Senate Democrats Have Quite the 'Solution' For Fighting the Shutdown

Democrats Say They're Stopping A Pro-Israel Bill So They Can Reopen The Government. They're Doing It Because Democrats Have Soured On Israel And Warmed To Anti-Semitism.

Democrats Say They're Stopping A Pro-Israel Bill So They Can Reopen The Government. They're Doing It Because Democrats Have Soured On Israel And Warmed To Anti-Semitism.

Some Democratic senators have responded to the Senate's inaction by saying they will stop discussion of bills that don't relate to funding the government. He made a decision to join forces with the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and launch a lawsuit to challenge an Arkansas law that requires contractors doing business with state-funded institutions to promise not to back such boycotts.

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McConnell wanted the Senate to move to regular business by considering S.1, the "Strengthening American Security in the Middle East Act", which includes a bipartisan provision protecting local and state governments that refuse to contract with firms or organizations supporting the Boycott, Divest From, Sanction (BDS) Movement against Israel.

Nelson placed the responsibility for reopening the government squarely with Republicans.

Republican senators will need 60 votes to adopt the legislation, meaning they require the votes of seven Democrats. "They're threatening to shut down efforts to protect our allies and strengthen our relationship with Israel".

The Senate plans a procedural vote Tuesday on the Middle East policy package, which is co-sponsored by Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.

The BDS movement, modeled after the South African anti-apartheid movement, calls for the boycott of Israel to pressure it into "complying with global law" by ending its occupation of Palestinian territories and recognizes Palestinian citizens' rights to full equality.

"The right to free speech is the foundation of our democracy". One version of a state law required those looking to do business with states affirm that they aren't part of a boycott, and another law prohibited state agencies from doing business with contractors who supported the boycott.

The ACLU sent a letter to lawmakers Monday, urging them to vote against moving forward with the legislation.

The controversy, she claimed, was created to deflect from the government shutdown, which is now in its third week. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer has announced he would oppose passing the bill and even Sen.

Maryland Democratic Sens. Benjamin L. Cardin and Chris Van Hollen joined their Virginia colleagues Tim Kaine and Mark Warner in outlining their request to prioritize House-passed spending legislation in a "Dear Colleague" letter. "Federal workers and government contractors are suffering". Kamala Harris, New Jersey Sen.

The Senate failed to reach the necessary 60 votes on Tuesday evening to end debate on Republican-introduced legislation that, if enacted, would impose fresh sanctions on Syria, as well as boost security cooperation with Israel and Jordan amid the announced gradual withdrawal of US troops from Syria.

The final tally was 56-44, with Mr. McConnell switching his vote to "No" in order to be able to demand a revote later this week.

Rubio also accused Sanders of "lying" about his bill, insisting that the legislation "doesn't punish any political activity".

"It's not about free speech".

"The Senate will not take up any proposal that does not have a real chance of passing this chamber and getting a presidential signature", he said.

A public lands bill that was held over from the last Congress is expected to get a vote next week, for example ― and it has support from a number of Western Democratic senators.

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