Senate Democrats block Middle East policy, anti-BDS bill amid shutdown

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Legislation reaffirming USA support for allies in the Middle East, including a measure to punish Americans who boycott Israel, fell victim on Tuesday to a domestic political dispute that has resulted in a partial federal government shutdown. "A partisan tantrum being prioritized over the public interest". The motion failed on a vote of 57-43.

"So, this is no newfound principled objection", the majority leader said.

The United States faces a looming crisis - that, at least, was a point on which Democrats and Republicans agreed Tuesday night in a pair of televised addresses during primetime. Doug Jones of Alabama, Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona, Bob Menendez of New Jersey, and Joe Manchin of West Virginia.

Imagine the outrage if Democrats introduced a bill that would protect state and local governments who wanted to refuse to do business with Christian organizations because those organizations don't support gay marriage and Republicans refused to vote for the bill.

"The administration can not shut the government down and then plead "government shutdown" as a way to avoid doing its legal responsibilities", said Democratic Representative Jamie Raskin.

"Let's face it; it's not as if Rashida Tlaib (D-MI), who believes "Palestine" should replace Israel on the map, is merely unhappy about Benjamin Netanyahu's policies", he wrote in a January 8 op-ed.

A Hail Mary attempt to get Coast Guardsmen paid on time could sink as Senate Democrats are considering blocking any bill to keep the focus on the continuing government shutdown.

Sanders on January 6 blasted McConnell and Senate Republicans about S.1, tweeting that "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".

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The latest news is that Democrats may try to prevent today's action on the bill (over concerns over the government shutdown), so phoning & emailing could help block the bill!

Independent Senator Bernie Sanders criticised the measure on Twitter for punishing "Americans who exercise their constitutional right to engage in political activity". "We're (being) taken away from organising and getting down to the substantive business, because we're trying to get government open for the American people", House Democratic leader Steny Hoyer told Reuters.

Senator Rubio, however, slammed Democrats for blaming the bill's blockage on the shutdown.

A huge argument broke out at Senate Dem meeting last week over BDS. Marco Rubio, the senior Republican from Florida, did so as one catchall bill last week.

Cardin dismissed the charge, saying, "I've worked with you on BDS...and disagree with you here".

Passage of the Treasury spending bill would be followed Thursday and Friday with House votes on spending bills to fund the Agriculture, Interior, Transportation and Housing and Urban Development departments, which together oversee programs including food stamps, housing vouchers, assistance to farmers and traffic safety. Chris Van Hollen, D-Md. "I urge our Democratic colleagues in the Senate not to shut down the work of the Senate too".

Debra Shushan, APN's Director of Policy and Government Relations said, "Our country is suffering the impact of a government shutdown with no end in sight".

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