Mitch McConnell Slams Dem Bill to Expand Voting Rights

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell R-Ky. speaks to reporters at the Capitol in Washington Tuesday Jan. 29 2019

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell R-Ky. speaks to reporters at the Capitol in Washington Tuesday Jan. 29 2019

The amendment from Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says Islamic State and al-Qaida militants still pose a serious threat to the United States and warns that "a precipitous withdrawal" of USA forces from Syria and Afghanistan could allow the groups to regroup and destabilize the countries.

While the amendment is a nonbinding provision without the force of law, it sent a clear message to the White House that any plans to immediately pull troops out of war zones could jeopardize the fight against groups like the so-called Islamic State, leave Kurdish allies on the ground defenseless, and embolden USA adversaries like Russian Federation and Iran.

This week, U.S. intelligence chiefs said that the ISIL remained a threat.

WASHINGTON ― A big bipartisan majority in the Senate bucked President Donald Trump over his foreign policy in the Middle East on Thursday, expressing their symbolic opposition to Trump's plans for a quick withdrawal of US troops from their yearslong fight against terrorism overseas. Jordan suggested that the measure-already in effect in 13 states and Washington, D.C. -is a ploy to allow people to vote before they're legally allowed to.

Democrats were quick to criticize McConnell. "That's why this is a very bad idea". "It would recognize the danger of a precipitous withdrawal from either conflict and highlight the need for diplomatic engagement and political solutions to the underlying conflicts in Syria and Afghanistan".

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Senator Bernie Sanders, Independent of Vermont, said he thinks Trump announced the withdrawals too abruptly, but the U.S. has been in Afghanistan and Syria for too long.

"I don't know how many times you can say this but I prefer the president would stay off Twitter - particularly with regard to these important national security issues", Sen. But the vote is nonetheless an unmistakable sign of Republicans' growing frustrations with the president, particularly when it comes to some of the decisions he has made as commander in chief.

A vote on final passage of the amendment could come early next week. BDS stands for the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement.

That measure, titled the "Combatting BDS Act", is opposed by rights groups and some Democrats who say it infringes on free speech.

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