Senate Anti BDS Legislation Stops 4 Votes Short of 60

Senate Majority Leader Mitch Mc Connell of Ky. arrives on Capitol Hill in Washington as the 116th Congress begins. Senate

Democratic Senator Chris Murphy questioned Rubio's assertion that Democrats voted against moving forward with the bill due to a "significant [number] of Senate Democrats [who] now support BDS" and that the party's leaders "want to avoid a floor vote that reveals that".

Punishment aimed at companies that choose to boycott Israel can also sweep up individual American citizens in its punitive net because individual contractors often work for state or local governments under the auspices of a sole proprietorship or some other business entity.

Trump meets with Senate Republicans Wednesday on Capitol Hill just hours after he argued on national television that a border wall was needed to resolve a security and humanitarian "crisis".

Sen. Dianne Feinstein's (D-CA) office pointed Braunstein to the senator's previous statemen tof "strong support for Israel", but described the anti-BDS bill as unconstitutional. Sen.

The Jewish Democratic Council of America supported the Senate Democrats on the vote, tweeting shortly after that they are "right to insist on reopening the government and ending the #Trumpshutdown".

Some Republicans accused Democrats of supporting the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement targeting Israel over its treatment of the Palestinians, which they see as anti-Semitic. While the movement doesn't admit as much, the movement seeks to erode Israel's right to exist.

Trump has demanded $5.7 billion in funding, but Democratic leaders say they won't pass a bill that pays for his wall.

On Monday, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer of NY told fellow Democrats he would vote to block debate on the measure until McConnell agrees to take up House-passed bills to reopen the closed government departments.

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The highlights of the actual legislative package up for debate Tuesday, which is being led by Florida GOP Sen. In an interview, she noted that the four components of S.1 - the bill also expands sanctions on Syria's Assad regime and strengthens the U.S. -Jordan alliance - were under consideration in the previous Congress, when Republicans controlled the Senate, the White House and the U.S. House of Representatives.

"The administration can not shut the government down and then plead "government shutdown" as a way to avoid doing its legal responsibilities", said Democratic Representative Jamie Raskin.

"McConnell has the ability to put these bills on the floor and say to the president of the United States, 'We're an independent branch, we're not the president's handmaids, ' " Hoyer added.

"I expected these actions to be a big bipartisan vote, not a partisan showdown", he said.

"The problem right now is that there are those who feel very passionately that we should not do anything unless the government is open", Menendez told Al Jazeera.

"They forgot what country they represent", Tlaib, a Palestinian American, wrote on Twitter Sunday.

Speaking in a dimly lit room, Tlaib told a cheering crowd that she had told one of her young sons: 'We're going to impeach the motherf***er!'

"I've worked closely with you on BDS, @MarcoRubio, and disagree with you here".

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