Democrats block Middle East bill in the Senate over shutdown

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

A recently sworn-in Democratic congresswoman found herself in hot-water for the second time this week; reportedly using an "anti-Semitic slur" on social media after calling President Trump a 'motherf***er'. Tlaib and Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., are the only Democrats in either chamber of Congress to voice support for the BDS movement.

Rep. Gerald Connolly, D-Va., said his voters don't want him to just give up and give Trump his wall money so they can get their paychecks and go back to work.

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.

Negotiations over the spending impasse are expected to continue Wednesday when top Senate and House Democratic and Republican leaders are set to meet at the White House to discuss the shutdown, according to multiple congressional sources. The move is meant to call out Republican tactics to move forward on Trump's border wall between the United States and Mexico.

More than 800,000 federal employees are impacted by the shutdown, including more than 420,000 employees who are on unpaid furlough, and 380,000 "essential" bureaucrats working without pay.

Republican Senators Marco Rubio, James Risch, Cory Gardner, and Mitch McConnell proposed the Senate's first 2019 bill, S.B.1, "Strengthening America's Security in the Middle East Act of 2019".

House Democrats passed a bill to reopen the IRS and Treasury Department, pressuring Republicans to break from President Donald Trump and end the partial government shutdown without funding the president's $5.7 billion request for a border wall. Schumer is pushing his caucus to block the Middle East bill - the portentously numbered S.1 - through a filibuster when it comes to the Senate floor on Tuesday evening, shortly before Trump is to address the nation and make his case for the border wall.

Even if such votes fail and the bill's odds in the Senate are poor, he said he thinks the effort will help inform the public about which party wants to enact campaign finance, election and ethics reforms.

Imagine the outrage if Democrats introduced a bill that would protect state and local governments who wanted to refuse to do business with Christian organizations because those organizations don't support gay marriage and Republicans refused to vote for the bill.

"This was the message that Democrats ran on and won in 2018 ― fixing our broken democracy ― and we intend to keep the promise to the American people", Udall said. That bill passed through a Republican House, cleared a Senate that Democrats controlled by just two votes and was signed by a Republican president. "This shutdown is squeezing the finances of so many Americans, including thousands of federal workers who live in Virginia". He said the White House ignored those statistics when issuing the updated request. Last week, seven House Republicans voted with Democrats on a package of bills to reopen the government without an immediate resolution on the wall. "We ought to pass bills that we believe are good policy".

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