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Washington - Rand Paul Becomes First GOP Senator To Oppose Anti-BDS Bills

Published on: January 11, 2019 03:10 PM
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Washington - Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., has tried hard to distract attention from the government shutdown triggered by President Donald Trump’s quest for funding for a $5.7 billion wall with Mexico.

The majority leader’s job just got more complicated after a fellow Kentucky Republican, Sen. Rand Paul, defected from a policy that McConnell has tried to use to bludgeon Democrats: passing legislation to attack Israel boycotts.

On Thursday, writing in The American Conservative, Paul said that as much as he opposed boycotting Israel, he opposed using government to limit boycotts more.

“I strongly oppose any legislation that attempts to ban boycotts or ban people who support boycotts from participating in our government or working for our government,” Paul said.

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Twice this week McConnell has tried to advance a bill that would codify into law the $38 billion in defense assistance over ten years former President Barack Obama promised Israel. The bill would also create federal laws that would protect from lawsuits states that pass laws banning business with Israel boycotters. Each time, Democrats filibustered the bill. McConnell was set Friday to try a third time.

Democrats say they don’t want to move on any legislation until government reopens. A substantial number in their ranks also oppose legislation targeting boycotters on free speech grounds, however much they otherwise oppose the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement targeting Israel.

An argument this week, advanced by McConnell and the bill’s main sponsor, Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., is that Democrats are in fact soft on BDS, and fear being exposed in a floor vote. Paul may have just crippled that argument.



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 Jan 11, 2019 at 03:36 PM Feh Says:

We’ve known for a while what a lowlife this Rand Paul is....he should move to the Democrat side with the rest of the anti semites...

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 Jan 11, 2019 at 04:05 PM Anonymous Says:

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Feh Says:

We’ve known for a while what a lowlife this Rand Paul is....he should move to the Democrat side with the rest of the anti semites...

What do yo expect from the Party who got the NAZI vote. Why would they care. Not a single Jewish Republican Senator. Almost no Jew lives in Republican States. OK Maybe 1/4%

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 Jan 11, 2019 at 04:06 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #1  
Feh Says:

We’ve known for a while what a lowlife this Rand Paul is....he should move to the Democrat side with the rest of the anti semites...

America First. MAGA Trumpists dont care about Israel

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 Jan 11, 2019 at 09:27 PM PaulinSaudi Says:

People may spend their money as they like.

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 Jan 12, 2019 at 06:44 PM Anonymous Says:

Send his neighbor to beat him up again

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 Jan 12, 2019 at 08:16 PM qazxc Says:

So let us review: The Muslim Kenyan AntiSemite Communist routinely vilified by frum yiddin, negotiated a $38,000,000,000.00 aid package for Israel that he hates and wanted Iran to destroy with nuclear weapons, and in two years of controlling the White House and both houses of Congress the Israel loving Republicans haven't enacted it into law, but now blame the Democrats for not voting on it as the first matter before the Senate during a US government shut down.

With friends like these, who needs enemies???

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 Jan 12, 2019 at 08:17 PM Anonymous Says:

This is poor policy and likely unconstitutional. You should not have to say you support Israel in order to get a US government contract.

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 Jan 12, 2019 at 09:24 PM Anonymous Says:

This is a good example why Yews vote Democrat

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 Jan 12, 2019 at 09:35 PM Educated Archy Says:

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Anonymous Says:

What do yo expect from the Party who got the NAZI vote. Why would they care. Not a single Jewish Republican Senator. Almost no Jew lives in Republican States. OK Maybe 1/4%

Again with your stupidty. Not a single jewish senator. Such nonsense. There is not a single frum torah jewish democart senator either. Ok you had one and his name was Joe liberman. But now you have nobody. not one. So you have a bunch of empty non torah jewish senators. And the non torah jews hurt us more. They care more about muslims than jews. And they have more anti torah views than christains.

So let me repeat we have zero real torah jewish democrat senators too.

