Senate’s First Bill in the Midst of the Shutdown, is a Bipartisan Defense of the Israeli Government from Boycotts,
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WHEN EACH NEW Congress is gaveled into session, the chambers attach symbolic importance to the first piece of legislation to be considered. For that reason, it bears the lofty designation of H.R.1 in the House and S.1 in the Senate. <SNIP>
But in the 2019 GOP-controlled Senate, the first bill to be considered — S.1 — is not designed to protect American workers, bolster U.S. companies, or address the various debates over border security and immigration. It’s not a bill to open the government. Instead, according to multiple sources involved in the legislative process, S.1 will be a compendium containing a handful of foreign policy-related measures, the main one of which is a provision — with Florida’s GOP Sen. Marco Rubio as a lead sponsor — to defend the Israeli government. The bill is a top legislative priority for the American Israel Public Affairs Committee. <SNIP>
Thus far, the two federal courts that have ruled on such bills have declared them to be unconstitutional violations of the First Amendment speech rights of American citizens. “A restriction of one’s ability to participate in collective calls to oppose Israel unquestionably burdens the protected expression of companies wishing to engage in such a boycott,” U.S. District Court Judge Diane Humetewa of Arizona wrote in her decision issuing a preliminary injunction against the law in a case brought last September by the American Civil Liberties Union on behalf of “an attorney who has contracted with the state for the last 12 years to provide legal services on behalf of incarcerated individuals,” but lost his contract to do so after he refused to sign an oath pledging not to boycott Israel.
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January 7, 2019 at 9:00 PM #9615peacecorpsParticipant
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Efforts are reportedly underway in US Senate to block a pro-Israel bill in response to the ongoing government shutdown, blamed on US President Donald Trump.
Senate minority leader Chuck Schumer and other Senate Democratic leaders are behind the effort, according to a report by Washington Examiner on Monday.
The Big Lie: "Make the lie big, Make it simple, Keep saying it, And eventually they will believe it." AH.
"Arguments must therefore be crude, clear and forcible, and appeal to emotions and instincts, not the intellect." JG
National issues (slavery/racism, income inequality, pandemics and pathetic health care, weak unions) are not solved with more states' rights. Global problems (climate change, migration, trade, war, pandemics) are not solved with more nationalism.
January 7, 2019 at 11:45 PM #9659RexParticipant
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This has been a very insulting period for the dedicated federal worker and the millions that rely on money from service and support. Seems the GOP gives no sh*ts. As usual they are pushing a minority issue over far more important legislation.
I cannot stand these fake pious simpletons.
Forcing people to work without pay is akin to slavery.
January 8, 2019 at 1:06 AM #96763fingerbrownParticipant
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of the United States of America? Since this is a violation of their oath, aren’t they risking getting impeached/removed from office for such a gross violation? Or is it just an it’s-OK-if-it’s-Israel situation? I think I just answered my own question!
All governments lie to their citizen's, but only Americans believe theirs.
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