US Rep. Ilhan Omar's Capitol Hill office receives package with 'suspicious substance'

The office of U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., received a package with a “suspicious substance” on Tuesday, but law enforcement confirmed the substance is not hazardous.

Omar tweeted that her office received the package and a threat reading, in part, “The Patriarchy will rise again.'" 

"Everyone on our team is okay. We reported the package to Capitol Police and they determined it to be safe," the Democratic lawmaker added.  

Omar later tweeted that "They can send the threatening emails, phone calls and packages to distract us but nothing will ever slow us down as we serve the people of #MN5," referencing her Minnesota congressional district. 

Today our office received a package with a suspicious substance and a threat reading “The Patriarchy will rise again. Merry f***ing Christmas.”

Everyone on our team is okay. We reported the package to Capitol Police and they determined it to be safe.

— Rep. Ilhan Omar (@Ilhan) October 26, 2021

Three committee hearings, three votes, interviews, rallies, meetings and our day isn’t even halfway done. They can send the threatening emails, phone calls and packages to distract us but nothing will ever slow us down as we serve the people of #MN5. I survived war, I got this 💪🏽 https://t.co/w012BnKApJ

— Ilhan Omar (@IlhanMN) October 26, 2021

U.S. Capitol Police confirmed to USA TODAY that the area around Omar’s office on Capitol Hill was “briefly restricted” while officers investigated the substance.  

“An on-site test of the substance was negative for anything hazardous,” Capitol Police said in a statement. USA TODAY has reached out for additional information on the incident. 

This is not the first time in recent years a lawmaker has received suspicious substances. A package was sent to the Kentucky home of U.S. Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., earlier this year containing a non-toxic substance.  

Last year, Capitol Police closed off a hallway outside the office of Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif, as officers investigated a suspicious substance, according to multiple reports.  

Capitol Police in May said there has been a 107% increase in threats against members of Congress in 2021 compared to 2020. Officials at the time said they were “confident” that the threats would continue to increase.  

Contributing: Associated Press  

This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Minnesota: Ilhan Omar's office gets package with suspicious substance

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