Update: Tuesday, January 15
On January 3, the Senate’s first bill of the new Congress – S.1 – was introduced by Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL), and it encourages states to punish people for boycotting for Palestinian rights. To date, the Senate has voted three times on a procedural motion against considering the bill.
But the Senate may vote AGAIN on the bill this week, so please keep calling your Senators to oppose it.
Sen. Rubio’s new bill incorporates language from the Combating BDS Act, his unconstitutional bill which we defeated in the last Congress.
The Combating BDS Act calls upon states to enact laws that curtail our constitutional freedoms, by denying government contracts to people who boycott for Palestinian rights. In response to lawsuits filed by the ACLU, these types of laws have already been declared unconstitutional by judges in Kansas and Arizona, and there are four more lawsuits currently challenging similar laws in Texas, Arkansas, and Maryland.
The Combating BDS Act punishes individuals who boycott for Palestinian rights by encouraging states to deny them government contracts.