Senate Democrats block pro-Israel, anti-BDS bill

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Similarly, the Senate seems to have chosen to prioritise the interests of a foreign country in the first days of 2019, instead of bills that would have a positive impact on the lives of Americans. 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.

First and foremost, it's a great messaging opportunity to highlight the differences between Democratic and Republican governing strategies.

At least three Democrats voted for cloture: Arizona's Krysten Sinema, Alabama's Doug Jones and West Virginia's Joe Manchin.

Rubio introduced the legislation with Sen.

Top Democrats said they'll refuse to support legislation not related to reopening the government and the vote on the security-related measure was a demonstration of the party's unity on the issue.

More than 420,000 employees of the total federal workforce of 800,000 are categorized as essential personnel, according to the Senate Appropriations Committee.

For his part, Trump was unflinching Wednesday in his position, explaining why he won't agree to reopen parts of government without securing funding for a border wall first.

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"Let's face it; it's not as if Rashida Tlaib (D-MI), who believes "Palestine" should replace Israel on the map, is merely unhappy about Benjamin Netanyahu's policies", he wrote in a January 8 op-ed. In an interview, she noted that the four components of S.1 - the bill also expands sanctions on Syria's Assad regime and strengthens the U.S. -Jordan alliance - were under consideration in the previous Congress, when Republicans controlled the Senate, the White House and the U.S. House of Representatives.

"But I don't think we should vote on that until we have a vote on funding the government". "You don't solve a shutdown with a shutdown". Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., Sen. "Sure enough, Senators Schumer and Durbin are leading the Democrats' charge to block a bill that is vital to Israel and Middle East security". "Let's get those reopened while the negotiations continue".

Tlaib shared Sanders' comments and added, "they forgot what country they represent. That elected officials in both houses are standing up for free speech and the right to speak out against injustice by opposing these bills is an encouraging sign that speaking out for Palestinian rights is increasingly recognized as an integral part of the progressive agenda".

Democrats successfully filibustered, for the second time, a bill Thursday that would have strengthened US relationships in the Middle East while punishing the anti-Israel boycott movement.

A huge argument broke out at Senate Dem meeting last week over BDS.

Republican Senators Marco Rubio, James Risch, Cory Gardner, and Mitch McConnell proposed the Senate's first 2019 bill, S.B.1, "Strengthening America's Security in the Middle East Act of 2019". He also will attend a Senate Republican lunch on Wednesday to put pressure on Democrats to cut a deal and to shore up wavering Republicans who are anxious the President doesn't have a successful strategy to end the shutdown. It's not about which bill we're voting on.

The ACLU opposes the Combating BDS Act on the grounds that it "sends a message to Americans who engage on issues of global importance that if they dare to disagree with their government, they will be penalized and placed in a lesser class with fewer opportunities". Ben Cardin, "This is a crisis - Americans are suffering for it". We can't simply proceed with business as usual.

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