by the president. The office would record instances of Islamophobia, including violence against and harassment of Muslims and vandalism of their mosques, schools and cemeteries worldwide, in reports created by the State Department.
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