Only 2 Democrat Senators Will Publicly Oppose Anti-Israel BDS Movement

Only 2 Democrat Senators Will Publicly Oppose Anti-Israel BDS Movement

Only 2 Democrat Senators Will Publicly Oppose Anti-Israel BDS Movement

Tlaib and Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., are the only Democrats in either chamber of Congress to voice support for the BDS movement.

Ben Cardin, a Maryland Democrat, and a leading proponent of federal anti-BDS legislation, said, "The Senate should not take up any bills unrelated to reopening the government until [Republican Majority Leader Mitch McConnell] lets us vote on exactly that".

Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M.) is leading the effort by Senate Democrats to introduce a companion bill to a major political and electoral reform bill introduced by House Democrats on January 4.

Schumer said Trump had a "temper tantrum" and called his actions "really, really unfortunate".

"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.

President Donald Trump said his Homeland Security officials will "make a plea" for the border wall with Mexico during a briefing for congressional leaders Wednesday at the White House as the partial government shutdown over his demand for wall funding entered its 12th day.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., called Trump's decision to shut down the government over the wall "just plain wrong" in a televised response to the president's address. One GOP aide said Republicans could still move nominees, which are not subject to a 60-vote threshold to beat a filibuster.

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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. We want to open government.

That point, which other Republicans have also employed in their arguments for the president's proposed wall, referred to the Secure Fence Act of 2006. "Currently, almost twice as many liberal Democrats say they sympathize more with the Palestinians than with Israel (35% vs. 19%)".

In the House, Representative Eliot Engel, a New York Democrat and chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee, is pushing the Syria provisions as a separate bill.

Republican Sen. Susan Collins of ME was spotted on Wednesday huddling with fellow Republican Sens.

"There are some Republicans that are very sensitive to their districts and their needs, and when they are not getting what they are entitled to, and when there's a problem with food and nutrition programs, and transportation, housing, the safe drinking water initiative - I would think that some Republicans would say maybe this is not the right way to do it", Lowey said.

"Well, I can't speak for McConnell, but I would like to see him bring the House-passed bills to the Senate floor", she said on NBC's Meet the Press" on Sunday.

"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. "We've never had a better ally". Last week, seven House Republicans voted with Democrats on a package of bills to reopen the government without an immediate resolution on the wall.

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