More blame Trump and GOP for possible shutdown than Dems

Lester Mason
Января 19, 2018

The House voted late Thursday on a patchwork bill to fund the government through February 16, but a mix of Senate Democrats and Republicans appears poised to reject that legislation and refuse to pass a new budget, ushering in the first government shutdown since 2013.

Senate Democrats last night promised to stall a vote on the measure because it does not address restoring the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program that protects hundreds of thousands of kids from being deported.

The four-week continuing resolution (CR) passed 230-197, with six Democrats voting for it and 11 Republicans voting no. While Republicans control both the House and Senate, 60 votes are needed in the Senate to avoid a filibuster.

The government runs out of money midnight Friday into Saturday unless Congress passes a spending bill.

The bill's passage in the House was secured late Thursday when Rep. Mark Meadows, R-N.C., chairman of the House Freedom Caucus, announced his support for the legislation after securing promises from GOP leaders on conservative-backed measures involving immigration and the military.

"The Democrats, if they are going to shutdown the government, they can do that", said Republican Sen.

In the event of a federal government shutdown, food inspections, federal law enforcement, airport security checks, and other vital services would continue, as would Social Security, other federal benefit programs and military operations.

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The Washington Post reports that the bill that passed through the House includes an extension of a children's health insurance programme (CHIP) and delays to several unpopular health-care taxes - apparent efforts to persuade Democrats to back the temporary extension.

House passage came only after conservatives secured a promise from House speaker Paul Ryan that he would soon advance some type of legislation to bolster USA military readiness, said Republican Representative Mark Meadows. "Whether there is a government shutdown or not is entirely up to them". Two Republicans - Mike Lee and Rand Paul - voted no on even opening debate on the House bill.

Trump threw a wrench into the talks on Thursday morning by tweeting that he didn't want the children's health-insurance provision in the short-term spending bill.

Any federal employees sent home wouldn't be paid during the shutdown, but Congress has traditionally agreed to reimburse them once lawmakers can pass a new budget.

"The agreement is far from flawless, as I believe Congress should end short-term funding patches, improve the financial integrity of CHIP and repeal the medical device tax in its entirety", Toomey said, the newswire reported.

Democratic political consultant Pete Giangreco, a partner at The Strategy Group, says Republican dysfunction in Washington all but guarantees a shutdown.

Some government agencies will run out of money if Congress can not pass a funding plan by the end of Friday. So in that chamber, Republicans can say they did their part.

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