McConnell accuses Democrats of throwing 'partisan tantrum' over shutdown

Saul Bowman
Января 12, 2019

"It's absurd that the first bill during the (US government) shutdown is legislation which punishes Americans who exercise their constitutional right to engage in political activity", wrote Sanders.

Trump has refused to back down from his demand for a wall.

On Wednesday, House lawmakers including eight Republicans passed a bill to end the shutdown of the Treasury Department and other agencies, without money for the wall. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer has announced he would oppose passing the bill and even Sen. The legislation would ensure that members of the federal workforce deemed "essential" to national security and certain government functions-"air traffic controllers, Border Patrol agents, and federal law enforcement officials, among others"-who need to work through the shutdown are paid".

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.

It also comes amid a partial government shutdown over funding for U.S. President Donald Trump's border wall which is now in its 18th day.

"Tonight, President Trump reaffirmed his commitment to addressing the humanitarian and security crisis at our nation's southern border", he said.

"Anti-Semitism can't be tolerated in any way, shape, or form", he said.

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Now, the Republican-controlled U.S. Senate is attempting to do something much larger than mere block-to-block fighting-the very first bill of the new session, loaded with symbolic significance and sponsored by Marco Rubio (and supported by many Democrats), has nothing to do with improving the lives of ordinary Americans. They tweeted this weekend that the Senate should postpone consideration of any legislation that does not pertain to reopening the government.

Opponents say Rubio's measure infringes on free speech. Sen.

Hours before Trump's brief meeting with Democrats at the White House, his message to a handful of frustrated Republicans anxious about the blowback from the shutdown was to "hang together" until he can get billions in wall funding. Pence and Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen planned to visit Capitol Hill on Tuesday evening to brief House Republicans ahead of this week's votes, part of an effort by the administration to keep Republicans in line and make the case for spending $5.7 billion to build more than 200 miles of wall along the border.

"As I said on the night the partial government shutdown began, I do not think shutting down the government is ever the right answer", Gardner said on January 3.

House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, D-Md., said a new batch of polling shows voters back Democrats or want a compromise now.

First and foremost, it's a great messaging opportunity to highlight the differences between Democratic and Republican governing strategies.

On Wednesday, Gibbs said it is paramount for Congress to act and ensure individuals "working to protect America and the lives of our citizens" receive "their paychecks on time". Last week, seven House Republicans voted with Democrats on a package of bills to reopen the government without an immediate resolution on the wall.

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