House Passes Bill to Fund Agencies Amid Government Shutdown

House Passes Bill to Fund Agencies Amid Government Shutdown

House Passes Bill to Fund Agencies Amid Government Shutdown

One of those bills would provide ample margin for state and local governments to curtail their business with those who actively support boycotts of Israel.

Maryland Democrat Senator Chris Van Hollen said in a tweet that Democrats "should block consideration of any bills unrelated to opening the government until Sen".

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

President Donald Trump insisted on a $5 billion appropriation to build a wall on the border between the US and Mexico, which the Democrats rejected.

But some Republicans are using the Israel angle as a wedge issue. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer has announced he would oppose passing the bill and even Sen.

"I asked what is going to happen in 30 days if I quickly open things up, are you going to approve Border Security which includes a Wall or Steel Barrier? We're giving more powers and more powers to the executive, not just President Trump but many executives before him".

By a vote of 240-188 along mostly partisan lines, the House passed the bill and sent it to the Republican-controlled Senate as part of Democrats' latest strategy to end partial government shutdowns at many federal agencies that began on December 22.

The Republican Jewish Coalition joined in blaming Democrats. "Every day this senseless and manufactured crisis drags on, real families with very real bills are harmed and millions are denied the vital services we deserve".

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The measure, S.1 would direct the Trump administration to impose sanctions on entities doing business with the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, such as selling petroleum products or aircraft parts. "How silly", McConnell said in a speech on the Senate floor.

Rubio, along with Senator James Risch (R-Idaho), last week reintroduced pro-Israel legislation that did not get passed in the last Congress. "He has clearly made a political calculation". Brooks said it was the Democrats who were "playing politics".

Sen. Schatz also claimed that "people are suffering" because of the government shutdown, a claim that leaders in the Democratic Party, as well as the mainstream media, have been echoing in an effort to inculcate a sense of general anxiety among American citizens.

Prominent Senator Diane Feinstein voiced concern Tuesday over legislation that seeks to counter the global Boycott, Divest and Sanctions (BDS) movement against Israel, Anadolu reports.

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. Reed, a co-chairman of the House Problem Solvers Caucus, said he supported the package because it included changes the group had pushed for to make it easier for bipartisan bills to come to the House floor. Republicans will control the Senate 53-47, and 60 votes are required to move the legislation forward.

"I have no idea", Manchin, a Democrat, said.

For his part, Trump was unflinching Wednesday in his position, explaining why he won't agree to reopen parts of government without securing funding for a border wall first.

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