McConnell accuses Democrats of throwing 'partisan tantrum' over shutdown

Blanche Robertson
January 10, 2019

In mind, specifically, are those entities that support the BDS movement - short for Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions - a movement that advocates an worldwide boycott of Israel until the sovereign nation acquiesces to pro-Palestine, anti-Israel policies.

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The Senate failed to reach the necessary 60 votes on Tuesday evening to end debate on Republican-introduced legislation that, if enacted, would impose fresh sanctions on Syria, as well as boost security cooperation with Israel and Jordan amid the announced gradual withdrawal of US troops from Syria.

Before President Donald Trump was set to speak to the nation Tuesday night as part of his border security push, Senate Democrats mustered the votes to signal they were not interested in other legislating until there's legislation to reopen the federal government.

The movement among Democrats to oppose any bills that didn't end the shutdown began over the weekend after Maryland Senator Chris Van Hollen said in a tweet that Senate Democrats should block consideration of any other legislation until McConnell of Kentucky allowed a vote on the bills passed by the House to open the government.

This week's action in the House will be coupled by a new Democratic strategy in the Senate, where Democrats were coalescing behind a plan to block any legislation on the floor that doesn't reopen the federal government. "Let's get our priorities right", the senator continued.

On Twitter, Rubio said he would try for another vote to move forward with the bill later this week.

It states it would 'increase protections for state and local governments in the United States that decide to divest from, prohibit investment in, and restrict contracting with companies knowingly engaged in commerce-related or investment-related BDS activity targeting Israel, ' according to Senate Republicans. So boycotting #Israel is a constitutional right, but boycotting those participating in #BDS isn't?

Senate Democrats want Tuesday's main focus to be on the government shutdown and are therefore considering blocking any legislation, unless it includes reopening the government.

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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.

The BDS Movement was launched in 2005 by Palestinians seeking to generate global pressure on Israel to respect Palestinian human rights.

"I think that the particular objective for [BDS] is to put pressure, and I think that that pressure is really counteractive". "I think there's better ways to do it".

"They forgot what country they represent". This is the [United States], where boycotting is a right [and] part of our historical fight for freedom [and] equality.

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

"This "dual loyalty" canard is a typical anti-Semitic line", Rubio wrote, adding that BDS "isn't about freedom & equality, it's about destroying Israel".

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

The congresswoman pushed back against Greenblatt and her critics by saying that "everyone knows what my intent was".

"I'm hoping that they will", the senator remarked. "It's called the "Combatting BDS Act" ..."

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