Senate Dems introduce bill to block Trump's immigration order

Senate Democrats introduced a bill on Monday in hopes of unraveling President Trump's temporary immigration ban on citizens from seven Muslim-majority countries.

Sen. Chris MurphyChristopher (Chris) Scott MurphyGreen group backs Sens. Baldwin, Nelson for reelection Dems press Trump for 'Buy American' proposals in infrastructure plan Chuck Schumer’s deal with the devil MORE (D-Conn.) spearheaded the bill, which would withhold funding to keep the administration from enforcing the order.

"Trump’s discriminatory executive order does not reflect who we are as Americans, and it puts our service members and the American public at risk," Murphy said in a statement.

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He added that "both Republicans and Democrats criticized Trump for campaign promises of a ban on Muslims. Now that Trump’s hateful rhetoric is reality, it’s time for all Members of Congress to stand up and support our bill.”

Democratic Sens. Maria CantwellMaria Elaine CantwellGreen group backs Sens. Baldwin, Nelson for reelection The US is falling behind in artificial intelligence research WHIP LIST: Shutdown looms as Senate lacks votes to pass House spending bill MORE (Wash.), Jeff MerkleyJeffrey (Jeff) Alan MerkleyPentagon: War in Afghanistan will cost billion in 2018 Trump has declared war on our climate — we won’t let him win Lawmakers left with more questions than answers on Trump infrastructure plan MORE (Ore.), Richard Blumenthal (Conn.), Chris CoonsChristopher (Chris) Andrew CoonsOvernight Cybersecurity: Tillerson proposes new cyber bureau at State | Senate bill would clarify cross-border data rules | Uber exec says 'no justification' for covering up breach Hatch bill would dramatically increase H-1B visas Live coverage: Shutdown begins MORE (Del.), Brian Schatz (Hawaii), Tammy BaldwinTammy Suzanne BaldwinGreen group backs Sens. Baldwin, Nelson for reelection Dems press Trump for 'Buy American' proposals in infrastructure plan Protesters wearing blue fill hearing to protest Grassley ignoring 'blue slip rule' MORE (Wis.) and Chris Van Hollen (Md.) are backing the bill.

Democrats will need to win over at least 12 Republicans to get legislation through the upper chamber. Though dozens of GOP lawmakers have voiced concerns about Trump's executive order, none has specifically said they would support legislation that undercuts it.

Murphy noted that his bill complements two separate proposals from Sen. Dianne FeinsteinDianne Emiel FeinsteinCoalition of 44 groups calls for passage of drug pricing bill An open letter to the FBI agent who resigned because of Trump Nunes 'memo' drama proves it: Republicans can't govern, they only campaign MORE (D-Calif.) also expected to be introduced on Monday.

Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerGOP lawmaker: Dems not standing for Trump is 'un-American' Trump called for unity — he didn’t even last a week Overnight Defense: GOP plays hardball by attaching defense funding to CR | US reportedly drawing down in Iraq | Russia, US meet arms treaty deadline | Why the military wants 6B from Congress MORE (D-N.Y.) is expected to try to force a vote on one of the Feinstein bills on Monday ahead of the rally against the executive order.