Senate holds another failed BDS vote as House moves on anti-Semitism bill
If you’re having deja vu, you’re not alone.
Senate Republicans this afternoon again failed to reach the 60 votes needed to proceed to their anti-BDS bill, by a vote of 53-43. Democrats are still holding their ground, refusing to advance any non-spending legislation until the federal government reopens. The same four Democrats who broke ranks on Tuesday — Sens. Bob Menendez, D-N.J., Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., Doug Jones, D-Ala., and Kyrsten Sinema, D-Ariz. — again sided with Republicans, but no one else joined them.
Meanwhile, the Democrat-controlled House will vote today on an anti-Semitism bill that failed to clear the Senate last year. The Special Envoy to Monitor and Combat Anti-Semitism Act, introduced by Rep. Chris Smith, R-N.J., would elevate the State Department’s special envoy to monitor and combat anti-Semitism to a Senate-confirmed position. The Donald Trump administration has left the post vacant despite a 2004 law requiring the State Department to appoint a special envoy to fight anti-Semitism globally.
- Bryant Harris