Published: Thu, January 10, 2019
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

US Senate Democrats Block Bill on New Sanctions Against Syria Over Shutdown

US Senate Democrats Block Bill on New Sanctions Against Syria Over Shutdown

The bill is unlikely to move forward in the Republican-controlled Senate, where Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has dismissed it as political theater. It includes two measures popular with the centrist and right-wing pro-Israel communities: One codifies $38 billion in defense assistance for Israel for the next 10 years, the other protects states that pass bills targeting Israel boycotters from being sued.

President Trump is holding America hostage as he demands taxpayers fund his border wall, refusing to reopen the government until he gets his cash. Rep. Pete King, who voted in support of last week's omnibus, opted to oppose the Financial Services bill on Wednesday.

Senate Democrats blocked new sanctions on Syria, saying they won't vote to consider the penalties until the GOP-led chamber takes up legislation to open closed government agencies.

Sen. Ben Cardin of Maryland said the bills were uncontroversial and were broadly supported by Republicans in the past.

Some Republicans accused Democrats of supporting the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement targeting Israel over its treatment of the Palestinians, which they see as anti-Semitic. Highly controversial among liberals and progressives, the BDS movement aims at ending the Israeli occupation of Palestinian territory and ensuring full equality for Palestinian citizens.

'Good chance' Kitchens will be Browns' head coach
Kitchens was the last candidate to interview for the head coaching vacancy, which came Monday, January 7. ESPN's Chris Mortensen reports the team will promote offensive coordinator Freddie Kitchens to the role.

"Senator Schumer will vote against proceeding to S.1 because Senate Republicans should instead bring to floor the bi-partisan House-passed bills to reopen the government", Schumer's spokesman, Angelo Roefaro, told JTA in an email.

Supporters of this bill argue that it is not about prohibiting free speech or political activity, but about prohibiting discrimination.

Critics of the bill claim that it is unconstitutional and violates the First Amendment.

"As this really hits home as this first paycheck is going to be missed, we think Republicans are starting to respond and understand we need a comprehensive immigration reform plan, we need to have the discussion about national security, but not while holding our federal employees hostage", said Rep. Katherine Clark, D-Mass.

Democrats voting for the cloture motion included Sens. Ben Cardin's office emailed Cardin's official comment: "We should not stand idle when foreign countries or global governmental organizations use BDS tactics to isolate one of our key allies and bypass direct negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians".

Seven killed after fiery crash, petrol spill on Florida motorway
Authorities said their top priority was identifying the victims so they can notify their relatives. Authorities said the fire was ignited after about 50 gallons of diesel spilled onto the highway.

House Democrats continued to flex their majority muscles Wednesday, pushing through measures created to put some heat on their Republican colleagues amid the partial government shutdown and on perennial policy priorities like health care.

The Anti-Defamation League released a statement in response to Tlaib's tweet: 'Representative Tlaib's tweet regarding the pending bill on the Senate floor has been interpreted by some as suggesting that Jews or Members of Congress, such as the sponsors of the bill, are more loyal to Israel than to their own country, ' the organization said.

"This is the mentality of these people: They hate Israel", she says bluntly.

"I said bye-bye, nothing else works!" the president tweeted.

Kim, Trump to meet again
Beyond confirming his presence in Beijing , no details have been provided by either North Korea or China on his schedule. Trump has pressed ahead with a second summit to resolve the dispute.

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