Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) today issued the following statement regarding the Florida Legislature’s passage of SB-86, a law that bans the state of Florida from doing business with any company that boycotts Israel, sponsored by Senator Joe Negron, and Representatives Ritch Workman, Jared Moskowitz and Kevin Rader:
“I would like to commend the Florida Legislature for passing this law to ensure that Florida’s tax dollars do not contribute to the anti-Israel, anti-Semitic and bigoted Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) Movement. This movement significantly threatens peace in the Middle East and directly harms the economies of Florida and the United States.
“It is more important than ever that we stand united with our close ally, Israel, and oppose the discriminatory labeling guidelines recently issued by the European Commission on both the state and federal levels. Recently, Senator Wyden and I introduced a Senate bill opposing the new European Union labeling guidelines and sent a message to the world that America will not be silent in the face of this form of anti-Semitism.
“I encourage other states to take up this issue and help bring this kind of moral clarity to Washington, D.C.”