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Statement from Congressman Edwards NC11: Why He Voted Not To Censure Tlaib

Updated: Nov 3, 2023

Teague, Ashley <>12:25 PM (9 minutes ago) to me

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date:Nov 2, 2023, 12:25 PM Hi Jane, Here is the statement from Congressman Edwards on the Tlaib vote. “As much as I detest and am disgusted by Rep. Tlaib’s statements and find her conduct to be unworthy of a seat in The People’s House, there are two reasons I voted against her censure: It wrongfully creates a new definition for insurrection, which was already twisted after the Jan. 6, 2021 events at the Capitol, and which could be used against those who protested that day. It goes against the First Amendment right to freedom of speech, which is guaranteed by the Constitution for all Americans – those on the right and on the left. If we go down this road with Tlaib now, the next time, it could be Republicans’ free speech rights that are violated. I wholeheartedly condemn her and others’ racist and anti-Semitic rhetoric. While it would have been politically expedient to censure her, our First Amendment does not allow us to prevent speech with which we disagree. I made the decision to stand with our First Amendment.” This is also a list of recent legislation the Congressman has cosponsored on Israel and related topics. Please let me know if I can provide further clarification. Best, Ashley H. Res. 771 - Standing with Israel as it defends itself against the barbaric war launched by Hamas and other terrorists. H.R.6126 - Israel Security Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2024 H.Res.798 - Condemning the support of Hamas, Hezbollah, and other terrorist organizations at institutions of higher education, which may lead to the creation of a hostile environment for Jewish students, faculty, and staff. H.R.1777 - United States-Israel Future of Warfare Act of 2023 - requires the Department of Defense to establish the United States-Israel Future of Warfare Research and Development Fund to conduct collaborative defense projects between the United States and Israel in areas of emerging technologies H.Res.768 - Standing with Israel as it defends itself against the barbaric war launched by Hamas and other terrorists H.R.5932 - To authorize additional assistance to Israel using assets confiscated from the Iran, and for other purposes H.Res.793 - Calling on Hamas to immediately release hostages taken during October 2023 attack on Israel H.Res.803 - Honoring the American and Israeli civilians murdered and unaccounted for in the brutal attacks by Hamas terrorists H.Res.739 - Disapproving of the waiver of sanctions on Iran submitted to Congress on September 11, 2023 – ie disapproves of Biden revising Iran sanctions H.R.3774 - SHIP Act – imposes sanctions on foreign ports that process oil from Iran and violate US sanctions H.R.3152 - Fight CRIME Act – This bill imposes sanctions pertaining to Iran's missile program. H.R.2973 - MARITIME Act of 2023 - Build on the Abraham Accords by requiring the Department of Defense to develop, in cooperation with allies and partners in the Middle East, an integrated security architecture to counter maritime threats posed by Iran, violent extremist organizations, piracy activities, and criminal networks H.Res.100 - Expressing support for the Iranian people's desire for a democratic, secular, and nonnuclear Republic of Iran, and condemning violations of human rights and state-sponsored terrorism by the Iranian Government


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