Less than 24 hours after Senate Democrats successfully voted down a motion to proceed to legislation that would give states and localities more power to punish pro-Palestinian boycotts of Israel, rights groups raised alarm and urged Americans to call their senators immediately on Wednesday as Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) moved to bring the bill up for yet another procedural vote.
“McConnell apparently has no more important business to take care of in the Senate than trying to force a vote twice in 24 hours to strip away our First Amendment right to boycott for Palestinian rights.”
—Josh Ruebner, U.S. Campaign for Palestinian Rights
“When was the last time the Senate voted twice in less than 24 hours to consider the same bill?” Josh Ruebner, policy director a the U.S. Campaign for Palestinian Rights, asked on Twitter. “They’re doing it right now on S.1, a bill to authorize $38 billion in weapons for Israel and encourage states to deny contracts to people who support boycotts for Palestinian rights.”
“McConnell apparently has no more important business to take care of in the Senate than trying to force a vote twice in 24 hours to strip away our First Amendment right to boycott for Palestinian rights,” Ruebner added, alluding to the fact that the Republican leader is refusing to allow a vote on legislation to reopen the government.
In response to McConnell’s rapid attempt to re-vote on a motion that failed Tuesday night, Jewish Voice for Peace (JVP) issued an urgent call for people to contact their representatives and pressure them to oppose the measure again.
“Republicans have already reintroduced S.1 for another cloture vote!” JVP noted after applauding Tuesday’s vote as a “major victory” for free expression.
JVP went on to provide a links to find senators’ contact information and see how they voted Tuesday night, along with a sample call script.
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