GOP demands Pelosi take action on pro-Israel bill

May 15, 2019 GMT

Congress’s top Republicans are demanding that House Democrats do something dramatic to confront anti-Semitism and suggested a good start would be to pass a bill countering the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy penned an op-ed for The Washington Post late Tuesday accusing House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of picking the wrong side in the BDS battle.

They pointed to legislation that’s already cleared the Senate on a strong bipartisan vote that gives localities permission to refuse to do business with individuals and organizations that ascribe to the boycott movement.


House Democratic leaders have refused to take action on the legislation.

“A bipartisan group of members of Congress committed to confronting anti-Semitism has brought forward legislation that would ensure that the federal government doesn’t hinder these local determinations by making it clear they don’t infringe on the federal government’s authority over foreign policy,” the GOP leaders wrote. “Clarity is needed because BDS supporters are using this argument to fight the anti-boycott laws in court.”

House Republicans on Wednesday are launching a petition drive to try to circumvent Mrs. Pelosi and force the bill to the floor.

If they can get 21 Democrats to join all Republicans, they will succeed.