Well, the nicknames keep flowing out of the White House, and this time they are using the term “Schumer Shutdown” to describe what seems to be an unavoidable shutdown of our government.
As the hours tick away today, Democrats, led by Chuck Schumer, are refusing to back a short-term spending bill that would keep the government operational, but they are not alone, as some GOP members are also refusing to support a temporary spending bill.
Their refusal to back the bill is centered around the protection of DACA recipients.
Yes, remember those illegal immigrants President Obama protected with this unconstitutional legislation?
That is the very reason Dems are willing to bring the government to a screeching halt, stopping paychecks for government workers, including our troops.
Mick Mulvaney, the Office of Management and Budget Director, seemed frustrated during his press conference at the lack of focus from Dems other than simply being against the bill in general, but with no specifics other than they want protection for Dreamers.
Mulvaney stated, “They don’t oppose anything in the bill, but they are opposing the bill.”
While the House barely passed a bill for a one-month extension late last night, that bill must also now pass through the Senate.
Now, while the Republicans have a majority there as well, it is very slim, and the bill does not have the full support of the entire GOP.
For instance, Senator Flake has very openly opposed President Trump and has sided with the Dems on this particular issue. He has already come out to say that he will not vote for the bill if it does not protect Dreamers.
One of the more prominent voices in the GOP with an opposing position on this matter is Senator Rand Paul.
It is not clear if Senator Paul will vote for the extension, but he is definitely against excessive government spending and definitely seems to be leaning towards a no.
Rand stated, “I think government spends too much money. For decades now, you’ve heard Congress putting spending caps in place, self-imposed rules to try to get spending under control. Well, this spending bill will exceed those caps.”
He continued, “I’m just not voting to exceed the spending caps, and I’m not voting for $700 billion deficits annually.”
To defend his position, Senator Chuck Schumer insists the immigration issue must be addressed now rather than later.
Schumer stated, “We can’t keep kicking the can down the road. In another month, we’ll be right back here, at this moment, with the same web of problems at our feet, in no better position to solve them.”
Democrat Senator Dick Durbin took it a step further, tweeting out, “Unless we pass the #DreamAct, I won’t support another short-term funding bill. Our Dreamers have waited far too long for a chance to be a part of this country’s future.”
House Speaker Ryan responded, “What they’re simply trying to do is hold the government hostage, our military, kids health, over something completely unrelated.”
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell also responded, stating, “Apparently they believe the issue of illegal immigration is more important than anything else, than the government services the American people depend on.”
Honestly, I don’t see how the bill passes. With Flake already saying he will not vote yes, Rand seemingly leaning that way, Graham looking like a no, and Senator McCain recovering from his illness, Republicans are not even close to having the 60 votes needed.
By my count, that would mean the Republicans would need 13 Democrat votes to have the bill pass, and they have never been close to getting that many Dems to cross the line for a bill that is being fought by Schumer.
In other words, come midnight, our government will cease to operate mostly because Dems are putting the welfare of illegal immigrants over that of our citizens and more importantly, over the men and women that defend this country with their blood.
Our government needs to get this fixed and get it fixed soon. While I am against the excessive spending, I am not for withholding paychecks from people that need them simply because our rich politicians cannot get their act together.
How many military families will be late on their mortgage payments or will be unable to buy groceries because of this? How many federal employees will find themselves in the same position?
This childish behavior in Washington needs to stop and it needs to stop right now.
Once again, REAL Americans suffer because our politicians are simply not doing their job.
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