Schumer Wants to Block Pro-Israel Bill in Senate

Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) is whipping against a pro-Israel bill in the U.S. Senate as a protest against the ongoing partial government shutdown.

The leader of the minority party is trying to pressure fellow Democrats to join a filibuster that will prevent Senate Bill 1 from coming up for a vote. The bill, sponsored by Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) and co-sponsored by Schumer himself, helps states act against the anti-Israel Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS) movement.

“Schumer has notified the Democratic caucus that he will vote against proceeding to S.1 because Senate Republicans should instead bring to the floor the House-passed bills to reopen the government,” a senior Democratic aide said.