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Kustoff Joins House Republicans to File Discharge Petition on Anti-BDS Package

May 15, 2019
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC—Today, Congressman David Kustoff (TN-08) joined Leader Kevin McCarthy, Whip Steve Scalise, Conference Chair Liz Cheney, Foreign Affairs Committee Ranking Member Michael McCaul, and Representatives Brian Mast and Lee Zeldin to announce filing of a discharge petition on H.R. 336, the Strengthening America’s Security in the Middle East Act of 2019.

“Israel is our greatest friend and ally in the Middle East and the United States will always stand shoulder to shoulder with her. Movements like the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions campaign should be condemned on a bipartisan basis. This movement isolates and shames Israel. I hope my colleagues on both sides of the aisle can stand with me in combatting this hatred and vote to bring H.R. 336 to the floor for a full House vote,” said Rep. Kustoff.

Background on discharge process:

·         On April 20, 2019, Rep. Kustoff and Rep. Zeldin introduced a rule providing for floor consideration of H.R. 336, the anti-BDS bill.

·         During the first vote series today, Rep. Mast will file a discharge petition and Whip Scalise will begin the process of corralling signatures on the Kustoff/Zeldin rule.

·         Upon receiving 218 signatures, H.R. 336 will receive floor consideration.  


Background on H.R. 336, the Strengthening America’s Security in the Middle East Act of 2019:

H.R. 336 is a four-part legislative package to protect U.S. national interests in the Middle East. It is the House companion to S. 1, which recently passed the Senate by a vote of 77-23 and contains the following four bills:

·         The Ileana Ros-Lehtinen United States-Israel Security Assistance Act of 2019 to authorize security assistance to Israel for 10 years

·         The U.S.-Jordan Defense Cooperation Extension Act to extend Jordan’s eligibility to receive special treatment for transfer of U.S. defense articles and services.

·         The Caesar Syria Civilian Protection Act of 2019 (passed the House by voice vote in January 2019) to provide the Administration with new tools to sanction those who provide significant financial, material, or technological support to the Assad regime’s war against the Syrian people.

·         The Combating BDS Act of 2019 to allow state and local governments to adopt laws to divest public funds from entities that boycott Israel.