Senate Democrats Block Syria Sanctions Over Shutdown

Specifically, Tlaib is referring to legislation that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) has said he intends to prioritize in the new congressional session.

The most contentious aspect of the bill, however, would introduce protections for states' ability to pass laws created to thwart the BDS movement targeting Israel. Democrats offered $1.9 billion for the border wall.

Despite a veto threat from the White House, Democrats are figuring that passing individual bills to fund popular programs affected by the shutdown gives them a chance to pick off some GOP support and divide Republicans.

"The Senate should vote on nothing else until we vote to reopen the government". Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin of Maryland, argued over the weekend that senators should vote first on a measure approved by the House last week to reopen the government.

The BDS movement is a global boycott of all things Israeli in order to end worldwide support for Israel's oppression of Palestinians and pressure Israel to comply with worldwide law. Anyone who's followed American foreign policy in recent years knows that the boycott, divestment, and sanctions (BDS) movement is an explosive and barely contained hot-button issue for Democrats. Republicans will control the Senate 53-47, and 60 votes are required to move the legislation forward.

Democratic Rep. Raja Krishnamoorthi of IL said the President's speech was "completely inconsistent with reality", arguing it's something he would expect to hear at a rally, not in the Oval Office. Reed, a co-chairman of the House Problem Solvers Caucus, said he supported the package because it included changes the group had pushed for to make it easier for bipartisan bills to come to the House floor.

The bill also includes military aid to Jordan and Israel, and supports additional sanctions against the Syrian regime of President Bashar al-Assad.

"Condemning backers of the Senate bill as "betrayers of the Constitution" in a blog post on Tuesday, Juan Cole of Informed Comment pointed out that "[e] conomic boycotts have been part and parcel of American political striving for liberty from the beginning. Rubio insisted earlier in the week the shutdown was being used as an excuse to allow the Democrats to block the bill.

House Majority Leader Steny H. Hoyer told reporters Tuesday that the vote was an opportunity for Republicans who say they support the health care law's protections for pre-existing conditions to demonstrate that.

"Ordering a federal employee to work without timely pay is morally wrong and runs counter to every economic principle on which a free enterprise system is based", Brooks said. Democrats - who control the House after an election they interpret as a repudiation of Trump's anti-immigrant message - were not showing signs of cracking in their resolve.

"There was a very negative reaction by the American public, and the American public today overwhelmingly believes the policy being pursued", Hoyer said. Several states are facing lawsuits after taking action against workers supporting BDS boycotts of Israel.

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