Senate no place for hatred of U.S. ally Israel

12 January, 2019, 04:18 | Author: Roderick Gutierrez
  • Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer. A senior Senate Democratic aide said Dec. 7 that he would oppose con

In his remarks, McConnell rattled off a list of prominent Democrats, including Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama, Joe Biden, and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer who he said had previously backed border security legislation "with enthusiasm" in 2006.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., accused Democrats Tuesday of operating out of "political spite" by refusing to negotiate with President Trump on border security and threatening to block the Senate from considering any legislation until the end of the partial government shutdown.

"A significant # of Senate Democrats now support #BDS & Dem leaders want to avoid a floor vote that reveals that", Rubio tweeted, referring to the campaign that calls for boycotts, divestments and sanctions against Israeli companies.

Sen. Patty Murray of Washington, the third-ranking Democrat in leadership, said she expects her party's protest to extend to other legislation, as Democrats try to pressure Trump to end the shutdown, now in its 18th day.

Meanwhile, Rep. Steve Scalise, the Republican whip, argued Democrats who say the situation at the border is a "fabricated crisis" are operating in a "denial of reality".

The movement's goals are to stop Israel's occupation of the Palestinian territories, grant of full citizenship rights to Palestinians in Israel and ensure Palestinian refugees' right of return to the homes that they or their families were expelled from to make way for the formation of the state of Israel.

But some Senate Republicans, including several who are up for re-election in purple-leaning states, are uncomfortable with the strategy. Jim Risch, R-Idaho, last week.

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".


Sen. Ben Cardin of Maryland said the bills were uncontroversial and were broadly supported by Republicans in the past.

Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer said Trump asked House Speaker Nancy Pelosi at the meeting whether she would agree to fund his wall. "Let me be clear: these are Republican bills". Jeff Merkley, D-Ore., and Thomas Carper, D-Del.

"As I said on the night the partial government shutdown began, I do not think shutting down the government is ever the right answer", Gardner said on January 3. "We could reopen much of government where there's no dispute over issues involving certain departments like Ag, Transportation, Housing, and Interior".

The federal pay period is scheduled to end on January 11.

And the IRS is taking steps to ensure that tax refunds are paid in the event the shutdown drags on into tax season, Bloomberg News reported yesterday.

"We should pass the bipartisan appropriations bill that includes money for border security while we continue to fight for more border security money".

House Democrats on Friday also unveiled a $12.4 billion disaster supplemental spending bill to address areas affected by hurricanes, wildfires and other natural disasters. "Currently, 79% of Republicans say they sympathize more with Israel than the Palestinians, compared with just 27% of Democrats".

The bill will go before the Senate on Tuesday, and if it passes, it will proceed to the House where it may face a sterner test in front of the Democrat-controlled chamber.

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