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Senate Democrats Consider Blocking All Legislation Until Shutdown Ends

10 January 2019

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., dismissed Democrats Tuesday, blaming them for refusing to budge on the wall. Here in Durham, NC, where I live, a "citizen" recently filed a lawsuit attempting to undo a city council resolution ending police exchange programs with Israel using a loophole.

Democrats voting for the cloture motion included Sens.

"The Intercept is reporting that the Senate in its first legislative act will take up a bill that aims to prevent opposition to the Israeli government by allowing state and local governments to boycott any USA companies which are engaged in a boycott against Israel", Goodman said.

Members of the Senate Democratic caucus, including Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer of NY, came to support the strategy, which Van Hollen was pushing over the weekend.

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"Democrats must block consideration of any bills that don't reopen the government".

"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. While some have expressed free speech concerns with the bill, suggesting that companies that boycott Israel are merely expressing their First Amendment rights, the bill itself raises few First Amendment concerns - or at least, it raises concerns only insofar as government anti-discrimination policies with regard to contractors raise First Amendment concerns more generally. "Maybe a refresher on our U.S. Constitution is in order, then get back to opening up our government instead of taking our rights away", Rashida Tlaib, one of the first Muslim women to be elected to Congress, said in a tweet.

The measure tries to counter the global Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS) movement against Israel, which has led to increased boycotts of the Jewish state in support of the Palestinians. A Woodstock-style concert was canceled and some companies stopped offering services in the West Bank settlements.

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". It protects the right of local & state govts that decide to no longer do business with those who boycott #Israel. "We need to go through the system", said conservative Rep. Roger Williams, R-Texas.

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The bill called Strengthening America's Security in the Middle East Act seeks to target Syria and its allies - Russian Federation and Iran - with new sanctions as well as to boost USA security cooperation with Israel and Jordan. We want to keep our journalism open and accessible and be able to keep providing you with news and analyses from the frontlines of Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish World.

What we are witnessing today is the total capitulation by both political parties and the entire U.S. federal government to the state of Israel, which has all but ensured Israel's national interests are now placed well ahead of those of the United States - at least in the decisions made by USA lawmakers.

The anti-BDS legislation has been fiercely criticized by civil rights organizations such as the American Civil Liberties Union as well as by progressives and liberals across the country.

The bill at first had widespread support, but Democrats are split over Florida Republican Sen.

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Senate Democrats Consider Blocking All Legislation Until Shutdown Ends