Congresswoman Martha McSally

Representing the 2nd District of Arizona

U.S. Rep. McSally Statement on Admin’s Refusal to Implement Israel Legislation

February 26, 2016
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Representative Martha McSally today released the following statement in response to the President’s refusal to implement provisions signed into law meant to combat harmful boycotts of Israel. Earlier this week, the President signed into law H.R. 644, the "Trade Facilitation and Trade Enforcement Act,” legislation to update the nation’s customs laws, but acknowledged he would not abide by provisions designed to prevent the discrimination of Israeli-produced goods.

“The President’s stance on this issue is atrocious. He is not above the law nor does he get to decide what parts of the law he’s going to enforce,” said Rep. McSally. “By refusing to implement these provisions, he’s not just furthering a politically-motivated boycott, but turning his back on our close ally Israel. Members from both parties have come together to pass legislation meant to support Israel in the face of harmful and malicious boycotts. I will continue to work to provide the oversight needed to make sure the Administration is adhering to the law and will continue to stand with our ally Israel.”

Rep. McSally has led efforts in Congress to support Israel and protect against political boycotts of Israelis. Earlier this month, she introduced legislation to prevent the discrimination goods produced in the West Bank or Gaza.

Top Democrats in Congress also recently called on the President to enforce provisions he signed into law meant to protect against boycotts of Israel.