Thursday, 17 January, 2019

Senate Democrats block Middle East policy, anti-BDS bill amid shutdown

Marco Rubio: Rashida Tlaib's Dual Loyality Suggestion 'anti-Semitic' Democrats pledge to paralyze Senate as shutdown negotiation ...
Ellis Copeland | 10 January, 2019, 22:45

By a vote of 240-188 along mostly partisan lines, the House passed the bill and sent it to the Republican-controlled Senate as part of Democrats' latest strategy to end partial government shutdowns at many federal agencies that began on December 22.

Laurie Cardoza-Moore, resident of Proclaiming Justice to the Nations, finds the lack of support for Rubio's bill outrageous.

Prior to the vote, McConnell described Democrats' opposition to his motion as a "partisan tantrum". Under Senate rules, the majority leader was required to change his vote to "no" in order to move to reconsider the failed motion at a later date. Doug Jones of Alabama, Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona, Bob Menendez of New Jersey, and Joe Manchin of West Virginia.

Democrats, led by Sens. On Saturday, Chris Van Hollen, Democratic Senator for the state of Maryland, wrote on his Twitter page that the Senate Democrats should block consideration of any bill unrelated to opening the government.

Nineteen days into a government shutdown over his demand for $5.7 billion for a border wall, President Trump on Wednesday abruptly walked out of a meeting with Democratic leaders in Congress and batted away concerns from Republican senators about the political fallout of the impasse.

Earlier on January 8, Sen.

The shift toward a more confrontational strategy comes as the Trump administration and congressional Democratic leaders made little headway toward resolving the shutdown that has shuttered key government functions in the areas of taxes, housing policies and patrolling national parks.

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Senate Democrats have been critical of the legislation, claiming that Senator Marco Rubio and other Republicans are violating the First Amendment rights of Americans by introducing efforts to counter the anti-Israel Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement. Let's get our priorities right'.

Democrats say the bill would hamper constitutionally protected rights, such as free speech, but as Klein explained, "existing laws prevent governments from contracting with businesses that engage in discriminatory practices, and the movement to boycott Israeli Jews certainly is discriminatory".

Rubio went on to comment on Tlaib's tweet, saying: 'This "dual loyalty" canard is a typical anti-Semitic line.

But in a sign of how entrenched both sides are in the shutdown fight, the White House issued a veto threat on Wednesday afternoon for the spending bills that House Democrats are planning to take up ahead of a vote on the first bill in the series later in the day.

On Friday, the House will vote on the Transportation appropriations bill.

"The House has acted [to end the shutdown]", Mitchell told Sen. I have three words for you: Boston Tea Party. "The government #shutdown is a crisis, impacting millions of Americans and our economy".

"States don't have the "right" to punish individuals for participating in political boycotts the government doesn't agree with, which this bill encourages them to do", the ACLU tweeted, adding, "whatever your views on BDS, we all should be able to agree that the government has no business telling us which causes we can or cannot support".

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