District of Columbia — The House of Representatives voted on Tuesday to pass a resolution that opposes the global boycott movement against Israel, providing a surprising prevail for supporters of Israel in a Democrat controlled House. House Resolution 246 passed the House with a vote of 398-17, with the 17 nays consisting of 16 Democrats and a lone Republican. Additionally, five representatives voted present and another 13 (6 Democrat, 7 Republican) abstained from voting on the resolution.
HR 246 was a vote that would make lawmakers vote regarding the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions movement (BDS), which has been pressuring Israel regarding human rights issues in its ongoing battle with Palestine. A couple of notable opponents to the resolution are Ilhan Omar (D-MN) and Rashida Talib (D-MI), while the resolution was proposed by Brad Schneider (D-IL). The vote required a two-thirds majority vote to pass, easily passing the hurdle in the final tally.