SCHEDULED: S 1, the Strengthening America’s Security in the Middle East Act, is coming up for a vote on the Senate floor. Initially bipartisan, an addition to the bill would let state and local govts bar contractors from boycotting Israel.


Opposition to S 1 centers on . 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."

"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 implications of S 1.

The Senate will likely pass a non-binding amendment, expressing opposition to the President's decision to withdraw from the war in Syria:

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 (boycott–divest–sanction).

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