"Time to play hardball": Progressives push Senate Dems to stonewall Trump

US Senator Bernie Sanders

US Senator Bernie Sanders

Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., the Senate majority leader, has slotted as the first Senate bill of the new Congress a mini-omnibus package on Middle East policy. One of those bills would provide ample margin for state and local governments to curtail their business with those who actively support boycotts of Israel.

Eight Republicans joined 232 Democrats to support the bill. "There's an opportunity for every American to see who wants government open, and our responsibility is not to do what the president of the United States tells us to do".

"Senate Democrats should block consideration of any bills unrelated to opening the government until Sen".

It protects state and local governments, as well as employee benefit plan staff, who want to avoid doing business with entities engaged in "commerce-related or investment-related boycott, divestment, or sanctions activity in the course of interstate or global commerce that is meant to penalize, inflict economic harm on, or otherwise limit commercial relations with Israel or persons doing business in Israel or Israeli-controlled territories".

A pro-Israel advocate says it's unfortunate that a bill aimed at stopping boycotts against Israel is stalled in the Senate.

President Donald Trump and Democrats have been at an impasse over funding for his proposed border wall, which has led to a partial government shutdown, now in its 19th day.

With a handful of Republicans in both the House and Senate already having broken with the administration strategy of keeping the government partially shut while fighting over the wall, House Democrats' approach of bringing up individual spending bills could serve to further divide the GOP as the shutdown drags on.

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

The ACLU has denounced the legislation as an unlawful attack on free speech, and two federal courts have ruled that similar bills are unconstitutional. All Democrats voted for the legislation.

The House is set to vote on bills to fund portions of the government that have been shuttered as a part of the shutdown, including national parks, and housing and transportation, as well as agriculture.

"I expected these actions to be a big bipartisan vote, not a partisan showdown", he 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.

"They're obviously going to try to make us take votes", the Kentucky Republican said of the Democrats, "but we're for it, and we should have handled that better during the election time".

Rubio, a Florida senator, said in a series of tweets, including one pointed at Sanders and Tlaib: "The shutdown is not the reason Senate Democrats don't want to move to Middle East Security Bill".

"There was a very negative reaction by the American public, and the American public today overwhelmingly believes the policy being pursued", Hoyer said. I have three words for you: Boston Tea Party.

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