July 24, 2019
From Congressman Tom Reed:
Today, Members of the Problem Solvers Caucus praised the passage of the Caucus-endorsed H. Res. 246, a bipartisan resolution opposing the Global Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) Movement targeting Israel.
The Caucus’ endorsement, spearheaded by Congressmen Brad Schneider (IL-10) and Steve Watkins (KS-02), united Democratic and Republican Caucus members behind the effort to denounce the boycott of Israel, and support a two-state solution, providing this bipartisan resolution with more momentum for today’s vote on the House Floor.
The BDS movement attempts to use economic tools to pressure Israel by boycotting Israeli goods and services and punishing individuals and companies who do business with the Jewish state. The anti-BDS resolution, which had 346 cosponsors when it was brought to the floor today, passed the House with significantly more cosponsors than nearly any other bill currently being considered in Congress.
“There are few clearer examples of bias and double standards than BDS movement. But BDS is also fundamentally incompatible with a two-state solution. It seeks to punish only Israel and it rejects direct negotiations in favor of a unilateral strategy. That is why it is so important that Congress is on record opposing BDS and other harmful efforts to single out and delegitimize Israel.”said Congressman Josh Gottheimer, Co-Chair of the Problem Solvers Caucus.
“Israel is an unwavering ally of the United States and one of our most important strategic partners around the globe. I am proud of our Problem Solvers Caucus members who have to stood up to ensure Jewish people are treated fairly and spoken out to show we care about this great nation,” said Congressman and other Co-Chair of the Caucus, Tom Reed.