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Government Remains Partially Shutdown As Senate Adjourns Until Dec. 27th

Government Remains Partially Shutdown As Senate Adjourns Until Dec. 27th

Schumer: “President Trump, if you want to open the government, you must abandon the wall”

Yesterday, Kemberlee blogged about the partial government shutdown, and today, the Senate adjourned until December 27, 2018.  The partial government shutdown will not be resolved until they return.

Meanwhile, recent polls show that 81% of Americans believe that border security is “an important issue,” and Republican support for the wall, specifically, is on the increase.

CBS News reports:

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell announced shortly after 3 p.m. Saturday that there is no deal, and the Senate is adjourned until Thursday, Dec. 27. The White House and Capitol Hill have made little progress towards finding a compromise — President Trump is demanding $5 billion for his border wall, and Democrats insist they won’t give him any of that funding. The government partially shut down at midnight Friday.

The partial shutdown won’t have much effect on holiday plans. The post office will stay open, so gift and holiday card stragglers can still put them in the mail. Transportation Security Administration (TSA) agents will still work, and air travel would continue virtually unaffected.

Government employees who are considered “essential,” such as many Secret Service agents, Customs and Border Patrol agents and U.S. troops deployed at the border, will still be working. But a shutdown creates a risk for hundreds of thousands of federal workers: More than 420,000 federal employees would have to go to work without pay. More than 380,000 will be furloughed. Those who work will get paid eventually – and those furloughed likely will – but depending how long the shutdown lasts, they could miss a paycheck.

Yesterday, President Trump announced that he was cancelling his plans to travel to Florida for the Christmas holiday in the hopes that Democrats would come around and support securing our borders.

No such luck, however, and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) is grandstanding with demands that the president “abandon the wall.”

ABC News reports:

The Capitol was nearly empty Saturday morning as the House and Senate came back into session, and White House and congressional aides continued to negotiate a way to end the government shutdown over President Trump’s demand for billions of dollars for a U.S.-Mexico border wall.

In a conference call with reporters, a senior administration official said the president continues to push $5 billion as his goal for current negotiations, although that may be the president’s opening bid rather than a non-negotiable.

“We have continued to put forth what we think is an important expectation for these negotiations, which is $5 billion in border security,” the senior administration official said.

. . . . On Saturday, Democrats reiterated that they wouldn’t accept funding for the border wall, suggesting little progress had been made in preliminary discussions between congressional leadership and White House officials.

“President Trump, if you want to open the government, you must abandon the wall,” Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-NY, said Saturday.

. . . . Schumer intends to remind the vice president that any proposal with funding for the wall cannot pass the Senate, the aide said.

According to reports, the president will remain in Washington, and the First Lady will be flying up to spend Christmas at the White House.

Yesterday, President Trump noted that the Democrats “now own the shutdown.”

He’s not wrong.  And one thing we can be sure of, President Trump will not weaponize the shutdown by erecting barricades to keep our nation’s heroes from veteran memorials.


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Schumer is from New York. He has already forgotten 9/11. All those people who lost their lives mean nothing to him. This is proof. Makes my stomach churn.

. . . an important expectation for these negotiations, which is $5 billion in border security,” the senior administration official said.

Everybody’s playing “move those goalposts” . . . even “senior administration officials”.

The $5B isn’t for “border security”, it’s for The Wall. If it was just “border security” they could blow through all that just printing up multilingual signs saying “Caution, Criminals Crossing” and putting one up every fifty feet all the way from Brownsville to Tijuana.

Senator Schumer, if YOU want to reopen the government, you must embrace the wall!

amatuerwrangler | December 22, 2018 at 6:50 pm

We are hung up on $5Bil for the wall. Remember that number.

