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Rubio: Speaker Pelosi Allowing Radical, Anti-Semitic Minority to Dictate House Floor Agenda

Jul 23, 2019 | Press Releases

Washington, D.C. — U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) today released a statement calling on Speaker Nancy Pelosi to take real actions to oppose the anti-Israel Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement and its discriminatory conduct. For the third time this year, the U.S. House of Representatives voted on a symbolic resolution opposing the BDS movement, but Pelosi refuses to move substantive legislation that would actually support Israel, the United States’ most important ally in the Middle East and the region’s sole democracy.
“For months, Speaker Pelosi has refused to bring my bipartisan bill to combat the BDS movement’s discriminatory conduct and strengthen America’s security in the Middle East to the House floor,” Rubio said. “Out of fear of retaliation from the far left wing of her conference, it’s clear that Speaker Pelosi has allowed the radical, anti-Semitic minority in the Democratic Party to dictate the House floor agenda.
“The BDS movement seeks to eliminate any Jewish state between the Jordan River and the Mediterranean Sea, and Congress should condemn it,” Rubio continued. “Words alone are not enough. It is time for action.”
In January, Rubio introduced the Strengthening America’s Security in the Middle East Act (S.1), bipartisan legislation that bolsters American and allied security in the Middle East and includes Rubio’s Combating BDS Act. The bill passed the Senate in an overwhelming bipartisan supermajority vote of 77 to 23 on February 5, 2019. On May 15, 2019, House Republicans introduced a discharge petition on the companion bill, which currently has 196 signers.