S1 bill now goes to the House, “where the Democratic majority will break it up into its components, and its leadership is likely to bury the anti-BDS section”

JTA
Senate passes anti-BDS measure with notable Democrats in dissent
February 5, 2019

The U.S. Senate approved in a 77-23 vote a bill that codifies $38 billion in defense assistance to Israel and which provides legal cover to states that target the boycott Israel movement. The bill, sponsored by Sens. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., and Joe Manchin, D-W. Va., had stirred controversy because a number of Democratic senators said that while they oppose the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement targeting Israel, they were also concerned that state laws aimed at BDS impinged on speech freedoms. Among the Democratic dissenters were declared presidential candidates like Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, Kirsten Gillibrand of New York, Cory Booker of New Jersey and Kamala Harris of California. READ MORE

See how the vote went. 23 nays, 22 of them Democrats.

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