Washington, D.C. – CPC Co-Chairs Rep. Mark Pocan (WI-02) and Rep. Pramila Jayapal (WA-07) released the following statement on H. Res 183, passed by the U.S. House of Representatives today:
“House Democrats stand against bigotry in all forms, including anti-Semitism, Islamophobia, and all forms of racism and xenophobia. Today’s historic and comprehensive resolution made our Democratic values abundantly clear at this critical time.
“Hate is on the rise in America, fueled by a presidential administration that traffics in fearmongering, prejudice and discrimination. As the Southern Poverty Law Center has reported, the number of hate groups in the United States has risen 30 percent over the last four years alone. Rather than combat this rising tide of hate, President Trump has defended Neo-Nazis as ‘very fine people’ and attacked people of color, immigrants and marginalized communities.
“Now, more than ever, we need diverse voices at the table. Time after time, Congressional Republicans have singled out women of color for attack – even putting their physical safety in jeopardy – while turning a blind eye to the racism, xenophobia, anti-Semitism, islamophobia, sexism and bigotry within their own ranks. While we support respectful and open debate, we forcefully reject Republicans’ bad-faith efforts to intimidate and diminish our members’ voices.
“It is extremely troubling that 23 Republicans could not even bring themselves to vote yes on a resolution condemning hate of multiple kinds. Republicans are unfortunately showing their true colors with these no votes on a resolution that should be easy to support.
“Democrats are ready to continue to focus on the serious challenges that lie ahead – like addressing the rising cost of health care, combatting climate change, and raising wages for working families across the nation.”