US Senator calls anti-BDS act unconstitutional

US Senator calls anti-BDS act unconstitutional

J Street's President Jeremy Ben-Ami said in a statement: "While millions of Americans suffer from the effects of the ongoing government shutdown, it's outrageous that Senate Republican leaders are prioritizing legislation that tramples on the First Amendment and advances the interests of the Israeli settlement movement".

Democratic congressional leaders are in a stalemate with President Trump that has kept the government partially closed since December 22.

"There is an obvious solution", Schumer said. "Reopen all the government agencies unrelated to border security and let's continue to work to resolve our differences", the New York Democrat said.

But Trump had already flatly rejected that idea in the speech that preceded their remarks.

"The Democratic position is very simple: let's separate our disagreements over border security from the government shutdown".

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Trump called his request for a wall a humanitarian necessity, arguing the wall would block criminals and other bad actors from entering the country.

"We won't be opening until it's solved", Trump said during a Rose Garden press conference Friday. "This is about whether we fulfill our sacred duty to the American citizens we serve".

"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. "We really have to make the case in that window of time". He also will attend a Senate Republican lunch on Wednesday to put pressure on Democrats to cut a deal and to shore up wavering Republicans who are anxious the President doesn't have a successful strategy to end the shutdown. Trump and Vice President Pence are also set to speak with Senate Republicans on Wednesday.

"All of us are discussing plans and possible compromises in ending the shutdown", Collins told CNN.

Vice President Mike Pence visited Capitol Hill on Monday to brief Republican lawmakers on the White House strategy.

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But Schumer, D-N.Y., and Sen. But he says border-security experts have urged more reliance on technological surveillance and increased border staffing, rather than a sea-to-sea wall constructed over rugged terrain.

The House intends to pass funding bills for the IRS and U.S. Treasury on Wednesday, before moving on to funding bills for other singular agencies.

Even if it had passed the Senate, the act would have faced a doubtful future in the House of Representatives, where Democrats now hold a 235- to 199-seat majority, with one seat vacant, after sweeping victories in November.

Republican congressional leaders have largely backed Trump in his push for the wall. "Walls and barriers are not immoral".

"The president is acting irresponsibly, that's the bottom line", said Casey, who described the mood in the Senate as "especially grim". "It is just political spite".

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Democrats don't want roughly a quarter of the federal government to be shut down, but the situation provides some upsides for the new House majority as the impasse stretches into its 18th day. "[The administration] escalated their demands, not compromised their demands". It's not about which bill we're voting on. "We ought to pass bills that we believe are good policy". Democrats in turn accused Republicans of trying to use the BDS measure to divide moderate and liberal Democrats. Last week, seven House Republicans voted with Democrats on a package of bills to reopen the government without an immediate resolution on the wall. A deal with the White House, he said late last month, "should not be an impossible feat, given that Democrats have voted in the past for a wall". The Senate past year passed those three measures and the Financial Services bill in a four-bill spending package on a 92-6 vote.

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