Re the nazis, also stupidty. The republcians had 300 nazis our of 42 million and the democrates had 1000 muslims/ sharpton extermists out of 44 million. Both very small.

Stop repeating your same lukshen torah over and over. Its stupid logic.

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 Jan 12, 2019 at 09:38 PM Educated Archy Says:

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PaulinSaudi Says:

People may spend their money as they like.

OK Yamsar but people should not be allowed to organize groups that harass others and pressure others not to spend money unless it for a noteworthy cause.

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 Jan 12, 2019 at 09:41 PM Democrats are anti Israel scum Says:

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qazxc Says:

So let us review: The Muslim Kenyan AntiSemite Communist routinely vilified by frum yiddin, negotiated a $38,000,000,000.00 aid package for Israel that he hates and wanted Iran to destroy with nuclear weapons, and in two years of controlling the White House and both houses of Congress the Israel loving Republicans haven't enacted it into law, but now blame the Democrats for not voting on it as the first matter before the Senate during a US government shut down.

With friends like these, who needs enemies???

He also gave Iran access to $150 billion
He voted against Israel in the un
He also publically condemned Israel at every opportunity
He condemned Israel for designating meoras hamachpela as a heritage site
The democrats were the only ones to condemn the moving of the embassy to Jerusalem even though the hypocrites voted just for that
The democrats are The only one who condemn Israel for killing terrorist scum
The democrats are The only ones are against the religious freedom of those who oppose catering gay weddings

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 Jan 12, 2019 at 09:41 PM Educated Archy Says:

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Anonymous Says:

America First. MAGA Trumpists dont care about Israel

Rand Paul ran against trump. He is not a trumpist. Fake news

But nice try buddy.

Trump's america first believes that by supporting israel you are putting america frist.
Proof, thats what Trump has been doing even more than any other POTUS. And not just in money but also via mouth. Unlike his predcessors Halley never abstained from a UN vote against Israel. Haley outwardly called out the UN. Trump pulled out of the fake UNRWA, cut funding to Abbas and the UN. And he never called on israel to show restraint.

Nice cheap shot but stupid comment

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 Jan 12, 2019 at 10:04 PM Common sense Says:

Tlaib, OCA and the other Palestinian flag waving nut that was just elected are move than enough to get me to vote republican. I will not vote dem any longer.

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 Jan 12, 2019 at 10:20 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #6  
qazxc Says:

So let us review: The Muslim Kenyan AntiSemite Communist routinely vilified by frum yiddin, negotiated a $38,000,000,000.00 aid package for Israel that he hates and wanted Iran to destroy with nuclear weapons, and in two years of controlling the White House and both houses of Congress the Israel loving Republicans haven't enacted it into law, but now blame the Democrats for not voting on it as the first matter before the Senate during a US government shut down.

With friends like these, who needs enemies???

Sorry, but your comment is downright foolish. Your Kenyan Muslim friend was part of the 38B process, but was certainly NOT the proponent and major pusher. In reality, he refused to condemn a single act of terror against Israel until forced to do up to several days later. The lapse between the single event of retribution was measured in minutes and few hours. When Israel was at war, your dear friend extracted a technicality to deny shipments of weapons That Israel had already paid for. Your dear friend apologized to the Arab world that America had supported Israel. Radical Islam had never encountered such a supporter outside of their own gangs like Hamas and Hezbollah.

Congress was trapped into accomplishing very little in the past two years. You may recall that many in both houses were not busy legislating, but conducting hearings into so many matters. The Kavanaugh hearings were a circus, with liars supported by Democrats to complicate a simple process. Likewise, the obfuscation of other hearings was clearly and admittedly the Dems. They are obsessed with obstructing anything Trump wants, like the wall. Not even negotiating, not even pushing for other border control.

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 Jan 12, 2019 at 10:58 PM puppydogs Says:

38 elected democratic officials are now vacationing in Puerto Rico after Schumer shutdown the government.

