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

12 January, 2019, 02:46 | Author: Sheila Harris
  • Marco Rubio: Rashida Tlaib's Dual Loyality Suggestion 'anti-Semitic'

Democrats accused the Trump administration of using the shutdown to try to delay oversight, citing what they said was an effort to postpone acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker's appearance before the House Judiciary Committee until mid-February.

Leaving aside these two representatives' real views, which I oppose, it's risky for democracy if officials blatantly lie to their constituents about issues that can change votes.

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. The move is meant to call out Republican tactics to move forward on Trump's border wall between the United States and Mexico. "This shutdown is squeezing the finances of so many Americans, including thousands of federal workers who live in Virginia". According to Rubio, Democrat leaders are trying to avoid a vote on his bill because it would expose how many Democrat BDS supporters are now in the Senate.

The U.S. House of Representatives on Wednesday passed legislation to end a partial shutdown of the Treasury Department and some other agencies, but without any money for President Donald Trump's border wall. The shutdown's resolution has been hampered in part by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D., Calif.) and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D., N.Y.), who are resistant to compromise on a spending bill that allocates any new funding for the wall. A deal with the White House, he said late last month, "should not be an impossible feat, given that Democrats have voted in the past for a wall".

Senate Democrats have blocked the first Republican bill of the new Congress - a bipartisan package that includes measures supporting Israel and Jordan.

Democrats voting for the cloture motion included Sens.

"There was a very negative reaction by the American public, and the American public today overwhelmingly believes the policy being pursued", Hoyer 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.

Saudi Arabia to slash oil exports after price slide
OPEC and its allies decided last month to cut their overall output by 1.2 million bpd starting January to shore up sliding prices. Saudi Arabia , the world's top oil exporter, is the third biggest crude producer after the United States and Russian Federation .

Opponents say Rubio's measure infringes on free speech. Sen.

Matt Brooks, the CEO of the Republican Jewish Coalition, said the GOP leadership thought it worthwhile to pass noncontroversial legislation while the border wall issue remains unresolved. Ben Cardin, D-Md., said on Twitter that the boycotts were not the issue at hand right now.

"If they are working to protect America, they should be getting their paychecks on time".

McConnell spokesman Don Stewart said in response, "It would be a stunning reversal for Sen".

"I nearly never use these types of procedures, but this is extraordinary to be meeting like this while a good part of the government is shut down", Cardin said Monday in an interview.

Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., agreed that reopening the government is the main priority but added that the bill itself is an affront to the First Amendment.

"We envision a three-to-five-year battle", Fred Wertheimer, the president of the campaign finance reform group Democracy 21, said at a press conference where 69 activist groups announced support for the For the People Act on Wednesday.

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