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

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

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".

The most contentious aspect of the bill, however, would introduce protections for states' ability to pass laws created to thwart the BDS movement targeting Israel.

Rashida Tlaib on Democracy Now! The bill was supported only by 56 out of 100 senators, while 60 votes were needed for further consideration of the bill.

On Monday, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer of NY told fellow Democrats he would vote to block debate on the measure until McConnell agrees to take up House-passed bills to reopen the closed government departments.

United States Senator Bernie Sanders has slammed the "absurd" introduction of a bill targeting the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement, as the USA government shutdown continues.

Senate Republicans, of course, don't want to be forced to vote to keep the federal government closed, and would prefer simply to hide behind Trump. Let's get our priorities right'. "It ensures Israel has the means necessary to defend itself-by itself-against growing threats and helps protect the right of states to counter boycotts against Israel".

Democrats plan to vote against the measure to pressure Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., to pass legislation funding the government, according to a senior Senate Democratic aide who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss party strategy.

The bill appears unlikely to move forward after Democrats took a stand against passing any legislation before the government is reopened.

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The bill, which normally would receive bipartisan support in the past has a new twist this year, which places many Democrats in the caucus in an uncomfortable position. While the movement doesn't admit as much, the movement seeks to erode Israel's right to exist. Ebola has never been a recorded problem with immigration involving the United States' southern border, but an official report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention did support his claims that security checks on worldwide travelers helped stanch the disease's spread in 2014.

"I think that the particular goal for [BDS] is to put pressure, and I think that that pressure is really counteractive. Well, I hope that isn't the case", McConnell said.

"Anything less would constitute opposing important legislation they previously supported", said the organization's Action Fund chairwoman Sandra Parker.

'This is the USA where boycotting is a right & part of our historical fight for freedom & equality.

To which Senator Marco Rubio tweeted: 'This is a lie.

Sen. Rubio accused Tlaib's criticism of his bill as "anti-Semitic": "This "dual loyalty" canard is a typical anti-Semitic line #BDS isn't about freedom & equality, it's about destroying #Israel And if boycotting #Israel is constitutionally protected, then boycotting companies that boycott #Israel is also constitutionally protected".

Tlaib later hit back at Rubio, saying: 'Sen.

"I'm hoping that they will", the senator remarked. "So, for me, that is why they have forgotten what country that we are, you know, representing". "It's called the "Combatting BDS Act" ..." "I just wish the United States senators that are in power, that are in leadership right now, would not be so focused on taking away our rights and be focused on helping the thousands of families, millions going on the 18th day that are impacted by this government shutdown".