See LEGISLATION LIST below for many Congressional actions in DelNATO action alerts. For a more comprehensive list, read the excellent weekly Legislative Round-ups by Lara Friedman on the Americans for Peace Now site.
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To see a bill's text, status and co-sponsors: Use the links in the Legislative Round-up or the search function at https://www.congress.gov/ . If you already know bill number and introduction year, you can enter the url directly at the congress.gov site in this format: https://www.congress.gov/bill/[congressional session number]/[bill type]/[bill number]. The congressional session number for the 2015/16 Congress is 114th, for 2017/18 115th. Bill type examples: senate-bill, house-bill, sres, hres, hconres. For example, S. 720 would be entered as https://www.congress.gov/bill/115th/senate-bill/720.
June 2017 - The Senate passed “A resolution commemorating the 50th anniversary of the reunification of Jerusalem”, a reunification which is an illegal occupation under international law. Israel has spent the past 50 years moving its population into East Jerusalem, a war crime under the Geneva Conventions. Under "reunification", Israel continues to dispossess and persecute more Palestinians. The resolution reaffirms the "longstanding policy" of the U.S. government that "a just resolution" can only be achieved through "direct, bilateral negotiations without preconditions for a sustainable two-state solution." It also states falsely that under Israel's rule, "persons of all religious faiths have access to holy sites within the city." Palestinian Christians and Muslim under occupation are routinely denied permits to visit their holy sites in Jerusalem. The resolution passed the Senate 90-0 on 6/5/2017 with both DE Senators voting yea. See S. Res. 176 and H. Res. 328.
May 2017 - “A resolution commemorating the 50th anniversary of the reunification of Jerusalem”. This resolution commemorates a reunification which is an occupation illegal under international law. Israel has spent the past 50 years moving its population into East Jerusalem, a war crime under the Geneva Conventions. Under "reunification", Israel just continues to dispossess and persecute more Palestinians. The resolution reaffirms the usual "longstanding policy" of the U.S. government that "a just resolution" can only be achieved through "direct, bilateral negotiations without preconditions for a sustainable two-state solution." It also states falsely that under Israel's rule, "persons of all religious faiths have access to holy sites within the city." Palestinian Christians and Muslim under occupation are routinely denied permits to visit their holy sites in Jerusalem. The resolution passed the Senate 90-0 on 6/5/2017 with both DE Senators voting yea. See S. Res. 176 and H. Res. 328.
April 2017: All 100 U.S. senators signed the April 27 "Rubio-Coons letter" (as in Delaware's Senator Coons) to UN Secretary-General Guterres, which among other things praised Guterres "for disavowing the recent anti-Israel report by the UN Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia and demanding that it be withdrawn." The March 2017 report, written by two highly regarded U.S. academics, found that "the weight of the evidence supports beyond a reasonable doubt the proposition that Israel is guilty of imposing an apartheid regime on the Palestinian people, which amounts to the commission of a crime against humanity." The UN was pressured to remove the report from its website, but others saved it: pdf. We hope the report was read before it was condemned.
March 2017 - The Israel Anti-Boycott Act, amends U.S. law to make it illegal and subject to fines for U.S. companies to boycott or otherwise discriminate against settlements based on UN or EU calls; precludes discriminating firms from getting Export-Import bank loans; states that Congress views UN and EU policies which target illegal settlements and occupied territory as targeting Israel. As of 5/31/17 no DE Congress reps are co-sponsors. Check for updates: S. 720 and H.R. 1697.
January 2017 - The Combating BDS Act of 2017, says "notwithstanding any other provision of law", a state or local government may pass measures to divest from entities that boycott Israel, where Israel is defined to include occupied territory and illegal settlements. It replaces the 2016 act, which died at the end of the last Congress. So far there is a replacement bill in just the Senate, not the House. Senator Coons is again co-sponsor. Check for updates: S. 170.
January 2017: Resolutions condemning UN Security Council Resolution 2334. On 12/23/16 the UN Security Council reaffirmed the illegality of Israel's settlements by passing UNSC Resolution 2334 14-0, with the U.S. abstaining this time instead of vetoing as it did in 2011. The House and Senate then each introduced a resolution condemning the UNSC resolution. THANK YOU to Delaware's new representative Lisa Blunt Rochester for joining 79 of her colleagues in voting against the House resolution, H. Res. 11, which passed 1/5/2017. The Senate resolution, S. Res. 6, was blocked by Senator Durbin and as of April 2017 has not been voted on. Senator Coons is a co-sponsor of S.Res. 6. Senator Carper is not a co-sponsor.
December 2016: Watch the Senate's "Anti-Semitism Awareness Act" pass by unanimous consent in an empty Senate chamber. The bill was stalled later in the House Judiciary Committee, but may be re-introduced in 2017. The Act requires the Department of Education to "take into consideration" a flawed definition of anti-Semitism in determining whether to open an investigation after a complaint. The definition would include some constitutionally-protected pro-Palestine political speech as anti-Semitism. The definition's lead author, Kenneth Stern, wrote to the House asking them not to move the bill forward because it was both unconstitutional and unwise, noting the definition had never been intended to limit speech.
July 2016 - The Combating BDS Act of 2016 was rolled into the $52 billion "State and Foreign Operations Appropriations Bill" for FY 2017 at the end of June by the Senate Appropriations Commitee. Congress most probably will not vote on the stand-alone bills. "AIPAC commends" the Senate Appropriations Committee for this action.
February 2016 - The Combating BDS Act of 2016 says that notwithstanding any other provision of law, presumably including the First Amendment, "a State or local government may adopt and enforce" certain anti-BDS measures. H.R. 4514: https://www.congress.gov/bill/114th/house-bill/4514. S. 2531: https://www.congress.gov/bill/114th/senate-bill/2531. Senator Coons is a co-sponsor. Read his disappointing response when contacted about the stand-alone bill.
2013 - The Nuclear Weapon Free Iran Act of 2013, which calls for US military support for Israel if Israel decides to attack Iran (nonbinding): S. 1881: https://www.congress.gov/bill/113th/senate-bill/1881.
2013 - The United States-Israel Strategic Partnership Act of 2013 would give Israel the unique designation of "major strategic partner" of the U.S. and allow it to enter the US visa waiver program with limited reciprocity due to a special security exemption, unlike all 37 other countries currently in the program. S. 462: https://www.congress.gov/bill/113th/senate-bill/462. H.R. 938: https://www.congress.gov/bill/113th/house-bill/938 .