U.S. Government Shuts Down After Senate Fails To Approve House Spending Bill

U.S. Government Shutdown

The U.S. Senate failed to pass a deal to fund the U.S. government beyond Friday’s midnight deadline in a 50-49 vote which fell short of the 60 vote threshold needed to approve the short-term one month House approved funding bill to keep the U.S. government fully funded.

Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said on the Senate floor on Friday that the government shutdown was 100 percent avoidable but is now imminent.

He will soon attempt to offer up a new bill to fund the government through February which comes as Democrats have used their political leverage to challenge President Trump’s agenda to rescind DACA impacting 800,000 Dreamers, build an expensive southern border wall, while also eliminate chain migration and the lottery visa system.

The failed House spending bill contained funding authorization for the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) but fell short of providing adequate health extenders and funding for community health clinics which Democrats requested. 

Democrats also decided to appeal to their base and use their political leverage to demand that passage of a new funding bill should contain a resolution that protects “Dreamers” covered under DACA which is now under threat from President Trump and remains under a 6 month waiver until March before it is officially rescinded and the threat of deportation is no longer deferred.

Republicans in the Senate currently have 51 seats and need Democratic support to reach the 60 vote threshold to approve a new funding bill for the government.

If Democrats would have approved the Republican House approved funding bill on Friday and decided to not use DACA as a red line, then there would have been no guarantee that Republicans who control the House, Senate, and White House would be in favor of achieving a viable policy resolution for 800,000 Dreamers in March.

Democratic Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said from the Senate floor that the government shutdown is a “Trump shutdown” which comes amid reports that he attempted to reach out to President Trump and floated a plan to make a compromise that includes the funding for a new border wall despite it not being a popular issue with the Democratic base.

Senator Schumer tweeted about the “Trump shutdown” and claimed there is no one who deserves the blame for the position we find ourselves in more than President Trump.

Meanwhile, the White House called the government shutdown a “Schumer Shutdown.”

White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders tweeted an official White House statement on Friday that claimed,

“We will not negotiate the status of unlawful immigrants while Democrats hold our lawful citizens hostage over their reckless demands.”

President Trump tweeted on Friday, “Not looking good for our great Military or Safety & Security on the very dangerous Southern Border. Dems want a Shutdown in order to help diminish the great success of the Tax Cuts, and what they are doing for our booming economy.”

There hasn’t been a government shutdown since 2013 which impacted 850,000 government employees.

According to a new Economist/YouGov poll taken from January 8-9th, a majority of polled Americans, 47 percent believe that President Trump doesn’t care much at all about Dreamers followed by 23 percent who answered “not much.”

A majority of polled Americans, 35 percent, replied “some” when asked if they personally care about the needs and problems of the “Dreamers.”

Twenty-eight percent of polled Americans answered “a lot” in the poll when asked if they care about the needs and problems of the “Dreamers” followed by 19 percent who answered “not at all” and 18 percent who answered “not much.”

The poll also revealed that a majority of Americans, 34 percent, “strongly favor” DACA followed by 21 percent who answered “somewhat support” for DACA and 18 percent who were unsure.

Here is my latest You Tube video where I offer some video commentary about President Trump’s “shithole countries” comment and the upcoming DACA battle.

Here is my latest You Tube video where I provide some brief commentary about the government shutdown:

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