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September 24, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) today introduced the Affordable Housing Opportunities Made Equitable (HOME) Act, comprehensive legislation to tackle the affordable housing crisis that is threatening families in Minnesota and throughout America. Companion legislation was introduced by Sen.

September 23, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON—Today, Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) issued the following statement after voting against the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA): 

September 21, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON—Today, Rep. Omar (D-MN) led a letter calling on the Biden Administration to end the continued  implementation of visa sanctions enacted under President Trump. These sanctions have resulted in increased removals of refugees and asylum seekers from Africa and Southeast Asia.  

September 20, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON–Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) introduced six amendments to the FY 2022 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). The first amendment blocks the sale of F35s and other weapons to the UAE, a global human rights abuser.

September 10, 2021 Press Release

MINNEAPOLIS – The House Committee on Education and Labor today passed its portion of the Build Back Better Act, which invests $761 billion to lower the cost of child care and education, help Americans secure good-paying jobs, and increase support for our nation’s children.

August 27, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Today, Representatives Barbara Lee (CA-13) and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (NY-14) led a group of 66 members of Congress, including Representative Ilhan Omar (MN-05), in calling on the Biden Administration to increase the U.S.

August 26, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON—Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) wrote a letter to President Biden today urging for the use of his executive authority to pardon Daniel Hale. In July, Daniel Hale was sentenced to 45 months for leaking information on the United States government’s covert drone warfare program that provided important context in the public debate on surveillance and government misconduct.

August 23, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON — U.S. Representative Pramila Jayapal (WA-07), U.S. Senator Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.), and U.S. Representative Ilhan Omar (MN-05) led a bicameral group of lawmakers today in urging the Biden administration to immediately suspend the Clean Water Act 404 permit for the Line 3 pipeline. Their letter — written to U.S.

August 16, 2021 Press Release

MINNEAPOLIS—Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) released the following statement on the situation in Afghanistan.


In The News

September 27, 2021 In The News

When President Joe Biden announced in the spring his plans for "once-in-a-generation investments in our nation's future," he said that "it is not enough to restore

August 27, 2021 In The News

As I heard the news out of Afghanistan—the families scrambling to get on American planes, or the thousands of requests for assistance pouring into my office—I was taken instantly back to my childhood. I remembered sitting in a refugee camp in Kenya when I was about 10 years old and overhearing my father and grandfather discuss how we were going to get out.

January 21, 2021 In The News

As I sat in my Capitol Hill office two weeks ago, watching a violent mob storm the symbol and seat of our democracy, I was reminded of my distant past. As a child, I saw my birth country of Somalia descend from relative stability into civil war, overnight. The spaces where people felt most secure—their homes and workplaces—suddenly became battlegrounds, torn by gunfights and bombings.

November 20, 2020 In The News

This month, we begin the transition away from a Trump era and toward a new presidency based on peace and cooperation. There is no area where this renewed vision is needed more than foreign policy.

October 23, 2020 In The News

When I first came to this country as a refugee at the age of 12, I was horrified by the number of people I saw experiencing homelessness on the streets of New York City. I remember turning to my father one day as we drove through the city and saying, “This is not the America you told us about.” “Hush child,” my father replied.

July 16, 2020 In The News

This past week, I met with community members and state lawmakers to push for more change in the wake of George Floyd’s killing in Minneapolis. Floyd was killed in my Minnesota district — and his death was the catalyst for conversations around police brutality and structural racism that have begun to transform the nation.

June 10, 2020 In The News

Rep. Ilhan Omar has spent much of the last two weeks in Minneapolis, in her district, where a little more than two weeks ago, a police officer killed George Floyd as three other officers stood by and assisted.

March 20, 2020 In The News

We are facing a challenge unlike any our country has ever faced. The coronavirus shock could claim thousands of Minnesota jobs, not to mention those directly affected by the illness and the health care workers putting their lives on the line to attend to their needs. It is deferring dreams, robbing Americans of their savings, and putting at risk millions of families’ ability to make ends meet.