McConnell blocks vote on bills to reopen federal government

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer. A senior Senate Democratic aide said Dec. 7 that he would oppose con

Marco Rubio: Rashida Tlaib's Dual Loyality Suggestion 'anti-Semitic'

But the House plan, which would guarantee to fund for the Department of Homeland Security through February 8, doesn't give a penny to Trump's border wall, and even if the Senate got their act together on this, there's no guarantee Trump would sign it into law.

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., seems to be kowtowing to the radicals in his conference.

Before taking control of the House of Representatives last Thursday, Democrats had said they would investigate Trump on multiple fronts, including ties with Russian Federation, his tax returns and allegations of conflicts of interest.

Earlier this month, Tlaib nabbed headlines for using expletive language to call for the impeachment of President Donald Trump.

The impacts of the shutdown were widening after a weekend of fitful staff-level negotiations at the White House yielded no result.

A partial government shutdown has been in effect for 16 days now.

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.

"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.

Both of their posts criticized Senate Republicans for introducing the pro-Israel bill Strengthening America's Security in the Middle East Act of 2019, instead of proposing legislation to end the now 17-day government shutdown.

Democrats in the US Senate have prevented consideration of a bill on new sanctions against the Syrian government in protest against the ongoing government shutdown. "And basically anti-Semitism cannot be tolerated in any way shape or form - and I'm going to defend Israel every way, every time I can". "We have stated our position". "We could reopen much of government where there's no dispute over issues involving certain department like (agriculture), transportation, housing, and interior".

In any event, the administration isn't alone in contemplating unilateral actions.

The two sides have made no apparent progress in the past week, with Trump sticking to his demand of $5.7 billion for a border barrier and Democrats insisting they won't give him the money. Trump and Vice President Pence are also set to speak with Senate Republicans on Wednesday.

Senator Bob Menendez, a Democrat on the Foreign Relations Committee, said the bill "will come back and it will have very strong bipartisan support".

"I support the policy and the bill", Casey told WESA Monday evening about legislation related to American policy in the Middle East. "Normally I'd vote yes on the bill ..."

McConnell objected to the Democratic request, saying he won't agree to "pointless show votes" on bills Trump won't sign. Republicans now hold a 53-47 majority in the Senate and would need Democratic votes to advance the measure over the 60-vote threshold. Ben Cardin, D-Md., said on Twitter that the boycotts were not the issue at hand right now.

"The Senate should vote on nothing else until we vote to reopen the government. Neither reason is acceptable", tweeted Sen. "This shutdown is squeezing the finances of so many Americans, including thousands of federal workers who live in Virginia". "It's just the Republican leadership that doesn't see it that way".

Democrats voting for the cloture motion included Sens. Kamala Harris, New Jersey Sen. Bernie Sanders do not. "How silly", McConnell said in a speech on the Senate floor.

We also note parenthetically what newly-installed Michigan Democratic Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib added to Sanders' remarks: "They [the sponsors of the anti-BDS legislation] forgot what country they represent".

Schumer, who together with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., will rebut Trump's wall speech, was not biting.

"He's put himself in this box". Brooks said it was the Democrats who were "playing politics".

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