Democratic Senator Chris Murphy questioned Rubio's assertion that Democrats voted against moving forward with the bill due to a "significant [number] of Senate Democrats [who] now support BDS" and that the party's leaders "want to avoid a floor vote that reveals that".
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.
"This is the challenge we have: Democrats who say, 'I can't talk about anything until the government is open, '" he added.
WASHINGTON - A bill that would codify a defense memorandum of understanding with Israel and support state and local efforts to combat the BDS movement failed to proceed in the Senate on Tuesday, stalled by Democrats who insist on reopening the government before passing any nonessential legislation.
The BDS movement is a global boycott of all things Israeli in order to end worldwide support for Israel's oppression of Palestinians and pressure Israel to comply with worldwide law. "They are also racist, aimed at keeping brown Palestinians down".
The Democratic-controlled House voted 240-188 on Wednesday to approve the funding bill, which also would reopen the Federal Communications Commission, the Small Business Administration and the federal judiciary, among other agencies. "It's unfortunate Leader McConnell and others have made a decision to use Israel to play politics".
U.S. President Donald Trump walked out of a meeting with congressional leaders on Wednesday as both parties returned to the White House for another round of negotiations on the ongoing partial government shutdown.
Marco Rubio calls out Democrats for hiding anti-Israel support for BDS under cover of government shutdown
Critics of the bill claim that it is unconstitutional and violates the First Amendment.
"The 116th Congress continues now under this cloud of a partial government shutdown, and it is for one reason and one reason only, and that is the Democrats continue to put their political agenda ahead of the security of our country", Mr. Graves said. Republicans will control the Senate 53-47, and 60 votes are required to move the legislation forward.
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.
"The AFL-CIO calls on all senators to reject consideration of any bills or business unrelated to opening the government", Trumka said.
"They're obviously going to try to make us take votes", the Kentucky Republican said of the Democrats, "but we're for it, and we should have handled that better during the election time".
Two Federalist contributors, Ellie Bufkin and Melissa Langsam Braunstein, reached out to every Democrat senator (plus the two "Independents" who caucus with the Democrats) earlier this week to ask for their position on BDS. Several states are facing lawsuits after taking action against workers supporting BDS boycotts of Israel.More news: Botched Manafort court filing makes public bombshell allegations in ongoing Mueller investigation
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