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Senate Democrats to Discuss Blocking All Legislation That Doesn’t Reopen the Government

10 January 2019

Last week, seven House Republicans broke ranks and voted with Democrats on a package of appropriations bills that reopened most of government without funding the wall, a number that could have been higher but for personal intervention by Vice President Pence, who called a number of Republicans to urge them to vote "no" on the Democrats' bills. Boycott, divestment, and sanctions of Israel is textbook anti-Semitism - it singles out Israel for treatment no other nation undergoes, it has little or nothing to do with Israeli "settlement" policy, and it is largely pushed by people who would love to see Israel disappear.

Also on Tuesday, the top Democrat on the Senate Finance Committee, Sen.

The founders of the BDS movement sometimes try to claim that they support a "two-state solution", but in reality, they seek the destruction of Israel as a Jewish state. Why?

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.

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer has tried to pressure McConnell to act.

Murkowski disagrees, and says she wants the government re-opened.

"Less than a week after issuing a profanity-infused call to impeach President Trump on her first day in office, Michigan Democratic Rep. Rashida Tlaib is under fire from Republican politicians and commentators for openly posting what they call an anti-Semitic dog whistle on Twitter", writes Fox News.

US House Representative Rashida Tlaib participates in a ceremonial swearing-in at the start of the 116th Congress at the US Capitol in Washington, DC, January 3, 2019. "Let's get our priorities right".

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The vote - the first roll call of the new session - came on a package of bipartisan bills related to USA support for Israel and Jordan and new sanctions against the Syrian regime. A Woodstock-style concert was canceled and some companies stopped offering services in the West Bank settlements. Congresswomen Talib and Omar - and the founders of the BDS movement - should also empathize with the "opposing" narrative and understand why Israel is, and must remain, a Jewish state.

In support of Israel, Rubio's bills would affirm the legal authority of state and local governments to restrict contracts and take other actions against those "engaged in BDS conduct". As everyone who follows local, national, or worldwide politics knows, Davis lost her award because of pro-Israel interests that seem to rise up in coordinated opposition to anyone or any group that dares to utter a sympathetic word about Palestine, much less identify Israel as an apartheid state.

Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., tweeted, "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".

The White House has rejected House Democrats' approach, and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., has insisted repeatedly that he will not bring up any bill in the Senate that does not have Trump's support.

"McConnell has the ability to put these bills on the floor and say to the president of the United States, 'We're an independent branch, we're not the president's handmaids, ' " Hoyer added.

United States legislation addressing security policy in the Middle East, including a measure taking aim at boycotts of Israel, failed to clear a key procedural hurdle on Tuesday but politicians say the bills "will come back" after the partial government shutdown ends.

McConnell voiced his frustration with the tactic on the Senate floor, saying "America's vital interests in the Middle East have been challenged by chaos" and that the package of legislation would allow the Congress to address "all of this head on".

Senate Democrats to Discuss Blocking All Legislation That Doesn’t Reopen the Government