Pro-Israel bill torpedoed by the usual list of suspects

Rashida Tlaib and Jan Schakowsky

Democrat Rashida Tlaib Blasted for Antisemitic Tweet ‘They Forgot What Country They Represent’ Chip Somodevilla Getty7 Jan 2019

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., accused Democrats Tuesday of operating out of "political spite" by refusing to negotiate with President Trump on border security and threatening to block the Senate from considering any legislation until the end of the partial government shutdown.

The bill empowers "state and local governments in the United States to counter the anti-Israel boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement's discriminatory economic warfare against the Jewish state", a press release on Senator Rubio's website says. That was the case with Texas elementary school speech pathologist Bahia Amawi, who lost her job working with autistic and speech-impaired children in Austin because she refused to promise not to boycott goods produced in Israel and/or illegal Israeli settlements. The motion failed on a vote of 57-43.

House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, D-Md., said a new batch of polling shows voters back Democrats or want a compromise now.

In fact, Democratic Sens.

With more than 130,000 federal workers and multiple department and agency offices located there, Maryland is among the states most affected by the shutdown.

In a joint statement Monday night, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., said Democrats must be given equal airtime to rebut Trump, who, "if his past statements are any indication will be full of malice and misinformation".

Earlier on January 8, Sen.

Senate Republicans' first bill of the new Congress is a bipartisan package backed by McConnell that includes measures supporting Israel and Jordan and slapping sanctions on Syrians involved in war crimes. "You don't solve a shutdown with a shutdown".

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Nelson placed the responsibility for reopening the government squarely with Republicans. Bernie Sanders (I., Vt.) of lying about the bill by claiming that it bars Americans from their constitutional right to engage in political activity.

In a debate that has been playing out on Twitter, in no small part because senators have not been on Capitol Hill for several days even as the shutdown has continued, Rubio has argued that the shutdown is not really why a number of Democrats are pushing to block the foreign policy bills.

McConnell also said Tuesday that he would not bring up a pair of funding bills passed by the Democratic House of Representatives last week because President Trump will not sign them. This is the U.S. where boycotting is a right & part of our historical fight for freedom & equality.

"Maybe a refresher on our US Constitution is in order, then get back to opening up our government instead of taking our rights away".

"Democrats don't want to move to Middle East Security Bill". We agree. The Combatting BDS Act represents yet another covert attempt by the Senate to enact legislation that would burden fundamental free expression rights without proper consideration on the heels of a failed attempt last month to pass a different law criminalizing boycotts of Israel.

Members of the Senate Democratic caucus, including Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer of NY, came to support the strategy, which Van Hollen was pushing over the weekend.

While spokesmen for Sanders and Cardin didn't respond to a request for comment, a Senate Democratic aide, who asked not to be identified, said the BDS provision was irrelevant to the shutdown issue.

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