Published: Sat, January 12, 2019
Global Media | By Garry Long

Democrats block Middle East bill in the Senate over shutdown

Democrats block Middle East bill in the Senate over shutdown

To return to the Democrat leadership: We wonder why it would oppose the Strengthening America's Security in the Middle East Act, which promises to be highly beneficial to both Israel and American precision-guided munitions manufacturers. In fact, it's a foreign policy that contains as its chief measure a law that would give governments on the state and local level in America the "legal authority to boycott any USA companies which themselves are participating in a boycott against Israel". "A partisan tantrum being prioritized over the public interest". This could take the form of asking for consent to vote on the floor, putting a privileged motion to a vote or offering the proposal during the so-called vote-a-ramas that occur for amendments to budget legislation. But Democrats are split over the addition of Republican Sen. Doug Jones of Alabama, Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona, Bob Menendez of New Jersey, and Joe Manchin of West Virginia.

Another benefit of the shutdown for House Democrats is that it helps them fill the floor schedule in what would otherwise be a slow legislative period.

The other two ranking Senate Democrats, Dick Durbin and Patty Murray, along with several of their party colleagues in the chamber said Monday they'll also refuse to support advancing any legislation not related to reopening the government, although it's uncertain whether there would be enough to stall the Senate's work.

More than 800,000 federal employees are impacted by the shutdown, including more than 420,000 employees who are on unpaid furlough, and 380,000 "essential" bureaucrats working without pay.

Earlier on January 8, Sen.

Democrat Senator Brian Schatz agreed, stating that the senate should focus their efforts exclusively on reopening the government.

"It's absurd that the first bill during the shutdown is legislation which punishes Americans who exercise their constitutional right to engage in political activity", Sanders said in reference to the anti-BDS measure.

The legislation, referred to as S1 as it was the first bill introduced by the new 2019 Senate, deals with a number of foreign policy issues including sanctioning the Syrian regime and extending military assistance to Israel.

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Maryland Democrat Senator Chris Van Hollen said in a tweet that Democrats "should block consideration of any bills unrelated to opening the government until Sen".

Some GOP senators have already started expressing frustration with the stalled negotiations and appear eager to reopen the remaining parts of government, with continued talks over border security afterward.

"They forgot what country they represent", posted Tlaib after GOP leaders stopped legislation that would punish U.S. companies that boycott Israel. This is the US where boycotting is a right and part of our historical fight for freedom and equality. "Let's get our priorities right".

"This "dual loyalty" canard is a typical anti-Semitic line".

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

Senators say the shutdown has led to disruptions in agricultural payments for farmers, as well as for home buyers trying to secure government-backed home loans.

"We should pass the bipartisan appropriations bill that includes money for border security while we continue to fight for more border security money". Ben Cardin, D-Md., said on Twitter that the boycotts were not the issue at hand right now. I have three words for you: Boston Tea Party.

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