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Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal challenges Alaskan Rep. Don Young’s comments

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Washington Democratic Senator Pramila Jayapal challenges Alaska Republican Senator Don Young's House Floor comments
Washington Democratic Senator Pramila Jayapal challenges Alaska Republican Senator Don Young's House Floor comments

Washington Democratic Senator Pramila Jayapal challenges Alaska Republican Senator Don Young’s House Floor comments

WASHINGTON (Diya TV) — Washington Democratic Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal challenged from Alaska’s Congressman Don Young after Young made personal attacks toward Jayapal during a House floor debate.

“You know I rarely do this but I am deeply disappointed in my good lady from Washington doesn’t know a damn thing what she is talking about,” Young said. “I know your side doesn’t believe in the State’s rights …What you said while ago was really nonsense. It was written by an interest group, not yourself. Maybe your staff is affiliated with the Humane Society or some other group.”

“I am really disturbed. You may not know me, young lady. But I am deeply disturbed,” Young said.

Jayapal interrupted Young, “In his last words, the gentlemen has already impugned my motives by saying that I don’t ‘know a damn thing’ about what I am talking about.” Young claimed he didn’t say damn.  “He’s now called me ‘young lady.’ Mr. Chairman, I ask that he takes down his words,” concluded Jayapal.

The chairman intervened and suspended debate. The presiding officer asked Young to take back his words and apologize to Jayapal.

“To the lady, I do apologize. I get very defensive about my state,” Young said. “I recognize it was out of order, so I hope you accept my apology.”

“I do accept your apology,” Jayapal responded. “I thank you for it. We have obviously some work to get to know each other, but I can tell you that I care about my state as deeply as you do, and I look forward to getting to know you.”

She is the first Indian-American woman to serve in the U.S. House of Representatives, the first woman to represent the 7th District in Congress, and the first Asian-American to represent Washington in Congress.

Jayapal currently serves as the First Vice Chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, and serves on both the Judiciary and Budget committees.

The 52-year-old Jayapal  was born in India and serves a large region of Washington, including much of Seattle.

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Puneet Talwar named US Ambassador to Morocco

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WASHINGTON D.C. (Diya TV) – The US State Department announced that diplomat Puneet Talwar is its new ambassador to Morocco. President Biden proposed Talwar as the new nominee last March. The new ambassador to Morocco has a rich portfolio in diplomacy. The diplomat is currently a senior adviser to the State Department.

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Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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Sukhpal Singh arrested in Tusli Mandir hate crime case

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NEW YORK (Diya TV) – New York police arrested a man for allegedly sledgehammering a statue of Gandhi outside a Queens Hindu Shri Tusli Mandir. Twenty seven year old Sukhpal Singh is charged with criminal mischief and a hate crime for allegedly destroying the statue and defacing it with spray paint outside Tulsi Mandir in Richmond Hill last month. 

India and France agreed to set up an Indo-Pacific partnership to roll out development projects, expand strategic cooperation, and work closer to deal with pressing global challenges such as a food crisis triggered by the Ukraine invasion. 

More than a million customers in Puerto Rico are waiting for electricity to come back on after Hurricane Fiona hammers the region. The Dominican Republic is under a hurricane warning as well. 

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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