GOP Reps Introduce Bill to Pay Law Enforcement, Essential Personnel During Shutdown

GOP Reps Introduce Bill to Pay Law Enforcement, Essential Personnel During Shutdown

Democrats and President Trump are launching an aggressive public relations campaign in hopes of winning popular support as the 18-day partial government shutdown drags on with no resolution in sight.

The proposed anti-BDS legislation is one of four bills combined into one-the Strengthening America's Security in the Middle East Act-introduced on Thursday by Sens.

Almost all Senate Democrats voted against proceeding debate on the bill, including lawmakers how have previously supported legislation against BDS and in favor of continued security assistance to Israel.

Nineteen days into a government shutdown over his demand for $5.7 billion for a border wall, President Trump on Wednesday abruptly walked out of a meeting with Democratic leaders in Congress and batted away concerns from Republican senators about the political fallout of the impasse. "We shouldn't be forcing these men and women to shoulder the burden of Democrats' unwillingness to work with GOP to solve the humanitarian and security crisis on our southern border", said Ohio Rep.

Three weeks into a government shutdown that has 800,000 government workers out of work and without paychecks, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, Democrat of NY, said his caucus will not vote in favor of any bills until the crisis passes.

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

Republicans are in a bind: Polls show Americans blaming US President Donald Trump for the third week of a government shutdown, and the administration is mired in confusion over its Middle East policy.

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The legislation would punish companies that take part in the "Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions" (BDS) global movement against Israel, which seeks to pressure the Jewish state through economic and other means.

These sorts of bills have been declared unconstitutional on First Amendment grounds by two different federal courts, but if a test case is ever appealed up to the Supreme Court, the outcome would be much less certain.

Just four Democrats voted to advance S.1 on Tuesday: Sens.

Earlier this week, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) said the anti-BDS measure's inclusion in the wider bill "sends a message to Americans that they will be penalised if they dare to disagree with their government".

"The AFL-CIO calls on all senators to reject consideration of any bills or business unrelated to opening the government", Trumka said. "But we will try again later this week", Rubio 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. 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. It protects the right of local & state govts that decide to no longer do business with those who boycott #Israel. "It's just that there's no particular role for me when you have this setup", noting that he had a different role in the government shutdown that took place when Obama was in office.

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