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 Jan 12, 2019 at 11:12 PM qazxc Says:

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Democrats are anti Israel scum Says:

He also gave Iran access to $150 billion
He voted against Israel in the un
He also publically condemned Israel at every opportunity
He condemned Israel for designating meoras hamachpela as a heritage site
The democrats were the only ones to condemn the moving of the embassy to Jerusalem even though the hypocrites voted just for that
The democrats are The only one who condemn Israel for killing terrorist scum
The democrats are The only ones are against the religious freedom of those who oppose catering gay weddings

Good attempt at distracting from the current issue but you left out bbbbbbut BENGHAZZI!!!

Obama left office two years ago so I wont bother responding to the junk you wrote to distort history. Stick to the present, here and now and try facing up to the facts:

The self emasculated republicans have done Trumpty Dumpty's bidding for while in control of both houses for two years and did nothing about making Obama's deal into law until now, when they want to use it to end a government shut down Trumpty Dumpty is proud to own.

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 Jan 13, 2019 at 08:20 AM Rivka Says:

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puppydogs Says:

38 elected democratic officials are now vacationing in Puerto Rico after Schumer shutdown the government.

What planet do you live on?? On live television-in a meeting with Pelosi and Schumer, TRUMP said he was happy to take responsibility ( “the mantle “) for shutting the government. Stop spreading Fake News

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 Jan 13, 2019 at 08:47 AM Educated Archy Says:

Reply to #15  
qazxc Says:

Good attempt at distracting from the current issue but you left out bbbbbbut BENGHAZZI!!!

Obama left office two years ago so I wont bother responding to the junk you wrote to distort history. Stick to the present, here and now and try facing up to the facts:

The self emasculated republicans have done Trumpty Dumpty's bidding for while in control of both houses for two years and did nothing about making Obama's deal into law until now, when they want to use it to end a government shut down Trumpty Dumpty is proud to own.

Bbbut Collusion.

Bbbut tax returns

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 Jan 13, 2019 at 03:39 PM Anonymous Says:

He is named after Ayn Rand ymsh , a Jew. We had Karl Marx and then there is Ayn Rand

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 Jan 13, 2019 at 06:16 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #15  
qazxc Says:

Good attempt at distracting from the current issue but you left out bbbbbbut BENGHAZZI!!!

Obama left office two years ago so I wont bother responding to the junk you wrote to distort history. Stick to the present, here and now and try facing up to the facts:

The self emasculated republicans have done Trumpty Dumpty's bidding for while in control of both houses for two years and did nothing about making Obama's deal into law until now, when they want to use it to end a government shut down Trumpty Dumpty is proud to own.

I never mentioned benghazi where obama did nothing to help the ambassoder on the contrary he ordered the military to stand down
I never mentioned obama until you brought him up
Yes he is out of office for 2 years Baruch Hashem.
We now have a pro Israel pro frum Jew president unlike the anti Israel obama who supported the arabs against Israel and supported the anti religious anti Israel left

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 Jan 13, 2019 at 07:06 PM Anonymous Says:

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Rivka Says:

What planet do you live on?? On live television-in a meeting with Pelosi and Schumer, TRUMP said he was happy to take responsibility ( “the mantle “) for shutting the government. Stop spreading Fake News

Hashomer, that's like me taking credit for the 10% rally in the market over the past 2 weeks. Just because I said it doesn't mean I can actually take credit for it.

Schumer on the other hand, shutdown the government as he couldn't get one single vote to help pass Congress's bill.

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 Jan 13, 2019 at 11:33 PM qazxc Says:

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Anonymous Says:

Hashomer, that's like me taking credit for the 10% rally in the market over the past 2 weeks. Just because I said it doesn't mean I can actually take credit for it.

Schumer on the other hand, shutdown the government as he couldn't get one single vote to help pass Congress's bill.

Trump proudly owns the shut down.

Even Archie Bunker knows that.

Yoni in 2020

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