U.S. Rep. Steil: Signs onto bill forcing vote on legislation supporting Israel

Contact: Sally Fox, Sally.Fox@mail.house.gov 

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Today, Bryan Steil signed onto a discharge petition to bring H.R. 336, the Strengthening America’s Security in the Middle East Act of 2019, to a vote on the House floor. Steil is a cosponsor of H.R. 336.

“Anti-Semitism around the world must be rejected. Israel and the Jewish people continue to face threats from Iran, Syria, and Russia. Ensuring Israel has the resources to defend itself and uphold our shared values is critical. The Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions movement represents a direct economic and political threat to one of America’s most important allies.  Speaker Pelosi should bring this bill to a vote to support Israel,”said Steil.

Background on the discharge petition and H.R. 336:

A discharge petition requires 218 signatures to receive a vote on the House floor. H.R. 336 is made up of four bills:

The Ileana Ros-Lehtinen United States-Israel Security Assistance Act of 2019—legislation that authorizes security assistance to Israel.

The U.S.-Jordan Defense Cooperation Extension Act—legislation that extends U.S. defense cooperation with Jordan.

The Caesar Syria Civilian Protection Act of 2019—legislation that establishes additional sanctions related to the conflict in Syria, specifically those who support the Assad regime’s war against Syrian people.

The Combating BDS Act of 2019—legislation that allows states to divest from entities boycotting Israel.

The Senate overwhelming passed legislation against the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement.

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