Walorski Calls for Vote to Combat Anti-Israel BDS Movement

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Walorski Calls for Vote to Combat Anti-Israel BDS Movement

Signs Discharge Petition to Bring Legislation to Stand with Israel and Protect U.S. National Interests in the Middle East

WASHINGTON – U.S. Rep. Jackie Walorski (R-Ind.) last week signed a discharge petition to bring legislation to the House floor that would combat the anti-Israel Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions, or BDS, movement. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has refused to allow a vote on the Strengthening America’s Security in the Middle East Act of 2019 (H.R. 336).

“BDS is a form of economic warfare aimed at marginalizing the world’s only Jewish state,” Congresswoman Walorski said. “This radical agenda rejects Israel’s right to self-defense and seeks to destroy its economy. Republicans and Democrats must send a strong signal against anti-Semitism and the anti-Israel BDS movement. We need to vote on H.R. 336, the Strengthening America’s Security in the Middle East Act.”

BACKGROUND

Walorski is a cosponsor of H.R. 336, which would strengthen the security of the U.S. and our allies in the Middle East and support state and local governments that choose not to contract with companies that discriminate against Israel. It is the House companion to S. 1, which recently passed the Senate by a bipartisan vote of 77 to 23, and includes the following bills:

  • The Ileana Ros-Lehtinen United States-Israel Security Assistance Act of 2019, which would authorize security assistance to Israel for 10 years;
  • The U.S.-Jordan Defense Cooperation Extension Act, which would extend Jordan’s eligibility to receive special treatment for transfer of U.S. defense articles and services;
  • The Caesar Syria Civilian Protection Act of 2019, which passed the House by voice vote in January 2019 and would provide the administration with new tools to sanction those who provide significant financial, material, or technological support to the Assad regime’s war against the Syrian people; and
  • The Combating BDS Act of 2019, which would allow state and local governments to adopt laws to divest public funds from entities that boycott Israel.

A discharge petition is a procedural tool to bring legislation to the floor when House leaders are blocking a vote. If a simple majority – 218 members of the House – sign the discharge petition, the legislation goes to the House floor for a debate and vote.

Video of Congresswoman Walorski speaking on the House floor is available here.

Walorski represents the 2nd Congressional District of Indiana, serving as a member of the House Ways and Means Committee.

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