Sen. Rubio, however, argued that Democrats remain defiant toward his proposed legislation, because "a significant [number] of Senate Democrats now support BDS", and that leaders within the Democratic Party want to avoid a floor vote that would reveal their support for the BDS movement's discriminatory economic warfare against Israel. It includes two measures popular with the centrist and right-wing pro-Israel communities: One codifies $38 billion in defense assistance for Israel for the next 10 years, the other protects states that pass bills targeting Israel boycotters from being sued. National Security Adviser John Bolton is in Turkey and was set to meet with officials Tuesday.
But Democrats characterized the vote as a signal of whether Republicans actually support protecting pre-existing conditions, as they asserted throughout the 2018 midterm campaign season.
"This is the challenge we have: Democrats who say, 'I can't talk about anything until the government is open, '" he added.
Last week, seven House Republicans broke ranks and voted with Democrats on a package of appropriations bills that reopened most of government without funding the wall, a number that could have been higher but for personal intervention by Vice President Pence, who called a number of Republicans to urge them to vote "no" on the Democrats' bills.
Prominent Senator Diane Feinstein voiced concern Tuesday over legislation that seeks to counter the global Boycott, Divest and Sanctions (BDS) movement against Israel, Anadolu reports. It is also aimed at tackling the anti-Israel BDS movement.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) failed in his first significant legislative test of 2019, on January 8, coming up three votes short of the 60 needed to take up debate on Middle East policy proposals instead of Democratic bills to end the government shutdown.
Laurie Cardoza-Moore, resident of Proclaiming Justice to the Nations, finds the lack of support for Rubio's bill outrageous.
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That effort is created to squeeze Senate Republicans, some of whom are growing increasingly anxious about the extended shutdown. Such a move would seem certain to draw legal challenges. "How about he says, 'the wall is being built" and there's no wall.
"They're obviously going to try to make us take votes", the Kentucky Republican said of the Democrats, "but we're for it, and we should have handled that better during the election time".
House Democrats continued to flex their majority muscles Wednesday, pushing through measures created to put some heat on their Republican colleagues amid the partial government shutdown and on perennial policy priorities like health care.
Leaving aside these two representatives' real views, which I oppose, it's unsafe for democracy if officials blatantly lie to their constituents about issues that can change votes.
Earlier this week, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) said the anti-BDS measure's inclusion in the wider bill "sends a message to Americans that they will be penalised if they dare to disagree with their government".
The U.S. House of Representatives on Wednesday passed legislation to end a partial shutdown of the Treasury Department and some other agencies, but without any money for President Donald Trump's border wall. "Maybe a refresher on our US 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.
"This is the mentality of these people: They hate Israel", she says bluntly.
"Right now if I did something that was foolish like gave up on border security, the first ones that would hit me are my senators".