In 2009, july 2009 more precisely, the G allocated $3B for a probram called Cash for Clunkers, essentially a plan to pay people to get rid of cars they own and buy new cars that supposedly get better mileage and make less smog. People jumped on it evidently, because by November that year the G had to allocate another $2B to keep up with the demand. So, using old-math, 3 + 2 = 5, yes, $5B for a bunch of old cars to put through the crusher and send off to, probably, China or VN. They are probably now living as parts for those Nork missiles Fat Boy stuck into the ocean east of Japan.

So $5 billion is not really a lot of money except when the Dems say so. I guess.

So the guy who took 800,000 government workers hostage has now stated his terms by making a complete non-starter demand that he knows the President will reject. Sounds a little too much like “drop it, or I’ll blow their heads off” to me, Chuck. You’re fooling no one with an IQ above room temperature with that “Trump’s fault” bullsh*t.

Schumer Shutdown™ – it’s a loser for them

    Going forward, perhaps we should refer to the Senator as “Senator Shutdown” or “Shutdown Schumer”. Both have a lovely ring to them.

The cowardly rinos are, once again, showing their colors. And, once again, in the next election cycle, they will pretend to support conservative values. They spit in the eyes of the good folks who elected our President…and, based on their promises, them.

This is what we’re trying to keep out of the country:

MOROCCO: Graphic Video has emerged of one of the two Scandinavian female tourists being ‘beheaded’ by Muslims at popular tourist hiking trail:

a government that refuses to protect its borders is no government at all.

shut it down and leave it shut down.

The way to get congress to act:
1) suspend all health care to congress and senate
2) turn-off all payments to any salaried congressional aid position
3) Have US Army pick up all senators and congress men and have them sequestered at Ft. Irwin in the tent city out in the box till they hammered out a budget.
a) feed them MRE’s
b) limit them to a 3 minute shower like the military in the war zones have to be able to endure
c) BTW: no hot water

The dems flipped Bush 1 on ‘Read my lips’ and it may have cost him the election when the conservatives abandoned him. We got Clinton and Obama as a result. They want to flip Trump on the wall, hoping we will abandon him in 20. For them, it’s all politics. The question is whether we play along.

buckeyeminuteman | December 23, 2018 at 7:21 am

Good on Trump for staying in town to keep working. He should also be calling out Mitch. The fact that he adjourned the Senate instead of working right thru Christmas shows he isn’t serious about any of this.

This has nothing to do with 215 miles of new wall. NOTHING. This is the Establishment elite’s continuing attempt to maintain their power over what they consider to be the peasant class, the average American. If any of the wall gets built, the peasants will have won.

Unfortunately, this struggle for control of the nation is playing out pretty much as I expected. Until 2016, the liberal/Progressive elite was winning. They were almost to the point were there was no longer an independent middle class. They had effectively stifled economic upward mobility, due to a dwindling job market, crushing taxes and medical costs. Then the remainder of the middle class revolted and elected DJT as President. This was analogous to the French Revolution, only without violence. The elites are fighting back. The government is revealing itself to be, not only unresponsive to the will of the people, but to be totally under the control of the Establishment elites. The only thing which keeps this country stable, is the belief that the populous can affect the direction and workings of public policy through an exercise of its voting rights. When the populous ceases to believe that, then the only recourse left is violence. This nation is well on the way to destroying itself, so that the Establishment elites can protect their positions and agenda.

American Human | December 23, 2018 at 2:50 pm

If government workers are “non-essential” then why are they even working for the government?

Also, the poor non-essential workers will get full pay and benefits during their shutdown so basically a multi-week paid vacation over and above what they’ve already accumulated

C’mon Chuckie, is this the hill you want to die on? Because you’ll surely die on this one. We’re overwhelmingly in favor of securing our borders.

So the party of bigger government insists on shutting down the non-essential parts of the federal government in order to protect the influx of illegal aliens from failed states. So The biggest supporters of Democrats—federal government bureaucrats—will have no money to donate to their Democrat unions and lose the power petty bureaucrats have over citizens in their private lives.

Remind me again why the shutdown should ever end?