Michigan House Democrats successfully avoided condemning Hamas Thursday by using procedural maneuvers and quickly adjourning session.

State Rep. Bill G. Schuette (R) proposed a resolution to stand with Israel and oppose Hamas’s weekend attack on the country.

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Schuette collected 53 co-sponsors — nearly a majority — but that wasn’t enough to force a vote.

When he tried to discharge the resolution from committee and force a roll call vote, the pro-Hamas Speaker Pro Tempore gaveled it down, claiming it wasn’t supported.

When a voice vote was held, state Rep. Laurie Pohutsky, the Speaker Pro Tempore, determined it failed and over Schuette’s objections, pro-Hamas Majority Floor Leader Abraham Aiyash rushed to adjourn, stymieing the resolution.


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House Res. 146, which had bipartisan support, sought to “condemn the abhorrent violence perpetrated by Hamas in October 2023, call for the release of all hostages held by Hamas, and support Israel’s right to self-defense.”

Aiyash said legislators would return Tuesday.