Republicans failed to advance a bill for Israel to a vote when most Democrats voted against the move to protest what they complained was Republicans’ inaction on bills to fund the government. The vote was 56-44 against “cloture,” moving a bill to a quick vote, which requires a three-fifths vote in favor of it.
The bill, S.1, would give Israel billions of dollars, work to undermine BDS, and take additional pro-Israel measures.
View a video of the Senate session and read the transcript here.
For more information see “Even pro-Israel Democrats may block debate on S.1 until Republicans allow vote on reopening government” and “First Senate bill of 2019 would give Israel billions of dollars, combat BDS.”
See Politico report on today’s session here.