RUBIO DEFENDS ANTI-BDS BILL OVER CRITICISMS FROM SANDERS, TLAIB

The Daily Caller | 2/20/2013 | Staff
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Flordia Republican Sen. Marco Rubio defended a bill that would hurt the Boycott, Divest and Sanction (BDS) movement on Monday after receiving criticisms from Vermont Democratic Sen. Bernie Sanders and Michigan Democratic Rep. Rashida Tlaib.

The official BDS website describes the movement as one trying to uphold “the simple principle that Palestinians are entitled to the same rights as the rest of humanity,” but others view it as an anti-Semitic movement.

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Sens. Marco Rubio and James Risch introduced the bill, S.B. 1, last week, which consolidated four different bills into one. It would provide Israel with $38 billion from the U.S. in defense spending, reauthorize cooperation with Jordan and reimpose sanctions on Syria. The bill would also allow state and local governments to boycott companies that boycott the country of Israel, according to the Jerusalem Post.

Sen. Sanders was critical of the fact that the first bill in the Senate is not related to sending the ongoing partial government shutdown. He also condemned the bill because it “punishes Americans who exercise their constitutional right to engage in political activity.”

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This is a lie.

My bill doesn’t punish any political activity. It protects the right of local & state govts that decide to no longer do business with those who boycott #Israel.

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Rubio was quick to respond to Sanders’ comments about punishing people who want to express their right to protest.

The Florida senator tweeted, “My bill doesn’t punish any political activity. It protects the right of local [and] state govts [sic] that decide to no...
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