Congressman Peter Roskam

Representing the 6th District of Illinois

President Obama Signs Anti-BDS Law, Immediately Announces Intent to Ignore It

Feb 25, 2016
Press Release

Washington, D.C. — Yesterday evening, President Obama signed into law the Trade Facilitation and Trade Enforcement Act of 2015. U.S. Representative Peter J. Roskam authored key provisions that protect American companies doing business in Israel.

President Obama singled out the Roskam provisions in his signing statement, writing that he will “interpret and implement [them] in a manner that does not interfere with [his] diplomacy.”

Rep. Roskam released the following statement:

“This law – including the anti-BDS provisions I was proud to author – passed with overwhelming bipartisan support in both the House and the Senate.

“Incredibly, President Obama has already announced his intention to prioritize his misguided notions of legacy over the law of the land.

“We did not provide a statutory menu from which President Obama can pick and choose provisions to enforce.

“The president has signed this bill into law – it is now his responsibility to fully and faithfully execute it in its entirety.

“I'm sorry to hear that fighting efforts to delegitimize Israel interferes with his diplomacy, but rest assured that I intend to use my authority as chairman of the Ways and Means Subcommittee on Oversight to vigorously review and hold the administration accountable to duly execute our nation’s laws.”