Opposition to S 1 centers on #freespeech. The ACLU says the bill's anti-BDS provision "violates the core principle of the First Amendment — that the government cannot dictate to its citizens which causes they can and can’t support." https://www.aclu.org/blog/free-speech/congress-threat-americans-first-amendment-right-boycott
"There’s a desire by Republicans to use Israel as a wedge issue," says a former US Ambassador. No Senate Democrats have publicly supported boycott–divest–sanction, but some worry about the #FirstAmendment implications of S 1. https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2019-01-30/israel-boycott-fight-divides-democrats-on-free-speech-concerns
The Senate will likely pass a non-binding amendment, expressing opposition to the President's decision to withdraw from the war in Syria: https://news.yahoo.com/senate-rebukes-trump-advances-measure-syria-troops-222602015.html
It's being reported as a rebuke to Trump, but it may also be intended to entice Dems to vote in favor of bill S 1.
The Senate has PASSED the Strengthening America's Security in the Middle East Act. It now goes to the House. In addition to several foreign policy measures, S 1 would also allow state and local govts to penalize contractors that support #BDS (boycott–divest–sanction).
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