Palazzo Signs Discharge Petition to Force Vote on Anti-BDS Legislation
Washington, May 21, 2019
Washington, DC - Congressman Steven Palazzo (MS-4) released the following statement after signing a discharge petition to force a vote on H.R. 336, the Strengthening America's Security in the Middle East Act of 2019. A discharge petition forces a full vote on the legislation once it receives 218 signatures.
"I totally reject rising forms of anti-Semitism on every level, especially those coming from our own members of Congress. I join many of my colleagues in standing strong with our Israeli partners and fully condemn the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement that exists to delegitimize and sabotage Israel. It is imperative that we continue supporting our like-minded Middle Eastern allies in Israel. While I am not surprised by Speaker Pelosi's inaction, I am disappointed in her inability to fully rebuke anti-Semitism due to the most extreme individuals currently controlling her party."
The Senate passed this legislation in February of 2019 by a vote of 77-23. The legislation now requires passage in the House to be signed into law by President Trump.
H.R. 336 is a package of bills merged together that protect American interests in the Middle East and would provide security assistance from the United States to Israel for the coming years. The legislation also allows states to adopt laws to divest public funds from entities that boycott Israel.
The Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions campaign is actively working to end global support for Israel.
As of May 21, Palazzo is one of 193 members of Congress that signed the discharge petition.