Brazen Support for BDS: A Troubling First in the New Congress

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In a joint statement Monday night, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., said Democrats must be given equal airtime to rebut Trump, who, "if his past statements are any indication will be full of malice and misinformation". He chose to join forces with the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and launch a lawsuit to challenge an Arkansas law that requires contractors doing business with state-funded institutions to promise not to back such boycotts. Because the boycott movement calls for all Palestinian refugees to be absorbed into Israel, which would mean the end of the Jewish state.

In a tweet, Rubio accused Democrats of misleading about their reasons for blocking a bill he initiated that would fight the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement.

The Democrats' strategy for forcing a Senate vote on funding the government also ran into an unexpected obstacle earlier this week, when Sen.

Maryland Democrat Senator Chris Van Hollen said in a tweet that Democrats "should block consideration of any bills unrelated to opening the government until Sen".

"The U.S. Congress is again at the forefront of the effort to strengthen the U.S. -Israel relationship", said Danny Danon, Israel's United Nations ambassador.

"Today, my friend the Democratic leader [Schumer] is proposing to add a Senate shutdown to the partial federal government shutdown and block even more of the people's business, all to avoid more of what he already voted for", said McConnell, who added "The only things that have changed between then and now are the political winds and of course the occupant of the White House". It protects the right of local & state govts that decide to no longer do business with those who boycott #Israel.

The Senate legislation also would authorize at least $3.3 billion annually through fiscal year 2028 for security assistance for Israel and would reauthorize expedited defense sales to Jordan. "The legislation, like the unconstitutional state anti-boycott laws it condones, sends a message to Americans that they will be penalized if they dare to disagree with their government".

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"The right to free speech is the foundation of our democracy".

The controversy, she claimed, was created to deflect from the government shutdown, which is now in its third week.

"The Senate must reopen the government as the first order of business before proceeding with other bills", Sen.

WASHINGTON ― Senate Democrats on Tuesday filibustered bipartisan foreign policy legislation dealing with several Middle Eastern countries, demanding Republicans first allow a vote on reopening the government before bringing other matters to the floor. Some 800,000 federal workers are about to miss their first paycheck, and money for programs including food stamps and federal housing assistance is at risk of drying up after funding for a quarter of the government ran out December 22.

The final tally was 56-44. Robert Menendez of New Jersey, Joe Manchin of West Virginia, Doug Jones of Alabama, and Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona.

"It's not about free speech".

A growing coalition of Senate Democrats - hailing primarily from states that have a large population of federal workers, as well as the contingent of senators eyeing presidential bids in 2020 - say the chamber should not vote on anything else until the shutdown ends.