Published: Sat, January 12, 2019
Worldwide | By Myra Stephens

Manchin: US Has No Better Ally Than Israel

Manchin: US Has No Better Ally Than Israel

Scott Tipton and Virginia Rep. Morgan Griffith, introduced legislation that would require federal workers be paid during the partial shutdown.

"I expected these actions to be a big bipartisan vote, not a partisan showdown", he said. This time, however, Republican Senate leader Mitch McConnell has blocked those bills, refusing to take up measures the president won't sign.

Democrats plan to double down on that message this week as they begin to individually move the bills they packaged together last week. The first spending bill voted on covered financial services, such as the Treasury Department and the IRS.

"Condemning backers of the Senate bill as "betrayers of the Constitution" in a blog post on Tuesday, Juan Cole of Informed Comment pointed out that "[e] conomic boycotts have been part and parcel of American political striving for liberty from the beginning. The president said last week that the shutdown, which affects a quarter of the federal government, could go on for "years".

On Friday, the House will vote on the Transportation appropriations bill.

President Donald Trump insisted on a $5 billion appropriation to build a wall on the border between the USA and Mexico, which the Democrats rejected. "Let me be clear: these are Republican bills".

Pence also will meet with Senate Republicans on Wednesday.

The vote occurred a few hours before Trump was set to give a nationally televised address from the Oval Office, when he will advocate for the wall.

Rubio also accused Sanders of "lying" about his bill, insisting that the legislation "doesn't punish any political activity".

"But we will try again later this week", Rubio said. "We won't be doing pieces".

"I anticipate this body will debate US military strategy toward Syria in the coming weeks, as it conducts oversight over the administration's, apparently, ongoing review of its Syria policies", McConnell, a Kentucky Republican, said while voicing his support of the legislation last week.

Only three other Republican Senators have said the shutdown should end: Susan Collins, Cory Gardner, and Thom Tillis.

Tlaib responded to Rubio by clarifying that her "they" referred to "U.S. Senators like yourself, who are seeking to strip Americans of their Constitutional right to free speech".

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.

Republicans hold a slim majority in the Senate and would need Democratic votes to advance the measure over the 60-vote threshold.

Democrats, led by Sens.

Other Democratic senators who also support the bills will likely follow suit. That final piece of the package would authorize the general counsel on behalf of the speaker to intervene in the Texas v. Specifically, it calls for the denial of government contracts to those that boycott Israel to protect Palestinian human rights. And he's still threatening to declare a national emergency to circumvent Congress if he can't get the wall money from them.

The movement's goals are to stop Israel's occupation of the Palestinian territories, grant of full citizenship rights to Palestinians in Israel and ensure Palestinian refugees' right of return to the homes that they or their families were expelled from to make way for the formation of the state of Israel.

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