Thank you again to all of you who have reached out to my office expressing your support and concern for our safety. Whether you were at the Capitol or watching on television, the events from Wednesday were deeply disturbing. Stress reactions are normal and even expected following exposure to a traumatic event. If you are feeling anxious or distressed — know you are not alone. In Minnesota, the Department of Health has free resources available to all Minnesotans. You can call 1–888–626–4435 for support or text “MN” to the crisis line at 741741.

Impeaching Donald Trump, Again

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This week, we held Donald Trump accountable for his open sedition against our country and impeached him. The president not only incited an insurrection against our government, but has in word and deed, led a rebellion. We cannot simply move past this or turn the page. For us to be able to survive as a functioning democracy, there has to be accountability. You can watch my floor speech here. …


Today, I gave remarks on the floor of the House of Representatives on why I will vote to impeach President Trump.

You can view my full remarks below:

“Let us not mince words about what happened last week: it was a violent attempt to interrupt our democratic process.

“It was a targeted blow at the most essential process that makes us a democracy. And it was directly and specifically incited by the President of the United States.

“For years, we have been asked to turn a blind eye to the criminality, corruption, and blatant disregard for the rule of law from this tyrant in the White House. …


Dear friend,

Thank you to those that have been reaching out to see if my team and I are okay from the attempted coup at the Capitol. Thankfully my team and I are all safe. What happened was unmistakable — it was a violent attempt to interrupt our democratic process. This was a targeted blow at the most essential process that makes us a democracy.

Holding this President Accountable Through Impeachment

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Donald Trump remains the single greatest threat to our democracy. This is why I introduced articles of impeachment so that he cannot threaten our democracy and the world any longer or hold public office ever again. Congress should reconvene immediately to carry out this constitutional duty. …


Dear friend,

I hope you all had a safe and healthy Thanksgiving. As you know, COVID-19 cases are still going up in Minnesota. It is up to us to remind our friends and family of how important it is to follow CDC guidelines, as our actions can directly impact the lives of those we love most.

If you or anyone you know has COVID-19 symptoms, you can view in-person testing sites that are offering free COVID-9 tests here in English, Hmong, Somali, and Spanish. Note: Testing is free, and you do not need insurance or identification.

Join My Virtual Town Hall

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Next Saturday, I will be hosting a virtual town hall on December 12 at 3pm CT. I will be answering your questions about what Congress is doing to address the coronavirus pandemic and discussing my legislative priorities for the next Congress. The event will be livestreamed on Facebook.com/RepIlhan. Click here to see more event details. …


Dear friend,

As we get closer to the holiday season it is imperative that we are mindful of COVID-19 guidelines and refrain from gathering in large groups. It is up to us to remind our friends and family of how important it is to follow CDC guidelines, as our actions can directly impact the lives of those we love most.

You can view in-person testing sites that are offering free COVID-9 tests here in English, Hmong, Somali, and Spanish. Note: Testing is free, and you do not need insurance or identification.

Holding Facebook Accountable for Ongoing Violence in Ethiopia & Around the World

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I sent out a letter to Mark Zuckerberg opposing the role Facebook has played in the violence around the world, most recently in Ethiopia. The letter raises serious concerns with the online hate speech that has contributed to the violence against Sri Lankan Muslims and the genocide against Rohingya people in Burma. …


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Rep. Omar at the George Floyd memorial in Minneapolis in June.

Today, I introduced a resolution condemning police violence worldwide. The resolution calls on Congress to stand with peaceful protesters around the world in their calls for justice and accountability for police brutality.

This year, much of our attention has been focused on the problem of police violence. In my home district, we felt this pain acutely with the murder of George Floyd. We have also seen the horrifying images of police armed with military equipment responding to peaceful protests. …


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.

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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. “We will get to that America.” The America I’d dreamed of — the one my father had imagined back in Somalia — not only guaranteed equal protection under the law, but provided everyone the opportunity to live with dignity, to thrive. …


Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) released a mid-year progress report of her tenure in Congress thus far, along with an interactive map of events throughout the district. The achievements highlight the work Rep. Omar and her staff have done on behalf of the 5th District.

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The achievements include:

  • 48 bills and amendments introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives
  • 19 bills and amendments passed in the U.S. House of Representatives
  • 548 bills cosponsored
  • 67,732 constituent letters answered
  • 32 roundtables and town halls
  • Over 1,300 meetings with constituents
  • Over 400 constituent cases worked on
  • $478,000 returned to constituents


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I’m heartbroken to learn the news that there have been numerous deaths at the New Hope Senior Care Center. This virus has robbed the lives of so many in our community. Last year, I had the opportunity to visit this remarkable care facility and hear from caregivers and residents.

This visit meant so much to me.

I visited after Donald Trump tried to eliminate the Deferred Enforced Departure (DED) program, which would have depleted the number of staff members at St. Therese. One-fifth of the organization’s workforce are Liberians who escaped civil war in the early 1990s. They were set to lose their jobs last April. Luckily, the administration was unsuccessful in their pursuit to elimate this vital program. …


These are difficult times. Over 380,000 Minnesotans have filed for unemployment. Many are struggling to afford next month’s rent and put healthy food on the table for their families. My office and I are working diligently to respond to this crisis to match the scale of the problem, while also addressing the individual needs of families across the 5th district.

You can read my first Medium article here about some of the Minnesota families my office has been working with. Read more below about some of the federal policy priorities I’m working on, including cancelling rent and mortgage payments, expanding online grocery delivery to SNAP recipients, and including refugees and asylees in our coronavirus relief packages. …

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Rep. Ilhan Omar

Representing Minnesota’s 5th District in the People’s House.

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