Friday, 18 January, 2019

Senate Democrats Consider Blocking All Legislation Until Shutdown Ends

Rashida Tlaib and Jan Schakowsky Democrat Rashida Tlaib Blasted for Antisemitic Tweet ‘They Forgot What Country They Represent’ Chip Somodevilla Getty7 Jan 2019
Melinda Barton | 10 January, 2019, 19:28

Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) on January 7 introduced S. 1 along with Senators James Risch (R-ID), Cory Gardner (R-CO), and Mitch McConnell (R-KY), but the bill was stalled on Tuesday when a motion to invoke cloture and vote on final passage failed to gain the required 3/5 majority.

Passage of the Treasury spending bill would be followed Thursday and Friday with House votes on spending bills to fund the Agriculture, Interior, Transportation and Housing and Urban Development departments, which together oversee programs including food stamps, housing vouchers, assistance to farmers and traffic safety.

That's one more Republican than the number of Republicans who supported a similar bill last week.

In the House, Representative Eliot Engel, a New York Democrat and chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee, is pushing the Syria provisions as a separate bill.

Senator Chuck Schumer, leader of the Senate Democrats, called the president's exit a "temper tantrum" and said Trump "slammed the table" before he stormed out.

Trump plans to visit Senate Republicans at the Capitol on Wednesday before meeting with Democratic leaders at the White House.

Sen. Ben Cardin, D-Md., tweeted that the Senate "should not take up any bills unrelated to reopening the government" until the shutdown is resolved.

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.

Eight Republicans including Reps. "Let's get our priorities right", the senator continued.

But Democrats were split over the addition of Republican Sen.

Senate Republicans, of course, don't want to be forced to vote to keep the federal government closed, and would prefer simply to hide behind Trump. "A couple", he responded, before adding, "but they're with us all the way".

Both sides were squaring off ahead of Tuesday's votes.

Democratic Rep. Raja Krishnamoorthi of IL said the President's speech was "completely inconsistent with reality", arguing it's something he would expect to hear at a rally, not in the Oval Office. Democrats - who control the House after an election they interpret as a repudiation of Trump's anti-immigrant message - were not showing signs of cracking in their resolve.

"It's an insult to the families of all of those victims of crime (and) the opioid crisis, which is so real in nearly every community in this country", he told reporters.

According to Democratic leaders Sen. Dianne Feinstein's office pointed me to a statement on her website that reiterated her "strong support for Israel" and described Rubio's bill as unconstitutional. Republicans now hold a 53-47 majority in the Senate and would need Democratic votes to advance the measure over the 60-vote threshold. "I don't anticipate him changing his position here, I think he's going to hold tough". "Pretty soon these goalposts won't even be in the stadium".

The moves amounted to an increasingly calculated and confrontational strategy from congressional Democrats as the shutdown over President Donald Trump's demands for money for a wall on the Mexican border entered its third week.