The Senate on Tuesday tabled a measure sponsored by Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) that would have frozen U.S. aid to Israel unless the Biden administration commissioned a report on alleged human rights abuses in Gaza.
The resolution, which was snuffed out in a 72-11 vote, marks a sharp rebuke of the progressives demanding conditions on U.S. aid following the Oct. 7 attack by Hamas. But it also put on display divisions within the Democratic Party amid an Israeli counteroffensive that has killed thousands in Gaza.
Most Democrats joined Republicans in tabling the measure, and even the White House had admonished Sanders for calling a vote, but the resolution nonetheless attracted the support of nearly a dozen senators, all Democrats except Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY).
Ordinarily, a rank-and-file member cannot bring legislation to the floor without the consent of the