McConnell accuses Democrats of jamming Senate over ‘tantrum’

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellTrump: Green New Deal 'the most preposterous thing' and 'easy to beat' 2020 Dems avoid this year's AIPAC conference GOP eager to exploit Dem court-packing fight MORE (R-Ky.) ripped Senate Democrats on Tuesday, comparing their plan to prevent the chamber from taking up legislation to a “partisan tantrum.”

“Now they’re threatening to shut the Senate down, too. ... They’re threatening to shut down efforts to protect our allies and strengthen our relationship with Israel, something they all recently claim to support,” McConnell said from the Senate floor.

Democrats, including Minority Leader Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis Schumer4 in 5 Americans say they support net neutrality: poll GOP senator: Trump's criticism of McCain 'deplorable' Schumer to introduce bill naming Senate office building after McCain amid Trump uproar MORE (D-N.Y.), are expected to vote against taking up a foreign policy bill, arguing the Senate should keep its focus on government funding legislation. 

“They’ve put that partisan tantrum ahead of keeping a quarter of the government open and now they’re saying their partisan tantrum is more urgent than pressing legislation that concerns our alliances with Israel and the Syrian civil war,” McConnell said.

The foreign policy bill includes sanctions against the Syrian government while bolstering U.S. support for Jordan and Israel. It’s scheduled to get a procedural vote on Tuesday evening. Democrats will need 41 votes to block the bill.

The Democratic decision to try to block the bill comes as funding for a U.S.-Mexico border wall has stalemated government funding negotiations aimed at resolving the partial shutdown.

President TrumpDonald John TrumpSenate GOP budget ignores Trump, cuts defense Trump says he'll nominate Stephen Moore to Fed White House: ISIS territory in Syria has been 100 percent eliminated MORE and Democratic congressional leadership will give dueling speeches on Tuesday night over the funding fight, which is currently in its 18th day.

Senate Republicans are refusing to move any legislation not backed by the president, who is demanding $5 billion for the border. Trump is expected to make a trip to the border on Thursday. 

House Democrats passed a package last week that would fully reopen the government, including funding the Department of Homeland Security, through Feb. 8.

They’re expected to begin passing individual bills this week.