Brady Stands Against Anti-Semitism

Yesterday I 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.

Background: Yesterday, 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 2019H.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.
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