Democrats seek to prolong government shutdown
Washington Free Beacon:
Democratic leaders late Sunday evening vowed to derail a vote on a package of pro-Israel bills despite those measures having received broad bipartisan support in previous Congresses, essentially ensuring the partial government shutdown continues.The Democrats are responsible for this shutdown and they should be held accountable politically. Their opposition to the border barrier to stop illegal immigration is nonsensical. Their alternative is more costly and less effective. They are now seeking to take Israel legislation hostage to their bad border policies.
The 17-day shutdown continued this week after top Democrats declared late in the weekend no deal had been reached, but Congress has remained funded and is not part of the partial shutdown.
With Congress open, top GOP Senate leaders had scheduled a vote Tuesday to move forward on what congressional insiders describe as a "mega" pro-Israel bill, including measures addressing Israel and Jordan's security and addressing boycotts of Israel, amid uncertainty generated by the Trump administration's new policy to withdraw U.S. forces from Syria.
Top Democrats signaled Sunday they would not allow consideration of the legislation. Sens. Chris Van Hollen (D., Md.), Ben Cardin (D., Md.), and Bernie Sanders (I., Vt.) all came out against a vote on the pro-Israel legislation.
The opposition comes amid a new class of Democrats in Congress fiercely opposed to Israel and the Jewish people.