Congress Asserts Strong Anti-BDS Leadership with New Trade Provision

AIPAC Press Release
Congress Asserts Strong Anti-BDS Leadership with New Trade Provision

 February 11, 2016

AIPAC commends Congress for adopting an important provision in the Trade Facilitation and Enforcement Act, also known as the Customs bill, to combat harmful anti-Israel trade and commercial practices.  

The provision puts the U.S. firmly on record opposing BDS (boycott, divestment and sanctions) and supporting enhanced commercial ties between the United States and Israel. It further establishes new requirements for administration reporting on an array of global BDS activities, including the participation of foreign companies in political boycotts of Israel. The provision also provides important legal protections for American companies operating in Israel.

This measure builds on the important work of Congress this past June, passing into law firm anti-BDS negotiating objectives for American trade negotiators in their pursuit of U.S.-EU free trade.

AIPAC appreciates the leadership of Rep. Peter Roskam (R-IL) and Rep. Juan Vargas (D-CA), who originally introduced the anti-BDS provision, along with the leadership of the House Ways & Means and Senate Finance Committees, specifically Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI), Rep. Kevin Brady (R-TX), Rep. Sander Levin (D-MI), Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT) and Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR).