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Hartzler to Democrat Leadership: Allow a Vote on Legislation to Combat Anti-Semitism

May 16, 2019
Press Release
Discharge petition would bypass Democrats efforts to block pro-Israel bill

WASHINGTON, D.C. – In an effort to bypass House Democrats’ refusal to bring to the floor legislation to address anti-Semitism, Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler (MO-04) joined her Republican colleagues in signing a discharge petition designed to bypass efforts to block H.R. 336, the Strengthening America’s Security in the Middle East Act. A discharge petition, which paves the way for consideration of a bill on the House floor, requires the support of 218 members.

 

“The disturbing rise of anti-Semitism around the world and even here in the halls of our own Congress is deeply concerning and seems to be manifesting itself in the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement designed to economically cripple the nation of Israel,” said Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler. “It is time that Democrat leadership join Republicans in pushing back against this ant-Semitism and the blatant effort to harm Israel. The bigoted BDS movement pressures individuals and companies to refuse to invest in or do business with Israeli companies, taking direct aim at the economy of Israel, our closest ally in the Middle East. This movement is blatantly anti-Semitic, and although there is bi-partisan legislation to address this, Democrat leadership refuses to bring it up for a vote,” added Hartzler.

 

Specifically, H.R. 336, the Strengthening America’s Security in the Middle East Act, would fight against the anti-Israeli BDS movement by allowing states and local governments the authority and flexibility to divest from these entities that boycott Israel. Over two dozen state and local governments are working to ensure that companies they do business with will not use the taxpayer money they receive to publicly boycott the state of Israel or Israeli firms. Similar anti-BDS legislation passed the Senate with 77 votes back in September.

 

“This bill, H.R. 336, combats the anti-Jewish bigotry of the BDS movement, has bi-partisan support in the House and already passed the Senate, yet Speaker Pelosi refuses to bring it up for a vote,” said Hartzler. “It is time that we, as a unified voice, address the anti-Semitism that has become pervasive both here in Congress and across the world. It is time for this legislation to be brought to the House floor,” added Hartzler.

 

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