Portman Provisions to Protect Ohio Manufacturers and Discourage Politically-Motivated Boycotts of Israel Signed Into Law

February 24, 2016 | Press Releases

ENFORCE Act Cracks Down on Foreign Countries Cheating while Israel Language Bolsters U.S.-Israel Trade and Commercial Ties 

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Rob Portman (R-Ohio) today announced that President Obama signed into law his provisions to help Ohio workers by cracking down on customs duty evasion schemes and combat the anti-Israel Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement. The ENFORCE Act fulfills a top priority of American manufacturers by helping to stop efforts to illegally import goods and deliberately circumvent our customs process.  The anti-BDS component sets out U.S. policy identifying the importance of the bilateral U.S.-Israel trade relationship and establishes principal trade negotiating objectives, statements of policy, findings, and other provisions related to trade and commercial activities affecting the U.S. and Israel.   

“I’m pleased that the president has signed into law initiatives I’ve long championed to protect Ohio jobs,” Portman stated. “Stopping foreign countries from illegally importing goods and evading our laws is a critical priority for American manufacturers, and I’m pleased these new protections are now in place and can begin to make a real difference for our workers.  This bill also makes clear that if you want close economic ties with the United States, you cannot support efforts weaken Israel’s economy.”