The US government is now entering its third week of a shutdown as President Donald Trump has refused to sign any funding legislation that does not include $5 billion for a border wall with Mexico.
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. Rep. Pete King, who voted in support of last week's omnibus, opted to oppose the Financial Services bill on Wednesday.
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.
However, President Trump has threatened to veto any bill without border wall funding, which means more senators would need to flip.
"McConnell has the ability to put these bills on the floor and say to the president of the United States, 'We're an independent branch, we're not the president's handmaids, ' " Hoyer added.
Speaking in a dimly lit room, Tlaib told a cheering crowd that she had told one of her young sons: 'We're going to impeach the motherf***er!'
Hours before Trump's brief meeting with Democrats at the White House, his message to a handful of frustrated Republicans anxious about the blowback from the shutdown was to "hang together" until he can get billions in wall funding.
Senators got the sense on Wednesday that Trump will fight for the wall indefinitely.
But Democrats say the stalemate over Trump's demand for $5.7 billion to build a wall on the border with Mexico worsened over the weekend after the White House issued an updated list of demands that includes 234 miles of new steel wall. "As Democrats increasingly turn on Israel, Jewish liberals, many of whom have already purposely muddled Jewish values with progressive ones, are attempting to untether Israel from its central role in Jewish culture and faith for political expediency", Harsanyi writes. "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. "Or maybe they're just making it up as they go along".
"The facts are clear: President Trump has the power to stop hurting the country by reopening the government and ending the Trump Shutdown", Pelosi and Schumer said.
Democrats held a series of press conferences around the Capitol flanked by furloughed federal workers, blaming the president for upending the lives of hundreds of thousands of them and even more contractors.
"I've worked closely with you on BDS, @MarcoRubio, and disagree with you here".
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