Democrats pledge to boycott Netanyahu’s address to Congress

Posted by on Mar 02, 2015 at 8:20 am

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu arrived in Washington Sunday evening for his controversial address to Congress, which will be boycotted by dozens of Democratic lawmakers — including two from New York.

Scandal-scarred Manhattan Rep. Charles Rangel and Queens Rep. Gregory Meeks are among 34 Democrats who have pledged to join President Obama in giving Netanyahu the cold shoulder over a speech arranged by Republican House Speaker John Boehner.

Others who won’t be present for the Tuesday remarks include at least two Jewish House Democrats, Rep. John Yarmuth of Kentucky and Rep. Steve Cohen of Tennessee.

Cohen has said he didn’t want to serve as “a potted plant” for the Israeli PM, who faces a tough re-election battle on March 17.

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