Senate Democrats block pro-Israel, anti-BDS bill

10 January, 2019, 19:28 | Author: Myra Gill
  • Democrats vow to block key defense bill until Republicans stand up to Trump on shutdown 'This is not business as usual'

It's about avoiding a vote that will demonstrate to Americans that the Democratic Party has largely turned against Israel, and that a heavy percentage of Democrats are now supportive of anti-Semitism so long as that anti-Semitism is couched in anti-Israel terminology.

Even if it had passed the Senate, the act would have faced a doubtful future in the House of Representatives, where Democrats now hold a 235- to 199-seat majority, with one seat vacant, after sweeping victories in November.

On Friday, the House will vote on the Transportation appropriations bill. "Nor do Jews constitute a single nation with an identity of its own; they are citizens of the states to which they belong.' This, it seems, is now also the position of a number of Democrats", Harsanyi charged.

Later this week, the House will vote on bills covering national parks, and housing and transportation, as well as agriculture - which administers the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, more colloquially referred to as SNAP or food stamps.

Senator Chuck Schumer, leader of the Senate Democrats, called the president's exit a "temper tantrum" and said Trump "slammed the table" before he stormed out.

The impasse between Congress and the White House appeared to hit another snag Wednesday when Trump walked out of a White House meeting with congressional leaders, calling the discussions a "total waste of time". The House had already approved similar legislation last week as part of a larger package.

Having visited furloughed foodservice workers earlier in the day, he continued to emphasize the impact of the ongoing shutdown on low-wage government workers and the Americans attempting to access government services.

Almost all Senate Democrats voted against proceeding debate on the bill, including lawmakers how have previously supported legislation against BDS and in favor of continued security assistance to Israel.

Ohio Republican Rep. Brad Wenstrup backed the president's demand for a wall.


Senators got the sense on Wednesday that Trump will fight for the wall indefinitely.

Maryland senator Chris Van Hollen wants his constituents back to work and paid.

McConnell has said that Democratic leaders and Trump must reconcile their opposing stances on the president's proposed border wall. "A couple", he responded, before adding, "but they're with us all the way".

Trump was to give a speech making his case for the wall, a central promise during his 2016 campaign, in a nationally televised speech later on Tuesday.

Meanwhile, Rep. Steve Scalise, the Republican whip, argued Democrats who say the situation at the border is a "fabricated crisis" are operating in a "denial of reality". "It's ridiculous", Murphy told Al Jazeera.

According to Democratic leaders Sen. It's not about which bill we're voting on.

The Jewish Democratic Council of America supported the Senate Democrats on the vote, tweeting shortly after that they are "right to insist on reopening the government and ending the #Trumpshutdown".

"This is the mentality of these people: They hate Israel", she says bluntly. It included measures supporting Israel and Jordan and slapping sanctions on Syrians involved in war crimes at a time of growing unease in Congress over the Trump administration's shifts in the region.

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