House Fast Track Bill Targets Economic Attacks Against Israel

AIPAC Press Release
House Fast Track Bill Targets Economic Attacks Against Israel

April 24, 2015

For the second time this week, a key congressional committee yesterday targeted harmful anti-Israel trade and commercial practices.  

AIPAC commends the House Ways and Means Committee for including an anti-BDS (boycott, divestment and sanction) provision in the “Fast Track” Trade Promotion Authority bill yesterday. This action follows the inclusion of an identical provision in the Senate’s version of the bill, which garnered unanimous support in the Senate Finance Committee on Wednesday. AIPAC applauds the important steps that Congress has taken this week to defend Israel against pernicious economic efforts by foreign governments that unfairly single out and boycott our ally.

Utilizing well-established congressional tools, the House provision directs that one of the principal American objectives in upcoming trade negotiations will be to discourage trading partners from taking actions that would limit U.S.-Israel commerce. The amendment also urges the U.S. Trade Representative to seek to eliminate politically-motivated economic attacks on Israel by America's free trade partners.

In considering another measure, the customs enforcement bill, the Committee included additional important provisions to further combat BDS activities. The Committee established new requirements for administration reporting and disclosure by foreign companies of their participation in political boycotts of Israel.

AIPAC appreciates the initiative of Reps. Peter Roskam (R-IL) and Juan Vargas (D-CA), who introduced the anti-BDS provision in the bill, H.R. 825, as well as the support of Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-WI).