Dianne Feinstein's bid to stop Trump's 'Muslim ban' has been twarted by Republicans
Dianne Feinstein, a Democratic Senator from California, claimed to have 33 other signatures to co-sponsor a bill to rescind the President’s executive order signed on Friday.
Yet Republican Senator Tom Cotton was able to block the proposal as Senate rules allows for only one member to prevent a vote.
Republican Tom Cotton slapped down the bill
Feinstein tweeted: “Today 33 @SenateDems introduced a bill to repeal President Trump's discriminatory executive order.
She added: "@SenSchumer asked that our bill to rescind the order be immediately voted on. Republicans denied that request. We will continue the fight."
Feinstein told the Senate floor on Monday that Trump's order was “unnecessary, unconstitutional and un-American”.
The bill was almost certainly doomed from the start as Trump’s fellow Republicans hold a 52-48 seat advantage in the highly-partisan Senate.
The executive order signed by Trump has put a 120-day halt on allowing all refugees into the US, an indefinite ban on all refugees from Syria with a 90-day period where citizens from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen.
The former business tycoon has followed through on his campaign pledge to reduce migration from Muslim countries within the first week of his Presidency.
Trump claims that his ban will protect US citizens from radical Islamic terrorists, yet the Republican has come under fire for unfairly singling out Muslims and rejecting America’s historic reputation for welcoming refugees.
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Jeff Sessions is expected to replace Yates as Attorney General
A staggering 160 Democrats in the House of Representatives introduced legislation to defund and revoke Trump’s order – yet that measure is also unlikely to pass due to the Republican’s 240-193 seat advantage.
Yates, who was picked by Obama pick for the post, is expected to be replaced by lifelong Republican Jeff Sessions.
Sessions will be able to dismantle Yates’s proposals when he becomes Attorney General.