Rep. John Sarbanes (D-Md.), the House bill's chief sponsor, announced on Thursday that the For the People Act has been co-sponsored by 221 Democrats ― enough to pass in the House. A Democratic committee aide said Engel expects to see House action on the bill soon.
"While Democrats continue to play politics with border security, federal employees dedicated to their mission of keeping America safe and our border secure are still going to work knowing they will be missing their paychecks", Gibbs said in a Wednesday statement. The bill was supported only by 56 out of 100 senators, while 60 votes were needed for further consideration of the bill. Trump insisted a wall is the only solution and Democrats refused to approve funding to build it. "We don't have a better economic trading partner than Israel".
By a vote of 240-188 along mostly partisan lines, the House passed the bill and sent it to the Republican-controlled Senate as part of Democrats' latest strategy to end partial government shutdowns at many federal agencies that began on December 22.
The House already passed the same bills in a single appropriations package last week, and they were all passed by the Senate a year ago.
House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer has signaled that the House will vote next week on three remaining bills - Homeland Security, Commerce, Justice, Science; and State, Foreign Ops, & related agencies. "It's a political stunt, it always was", Connolly said.
The anti-Israel faction of the Democratic Party is gaining power. A coalition of civil liberties and liberal Jewish groups, including the American Civil Liberties Union and J Street, is working to defeat the legislation, while the influential pro-Israel AIPAC supports it.
Trump Threatens Literal Scorched-Earth Policy to Punish California
Trump since taking office this week. "The President has seen first-hand our fire-ravaged areas in Northern California", he said. New California governor Gavin Newsom responded to Trump's tweet , saying politicians shouldn't be playing games with lives.
"This "dual loyalty" canard is a typical anti-Semitic line", Rubio wrote, adding that BDS "isn't about freedom & equality, it's about destroying Israel". "It's about the fact that McConnell has the power to bring up the bipartisan House-passed bills today and end this shutdown and we need to make that the first order of business", Van Hollen tweeted.
"I've worked closely with you on BDS, @MarcoRubio, and disagree with you here", said Cardin, who in the last Congress authored a bill that would set federal fines for commercial entities that comply with BDS.
Having visited furloughed foodservice workers earlier in the day, he continued to emphasize the impact of the ongoing shutdown on low-wage government workers and the Americans attempting to access government services. We can't simply proceed with business as usual.
On Tuesday, Rubio pivoted to a different tactic. But Trump has said he will not sign the measure, and McConnell has repeatedly said the Senate won't advance legislation the president won't support.
Senator Chuck Schumer, leader of the Senate Democrats, called the president's exit a "temper tantrum" and said Trump "slammed the table" before he stormed out.
Senators Bernie Sanders and Dianne Feinstein sent a letter to the Senate, arguing that the bill will harm free speech in the US.