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Heinrich joins boycott of Netanyahu speech

WASHINGTON — Sen. Martin Heinrich, D-N.M., told the Journal this evening that he plans to boycott Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s controversial speech to Congress on Tuesday.

About two dozen other Democrats have said they will not attend the speech. The rest of New Mexico’s delegation plans to attend, although other delegation Democrats expressed reservations about the speech.

“I am always happy to listen to what Prime Minister Netanyahu has to say,” Heinrich said in a statement. “I intend to watch his speech about Iran from my office, but I have strong objections to using the floor of the United State Congress as a stage for his election campaign–or anyone’s for that matter. The U.S.-Israeli alliance is too important to be politically exploited just days before Israeli voters go to the polls.”