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Senate Democrats Block Syria Sanctions Over Shutdown

Senate Democrats Block Syria Sanctions Over Shutdown

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

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. Reps. Will Hurd (R-TX), Greg Walden (R-OR), Fred Upton (R-MI), Elise Stefanik (R-NY), John Katko (R-NY) and Brian Fitpatrick (R-PA) voted for the bill as well, as they had on earlier Democratic-backed bills.

House Appropriations Committee Chairwoman Nita Lowey says taxpayers rely on the IRS to assist them in filing taxes and financial planning but now "don't have anyone they can turn to" for answers. According to Rubio, Democrat leaders are trying to avoid a vote on his bill because it would expose how many Democrat BDS supporters are now in the Senate. "And we basically [give] more powers and more powers to executives, not just to President Trump but I mean to many executives before him".

If Republican senators grow fed up enough that they force McConnell to give the bills a floor vote, the shutdown's dynamics could shift dramatically. Marco Rubio, are a measure that would provide for a new round of sanctions targeting Syria and language that is getting the most attention because it would seek to thwart efforts to promote boycotts and disinvestment from Israel.

Vice President Mike Pence said Democrats were "unwilling to even negotiate" an end to shutdown and the standoff over President Donald Trump's desire for a border barrier.

Speaking in a dimly lit room, Tlaib told a cheering crowd that she had told one of her young sons: 'We're going to impeach the motherf***er!' Republicans say they don't see a way out of the impasse unless the president is able to find a way to declare victory on his core campaign promise of building a wall spanning the US-Mexico border.

Some congressional Republicans have voiced their opposition both to the use of an emergency declaration and to the use of military funding to build a wall on the southern border.

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Some GOP senators have already started expressing frustration with the stalled negotiations and appear eager to reopen the remaining parts of government, with continued talks over border security afterward.

Rubio, a Florida senator, said in a series of tweets, including one pointed at Sanders and Tlaib: "The shutdown is not the reason Senate Democrats don't want to move to Middle East Security Bill...."

"Ordering a federal employee to work without timely pay is morally wrong and runs counter to every economic principle on which a free enterprise system is based", Brooks said.

Democrats are also working to sway some moderate and skeptical Republicans to abandon Trump on the wall.

"Screw 'em", Representative Peter King of NY said of Democrats, as he prepared to vote against reopening the Treasury Department and the IRS.

Lawmakers believe the pressure will begin to mount on them as the days go on. "How silly", McConnell said in a speech on the Senate floor. I have three words for you: Boston Tea Party.

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