Kevin McCarthy: ‘Sad Day’ When Democrats Vote ‘Against Israel and in Support of the BDS Movement’

Le·gal In·sur·rec·tion | 4/5/2019 | Mary Chastain
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House Republicans attempted to add pro-Israel and anti-BDS language into an unrelated resolution on Thursday.

The resolution “aimed to end U.S. participation in Yemen’s civil war,” which has caused a humanitarian crisis, “where Iran-backed Houthi rebels have sought to overthrow the country’s government, prompting a Saudi bombing campaign that has lasted nearly four years.”

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It passed 247 to 175, but the pro-Israel amendment failed to make it in with a vote of 228-194.

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy expressed his disappointment.


McCarthy said:

“The Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement aims to deny Jewish people the right to self-determination in their ancestral homeland and it seeks to destabilize the Jewish state by encouraging a targeted economic war against Israel,” House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy said in a statement to The Daily Caller. “The BDS movement is not interested in coexistence – it seeks further conflict and is unwilling to make concessions.”

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Five Democrats voted for the amendment: Reps. Anthony Brindisi (D., N.Y.), Joe Cunningham (D., S.C.), Josh Gottheimer (D., N.J.), Elaine Luria (D., Va.), and Jeff Van Drew (D., N.J.).

Reps. Justin Amash (MI) and Thomas Massie (R-KY) also voted no. But Amash voted no on the entire resolution. He explained why on Twitter.

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Some of the Democrats came forward to explain why they voted no. From The Washington Free Beacon:

In contrast, some Democrats claimed the vote against the motion to recommit stands independently of their support for Israel. In a statement Thursday, Rep. Brad Schneider (D., Ill.) claimed the timing of the BDS language was inappropriate. “It was not easy for me to vote against a measure condemning BDS,” Schneider wrote. “[B]ut at this time, in these circumstances we have an immediate responsibility to help the people of Yemen.

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The bill is House Resolution 37 “Directing the removal of United States Armed Forces from hostilities in the Republic...
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