Rep. Ben Cline Signs Anti-BDS Discharge Petition, Expresses Support for Israel

May 15, 2019
Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congressman Ben Cline (VA-06) signed a discharge petition Wednesday, May 15, to force a vote by the full House of Representatives on legislation which would stand against the BDS boycott targeting Israel. A discharge petition forces a full vote once it receives 218 signatures.

H.Res. 246, introduced by Congressman Brad Schneider (IL-10), Congressman Cline, and 250 other co-sponsors, would for a vote on a bill to protect state and local governments that choose to not work with vendors and companies that boycott Israel. If passed, the legislation would ensure federal law could not override local ordinances and state law.

“I am a strong supporter of the State of Israel and I believe we must do all we can to support our closest ally in the Middle East,” Cline said. “As the anti-Israel boycott has grown in popularity among the far left, I believe local and state governments are well within their rights to express support for Israel. The anti- Semitic positions of some on the left are outrageous and should be condemned by all freedom-loving Americans in the strongest possible terms.”

Congressman Ben Cline became the 35th Congressman to represent the Sixth District of Virginia in 2019. He served in the Virginia House of Delegates from 2002 to 2018. Cline and his wife, Elizabeth, have two daughters.