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Cotton Statement on Court Ruling in Arkansas Times v. Mark Waldrip

January 25, 2019

Washington, D.C.-Senator Tom Cotton (R-Arkansas) released the following statement on the federal court ruling in Arkansas Times v. Mark Waldrip, et al:

"A federal district court judge this week acknowledged the obvious: Businesses do not have a constitutional right to discriminate against the Jewish State. Government contractors in Arkansas are required to certify they will not participate in the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions movement designed by Israel's foes, or else face consequences. This requirement has been upheld.

"Congress now has the opportunity to build on this pro-Israel victory by passing the Strengthening America's Security in the Middle East Act of 2019 (S.1). This bill would authorize continued military aid to Israel while protecting states like Arkansas that are combating the BDS movement."