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With all due respect, @MarcoRubio – it seems like you don't understand your own bill, or the First Amendment.

That's troubling, but we're here to help.
The Combating BDS Act encourages states to pass unconstitutional laws punishing businesses AND individuals who participate in politically motivated boycotts against Israel. These laws have already violated the First Amendment rights of teachers, newspapers, and even students.
Was it just “commercial activity” when civil rights activists boycotted segregated restaurants? Was it just “commercial activity” when businesses and individuals boycotted apartheid South Africa?

NO. It was speech protected by the Constitution.
Your bill violates the core principle of the First Amendment: The government cannot dictate to its citizens which causes they can and can’t support.

That’s not “baseless” – it’s grounded in the Constitution, our history, and two recent federal court decisions.
We urge you and your colleagues to focus on protecting the First Amendment rights of Americans, rather than undermining them, @MarcoRubio. That means reconsidering the Combating BDS Act.
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