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Texas Senate Republicans Stand with Israel

March 22, 2017

AUSTIN – Senate Bill 29, authored by Sen. Brandon Creighton (R-Conroe), passed the Texas Senate by a vote of 25-4 today. The bill prohibits state governmental entities from contracting with or investing certain pension and university endowment funds in companies boycotting Israel.

“There is a concerted effort underway to isolate one of our strongest allies from the global community through discriminatory trade practices such as boycotts, divestments, and sanctions,” said Republican Caucus Vice Chair Brandon Creighton. “We cannot in good conscience stand by and allow these efforts to continue.”

“The state of Israel is an essential U.S. ally and valuable trade partner to the great state of Texas. I fully support SB 29 for addressing the concerted effort to isolate Israel from the global community by prohibiting the state from contracting with and investing in companies that boycott the Jewish state,” stated joint author Senator Bob Hall (R-Rockwall).

“Taxpayer dollars must not be invested in companies that boycott one of our closest and strongest allies. Israel is a friend to America, and Texas will stand with Israel!” declared Sen. Don Huffines (R-Dallas), a joint author of the bill. “Our nation was founded on Judeo-Christian values, and we continue to live and govern by those values in Texas, just as they do in Israel. Companies that seek to do harm to Israel won’t have the benefit of Texas taxpayers’ investment.”

Upon passage of the bill, Creighton added, “Texas should lead in ways that speak to the rest of the nation. We respect the effort of Prime Minister Netanyahu and the time he made when he came here to personally ask for our help. We are the people to take on this effort. We are the people to lead.”

Senate Bill 29, a priority of Governor Greg Abbott and Lt. Governor Dan Patrick, will now go the Texas House of Representatives.

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