View Full Version : As Democrats Pan Netanyahu Visit, GOP Lays Out Welcome Mat

Peace Piper
02-16-2015, 08:37 PM
Nearly every Senate Republican signed a resolution welcoming the Israeli prime minister to America.
By Sarah Mimms | National Journal | February 12, 2015


As Democrats have grown increasingly vocal in their opposition to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's visit to Washington next month, Senate Republicans are laying out the welcome mat.

"During this time of such great instability and danger in the Middle East, the United States should be unequivocal about our commitment to one of our closest and most important allies," Sen. John Cornyn said in a statement on Thursday. "I hope all my colleagues will join me in welcoming Prime Minister Netanyahu to Washington so we can continue to work together to advance our common security interests."

In one of the chamber's final acts before members recess for a week, Cornyn introduced a resolution welcoming Netanyahu to the United States. It was signed by 51 of the chamber's Republican members and, initially, not a single Democrat. Cornyn said he would circulate a Dear Colleague letter to urge all senators to sign onto the resolution.

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The Republicans' gesture comes as Democrats in the House and Senate have grown increasingly critical of Netanyahu's visit, which comes at the invitation of House Speaker John Boehner and without consultation with the Obama administration. Several Democrats, particularly Congressional Black Caucus members, have talked about boycotting the speech, and the White House announced that Vice President Biden will not be able to attend due to a trip to South America. Netanyahu's trip has also become a huge source of controversy in Israel, as his visit comes just weeks before he is up for reelection.

Rep. Charlie Rangel, D-N.Y., has been particularly outspoken on the matter, even making jokes at Netanyahu's expense during the National Press Club Foundation dinner last week that left some Republican members squirming in their seats. "I cannot think of any reason as to why someone who differs with my president should be coming to my country, my Congress, in order to—especially, when it's preceding an election in a foreign country, as friendly as she might be," Rangel said this week.

All but three Senate Republicans—Bob Corker, Jeff Flake, and Lindsey Graham—have signed onto the Netanyahu resolution...
Complete article: http://www.nationaljournal.com/congress/as-democrats-pan-netanyahu-visit-gop-lays-out-welcome-mat-20150212

Natural Citizen
02-16-2015, 08:45 PM
Well. Hm. We already had a similar thread on this. I'll just repost my comment from the previous...

There are some rather strict rules with regard to what Netanyahu is doing here. Obama was clear to say that he wouldn't be meeting with him during his visit/speech. This, of course, conforms to the rules. With Israel's elections coming up, Boehner's move is contradictory of the rules.

I think he needs authorization from the Executive Branch. By not getting that he is essentially committing an act of sedition. He is using a foreign leader to lobby for his own legislation. Recall that he invited him to speak premised upon "the grave threats that radical Islam and Iran pose to our security and way of life". His announcement comes as Republicans in Congress are pushing for new sanctions against Iran.

Also, the Logan Act makes it a crime for unauthorized American citizens to negotiate with foreign governments. That is a felony. Punishable by up to 3 years in prison. It is also possible that he is in volation of the Federal Elections Commission law. Section 441e makes it illegal for a person to solicit, accept or receive a contribution or donation from a foreign national. Simply by using the speech to raise money for republicans any way he's guilty of violating FEC law...Rand. While one can certainly say that “He’s always welcome" outling factors relative to such "invitations" remain.