House Problem Solvers Caucus Announces Support for anti-BDS Resolution

By Laura Kelly

Jewish Insider

April 16, 2019

 

The bipartisan House Problem Solvers Caucus put its weight behind a resolution condemning the  Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement against Israel and in support of a two-state solution on Monday.

It is the first public support by a joint and bipartisan group for a resolution, introduced last month by Reps. Brad Schneider (D-IL) and Jerry Nadler (D-NY), that puts Congress on record as opposing BDS and expressing its harmfulness to achieving a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

The Problem Solvers Caucus, co-chaired by Reps. Josh Gottheimer (D-NJ) and Tom Reed (R-NY), agree to vote together when three-quarters of the 48 members agree on a bill. Other caucus members supporting the anti-BDS resolution include Reps. Steve Watkins (R-KS), Elaine Luria (D-VA), Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA), Dean Phillips (D-MN), Pete Stauber (R-MN), Max Rose (D-NY) and Joe Cunningham (D-SC).

In a conversation with Jewish Insider on Monday, Gottheimer urged the House leadership to bring the bipartisan measure for a vote. ďOur leadership has told us that itís going to come to the floor this summer. I think that itís essential that we bring this to the floor for a vote. Itís time, and I donít think we should wait beyond this time.Ē

The New Jersey representative didnít say whether he would support the Republican push to force a vote on the BDS measure passed earlier this year by the Senate (S1), known as a discharge petition, if Democrats fail to act. He said, ďIím hoping that that is a good forcing mechanism to get it to the floor for debate and a vote. My leadership has told me that theyíre going to bring it to the floor. So Iím hoping that thatís whatís going to happen.Ē

Gottheimer also added his support to a statement released by four prominent pro-Israel Democrats on Friday, warning the Israeli government against taking unilateral steps to annex the West Bank. ďI believe in a two-state solution and I think itís important that we stress that, and I largely agreed with that statement,Ē he said.