US Senator calls anti-BDS act unconstitutional

US Senator calls anti-BDS act unconstitutional

"States don't have the "right" to punish individuals for participating in political boycotts the government doesn't agree with, which this bill encourages them to do", the ACLU tweeted, adding, "whatever your views on BDS, we all should be able to agree that the government has no business telling us which causes we can or cannot support".

Similarly, the Senate seems to have chosen to prioritise the interests of a foreign country in the first days of 2019, instead of bills that would have a positive impact on the lives of Americans. The motion failed on a vote of 57-43.

"If it was so important for Senator McConnell to pass this legislation in the 115th Congress, he could have done so at any time", Soifer said, referring to the nearly limitless power of the majority leader to advance legislation. Doug Jones of Alabama, Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona, Bob Menendez of New Jersey, and Joe Manchin of West Virginia.

Still, the lead Democrat championing anti-BDS legislation, Sen.

"The administration can not shut the government down and then plead "government shutdown" as a way to avoid doing its legal responsibilities", said Democratic Representative Jamie Raskin.

The movement among Democrats to oppose any bills that didn't end the shutdown began over the weekend after Maryland Senator Chris Van Hollen said in a tweet that Senate Democrats should block consideration of any other legislation until McConnell of Kentucky allowed a vote on the bills passed by the House to open the government.

"Let's face it; it's not as if Rashida Tlaib (D-MI), who believes "Palestine" should replace Israel on the map, is merely unhappy about Benjamin Netanyahu's policies", he wrote in a January 8 op-ed.

S.1 - the bill that includes the so-called "Combating BDS Act" has failed to clear the 60-vote hurdle to advance in a vote on Tuesday, January 8 (vote was 56-44) and again on Thursday, January 10 (53-43), with the vast majority of the Democratic caucus voting against advancing the bill.

A group of Republican lawmakers on Wednesday introduced legislation to ensure that law enforcement and "essential personnel" who work during the partial government shutdown are paid.

Each day this week, the House will vote on bills to fund shuttered parts of the government.

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Nevertheless, Democrats say they will block the bill until the government is re-opened.

'This is the USA where boycotting is a right & part of our historical fight for freedom & equality.

"Democrats don't want to move to Middle East Security Bill".

A huge argument broke out at Senate Dem meeting last week over BDS. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has not indicated a willingness to bring the bill up for a vote.

While spokesmen for Sanders and Cardin didn't respond to a request for comment, a Senate Democratic aide, who asked not to be identified, said the BDS provision was irrelevant to the shutdown issue.

The pro-Israel legislation did not pass in the last Congress, and has been reintroduced by Republican Senator Marco Rubio, from Florida.

"You're missing the point".

Later this week, the House will vote on bills covering national parks, and housing and transportation, as well as agriculture - which administers the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, more colloquially referred to as SNAP or food stamps. Ben Cardin, "This is a crisis - Americans are suffering for it".

"Agreed. This isn't business as usual", replied Sen. Reopening the govt must be our first priority.

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