Oppose the Hawkish “Strengthening America's Security in the Middle East Act”

 

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Call Script

My name is __________. I am a constituent, and my zip code is _______.

If S.1, the “Strengthening America's Security in the Middle East Act,” comes before the House I urge you to oppose it. This hawkish and extremist bill will make it far more difficult to negotiate peaceful diplomatic resolutions to the long and bloody conflicts that continue to roil the region.

I support a prompt and orderly withdrawal of U.S. forces from Syria in a manner that protects our Kurdish allies.

And along with the ACLU and other civil-liberty organizations I strongly condemn the unconstitutional “Combating BDS” section because it violates our own First Amendment rights of free speech, political association, and collective action to bring about political, social, and economic change.


Context

Senate bill S.1 includes highly-partisan, poison-pill sections designed to make withdrawal of U.S. troops from Syria a practical impossibility and to subvert the 1st Amendment free speech rights of people, organizations, and businesses who advocate nonviolent boycotts, disinvestment, and sanctions as a way of influencing Israel-Palestinian issues.

Background

S.1 is a collection of four hard-line, right-wing bills submitted by Senator Rubio (R-FL) that McConnell & company were unable to get the previous senate to pass. Now that they have a larger majority they are making it their first priority in the hope they can ram them through.

S.1 is an “omnibus” bill that combines four separate foreign-policy agenda bills:

  • ILEANA ROS-LEHTINEN US-ISRAEL SECURITY ASSISTANCE AUTHORIZATION ACT

  • US-JORDAN DEFENSE COOPERATION EXTENSION ACT

  • CAESAR SYRIA CIVILIAN PROTECTION ACT

  • COMBATING BDS ACT

S.1 will make it far more difficult to negotiate peaceful diplomatic settlements to the long and bloody conflicts that continue to roil the Middle East region.

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