McConnell Fails On First Big Test of 2019 As Senate Still Stalemated

US Senator calls anti-BDS act unconstitutional

Marco Rubio: Rashida Tlaib's Dual Loyality Suggestion 'anti-Semitic'

"Democrats and an increasing number of Republicans in Congress have repeatedly urged the President and Leader McConnell to end the Trump Shutdown and re-open the government while Congress debates the President's expensive and ineffective wall", Schumer and Pelosi said in a statement on Tuesday.

"We all agree that we need to secure our borders, while honoring our values: We can build the infrastructure and roads at our ports of entry", Pelosi said.

Steamtown National Historic Site remains temporarily closed due to government shutdown in Scranton, Pa., on Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2019.

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.

Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.), who officially became the first Palestinian-American congresswoman last week, was accused Monday of perpetuating historically anti-Semitic sentiments.

The vote occurred a few hours before Trump was set to give a nationally televised address from the Oval Office, when he will advocate for the wall. But Democrats are split over the addition of Republican Sen.

"I expected these actions to be a big bipartisan vote, not a partisan showdown", he said. Citing the Syria sanctions component of his bill, he mocked Democrats who ridiculed Trump's confusing Syria policy - the president has said he will pull troops out of Syria, while his top aides have said there is no schedule to do so.

After Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) delayed until Thursday afternoon the second procedural vote on a bill that would punish boycotts of Israel, Palestinian rights groups that have condemned the legislation as "unconstitutional" kept up urgent calls for Americans to pressure their senators to block the measure again. "We could reopen much of government where there's no dispute over issues involving certain department like (agriculture), transportation, housing, and interior".

"If they are working to protect America, they should be getting their paychecks on time".

Sen. McConnell, meanwhile, voiced his support for the president's plan in a news release. Cory Booker, D-N.J., Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) slammed an anti-BDS bill introduced last week by Republicans as "absurd". Jeff Merkley, D-Ore., and Thomas Carper, D-Del.

McConnell spokesman Don Stewart said in response, "It would be a stunning reversal for Sen".

"The problem right now is that there are those who feel very passionately that we should not do anything unless the government is open", Menendez told Al Jazeera.

"They forgot what country they represent", posted Tlaib after GOP leaders stopped legislation that would punish USA companies that boycott Israel. 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. The president long claimed that Mexico would pay for the border wall, something that country has consistently said it would not do. "And I think it's highly irresponsible for Congress to write a check, a $6 billion-dollar check, in effect to help him get out of the corner he's boxed himself into with this political stunt".

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