Today, Congressman Kevin Brady (R-TX) released the following statement after signing the discharge petition on H.R. 336, the Strengthening America’s Security in the Middle East Act of 2019:
“The BDS movement wages economic war against our friend and ally Israel, as well as all people of Jewish faith. The recent anti-Semitic and anti-Israel rhetoric coming from some of my Democratic colleagues is not just hateful – it’s inexcusable. We will not stand by while elected officials refuse to denounce these hateful acts.
“That’s why I signed the discharge petition to force a vote on anti-BDS legislation on the House floor. As members of Congress, we have a duty to stand against this type of hate, and fight for what is right.”
Brady is the leading Republican of the influential House Ways and Means Committee.
Representative Brian Mast (R-FL) filed a discharge petition on the House floor on H.R. 336, the Strengthening America’s Security in the Middle East Act of 2019. H.R. 336 fights the anti-Israel BDS movement by:
- Including the Combatting BDS Act of 2019, which will allow states and local governments to divest from entities that boycott Israel.
- Providing important protection for states and local governments that are acting to defend Israel, and stop BDS.
- Providing crucial assistance for Israel and Jordan and sanctioning those who enable Assad’s war crimes.
- Authorizing the $33b in military assistance pursuant to the 10-year US-Israel Memorandum of Understanding, enhancing security cooperation, and ensuring they maintain a military qualitative edge to defend itself from the daily threats and regimes that seek to destroy Israel.