Tlaib blasts Foreign Affairs Committee's anti-BDS bill as 'unconstitutional'

Tlaib blasts Foreign Affairs Committee's anti-BDS bill as 'unconstitutional'
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Rep. Rashida TlaibRashida Harbi TlaibSanders wins endorsement of top Muslim group Don't let 'welfare for all' advocates derail administration's food stamp program reforms Omar endorses progressive Georgia Democrat running for House seat MORE (D-Mich.) took aim at a bill in the House Foreign Affairs Committee condemning the anti-Israel boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement, calling it "unconstitutional."

The measure, H.R. 246, aims “to silence opposition of Israel's blatantly racist policies that demonize both Palestinians & Ethiopians,” Tlaib, who is Palestinian and one of the first two Muslim women elected to Congress, tweeted Wednesday afternoon.

“Our 1st Amd. right to free speech allows boycott of inhumane policies. This bill is unconstitutional,” she added. 

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The bill has 336 co-sponsors, including House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold NadlerJerrold (Jerry) Lewis NadlerTrump adviser presses House investigators to make Bezos testify Nadler demands answers from Barr on 'new channel' for receiving Ukraine info from Giuliani Trump predicts Ocasio-Cortez will launch primary bid against Schumer MORE (D-N.Y.), House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Richard NealRichard Edmund NealWyden, Mnuchin clash over Trump tax returns, Hunter Biden probe Overnight Health Care: House panel advances legislation on surprise medical bills | Planned Parenthood, ACLU sue over Trump abortion coverage rule | CDC identifies 13th US patient with coronavirus White House warns of raising health costs in debate over surprise medical bills MORE (D-Mass.) and House Oversight and Reform Committee Chairman Elijah CummingsElijah Eugene CummingsTop Democrats demand answers on DHS plans to deploy elite agents to sanctuary cities House to vote next week on bill to create women's history museum The Hill's Morning Report - Icy moments between Trump, Pelosi mark national address MORE (D-Md.). It was co-written by Reps. Brad SchneiderBradley (Brad) Scott SchneiderHarris, Castro introduce resolution condemning Trump aide Stephen Miller Palestinians face shrinking options with Trump peace plan Illinois lawmaker latest to endorse Biden for president MORE (D-Ill.) and Lee ZeldinLee ZeldinTrump allies blast Romney over impeachment vote: 'A sore loser' Overnight Health Care — Presented by Partnership for America's Health Care Future — Democrats seek to preempt Trump message on health care | E-cigarette executives set for grilling | Dems urge emergency funding for coronavirus Democrats slam GOP on drug prices in bilingual digital ads MORE (R-N.Y.), the latter of whom is the only Jewish Republican in the House.

Tlaib has expressed support for the BDS movement before and has also criticized a Senate anti-BDS bill sponsored by Sens. Marco RubioMarco Antonio RubioCheese, wine importers reeling from Trump trade fight Peace Corps' sudden decision to leave China stirs blowback Lawmakers raise concerns over Russia's growing influence in Venezuela MORE (R-Fla.) and Jim RischJames (Jim) Elroy RischGOP lawmaker makes unannounced trip to northeastern Syria Lawmakers wary as US on cusp of initial deal with Taliban Senators condemn UN 'blacklisting' of US companies in Israeli settlements MORE (R-Idaho), calling boycotting “a right & part of our historical fight for freedom & equality” in January and saying the bill’s sponsors “forgot what country they represent.”

Rubio responded by accusing Tlaib of anti-Semitism and claiming that “boycotting companies that boycott Israel is also constitutionally protected.”