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WASHINGTON —Today, Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), Ilhan Omar (D-MN), Ayanna Pressley (D-MA), and Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) issued a statement in response to the 2019 government funding package issued this morning:
“In this country, our diversity is our greatest strength. Immigrants fuel our nation’s economy, enrich our nation’s culture, and enhance our social fabric. Quite simply, we are a better nation because of our immigrants.
WASHINGTON–Rep. Ilhan Omar (DFL-MN), along with over thirty members of the House Democratic Caucus, introduced the Federal Worker Childcare Protection Act of 2019 today—which ensures that federal employees affected by the shutdown are eligible for reimbursement of their childcare expenses. The bill authorizes appropriations to the General Services Administration for the creation of a fund to which federals workers can submit official documentation of their expenses and apply for repayment of fees.
WASHINGTON—Rep. Ilhan Omar (DFL-MN) will sit on the House Foreign Affairs Committee in the 116th Congress, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced Wednesday night. This comes two days after Rep. Omar was named to the Education & Labor Committee.
The Foreign Affairs Committee oversees all foreign assistance, national security affecting the country’s foreign policy, treaties, peacekeeping and war powers.
WASHINGTON—Rep. Ilhan Omar was sworn in today as the Representative from Minnesota's 5th Congressional District, making her the first Somali-American Member of Congress, the first woman of color to represent Minnesota, and one of the first two Muslim-American women elected to Congress.
At her ceremonial swearing in, Rep. Omar used a Quran that belonged to her grandfather. As a teenager, Ilhan acted as her grandfather's translator at local caucuses in Minneapolis and he is the one who first sparked Rep. Omar's interest in politics.