Vote Over Muslim Nominated by Biden Stalled by GOP Boycott

Joseph Hammond of Religion News Service reports, “The Republican members of the Senate’s Small Business Committee have failed to attend confirmation hearings for Dilawar Syed, the Biden administration’s pick to be the deputy administrator of the Small Business Administration.” Congressional Republicans have criticized Syed, a Muslim American, for his involvement in a Muslim organization that has been critical of Israel in the past. Many religious groups, however, maintain that the actions of the GOP members amount to “anti-Muslim animus.” If confirmed, Syed would be the highest-ranking Muslim in the Biden administration.

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