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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 TlaibProgressives push for direct payments to be included in COVID-19 relief deal Biden Cabinet picks largely unify Democrats — so far Democrats brush off calls for Biden to play hardball on Cabinet picks 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 NadlerHouse passes sweeping reform bill to decriminalize marijuana This week: Congress races to wrap work for the year Top Republicans praise Trump's Flynn pardon MORE (D-N.Y.), House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Richard NealRichard Edmund NealHoyer releases 2021 House calendar A need for reauthorization of the Elder Justice Act Biden names Janet Yellen as his Treasury nominee MORE (D-Mass.) and House Oversight and Reform Committee Chairman Elijah CummingsElijah Eugene CummingsWe must act on lowering cost of prescription drugs Voters elected a record number of Black women to Congress this year — none were Republican Democrats were united on top issues this Congress — but will it hold? MORE (D-Md.). It was co-written by Reps. Brad SchneiderBradley (Brad) Scott SchneiderElection scrambles prospects for next COVID-19 relief bill Democrats call for IRS to review tax-exempt status of NRA 189 House Democrats urge Israel to 'reconsider' annexation MORE (D-Ill.) and Lee ZeldinLee ZeldinRep. Lee Zeldin fends off Democratic opponent in New York Caring for our seniors during and after coronavirus Top Republicans praise Trump's Flynn pardon 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 RubioHillicon Valley: Senate Intelligence Committee leaders warn of Chinese threats to national security | Biden says China must play by 'international norms' | House Democrats use Markup app for leadership contest voting Trump campaigns as wild card in Georgia runoffs Rubio and Ocasio-Cortez spar on Twitter: 'Work more, tweet less' MORE (R-Fla.) and Jim RischJim Elroy RischWill Biden choose a values-based or transactional foreign policy? GOP senator congratulates Biden, says Trump should accept results Barrasso to seek top spot on Energy and Natural Resources Committee 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.”