Wednesday, 16 January, 2019

Congresswoman Accused of 'Anti-Semitic Slur' after Calling Trump 'Motherf***er'

Democrats Say They're Stopping A Pro-Israel Bill So They Can Reopen The Government. They're Doing It Because Democrats Have Soured On Israel And Warmed To Anti-Semitism. Marco Rubio: Rashida Tlaib's Dual Loyality Suggestion 'anti-Semitic'
Deanna Wagner | 10 January, 2019, 19:27

"We all know what is necessary to move past the funding impasse: A negotiated solution that can pass the House, earn sixty votes in the Senate, and which invests enough in border security to earn the president's signature", McConnell said.

Democrats voting for the cloture motion included Sens.

The $23.7 billion measure is not expected to advance any farther in the legislative process, with Senate Republicans vowing to block it from a vote in the upper chamber and the White House threatening to veto the bill if it ends up on the Resolute Desk.

Members of the Senate Democratic caucus, including Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer of NY, came to support the strategy, which Van Hollen was pushing over the weekend.

Other Democratic senators who supported the substance of the bill followed suit.

Eight Republicans joined a Democratic majority Wednesday night to approve a vote on the Financial Services & General Government spending bill by a tally of 240-188.

US House Representative Rashida Tlaib participates in a ceremonial swearing-in at the start of the 116th Congress at the US Capitol in Washington, DC, January 3, 2019.

White House: Tax returns will be sent out despite government shutdown
Millions of U.S. taxpayers will still receive refunds despite an ongoing partial government shutdown , the White House has said. Those who need the refunds the most are also usually among the first to file during the January to April tax season.

"They forgot what country they represent".

The Kentucky legislator said last week that the Senate would not discuss any bill to end the shutdown that Trump would not sign. Several states are facing lawsuits after taking action against workers supporting BDS boycotts of Israel.

Independent Senator Bernie Sanders criticised the measure on Twitter for punishing "Americans who exercise their constitutional right to engage in political activity". "Let's get our priorities right", the senator continued. It protects state and local governments, as well as employee benefit plan staff, who want to avoid doing business with entities engaged in "commerce-related or investment-related boycott, divestment, or sanctions activity in the course of interstate or global commerce that is meant to penalize, inflict economic harm on, or otherwise limit commercial relations with Israel or persons doing business in Israel or Israeli-controlled territories". In his remarks, McConnell rattled off a list of prominent Democrats, including Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama, Joe Biden, and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer who he said had previously backed border security legislation "with enthusiasm" in 2006.

Hours before the White House meeting, both sides remained dug in.

The anti-BDS legislation has been fiercely criticised by civil rights organisations such as the American Civil Liberties Union as well as by progressives and liberals across the country.

According to the Endowment for Middle East Truth (EMET), opponents of the bill falsely claimed that it infringes upon free speech, even though the text of the bill itself plainly states "Nothing in this title shall be construed to infringe upon any right protected under the First Amendment to the Constitution of the United States". "Nor do Jews constitute a single nation with an identity of its own; they are citizens of the states to which they belong.' This, it seems, is now also the position of a number of Democrats", Harsanyi charged.