Immigration

Batshit Caucus Chairman Calls for a Government Shutdown

JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

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Freedom Caucus Chairman Mark Meadows reportedly told Breitbart that his caucus will vote against the next government funding bill if it does not include money for Trump's fantasy border wall.

House Freedom Caucus chairman Mark Meadows says the next government spending bill, which needs to be passed at the end of September, must fund the construction of President Trump's border wall, or else there'll be a government shutdown.

In an interview with Breitbart's Washington editor Matt Boyle, Meadows predicted there'd be enough Republicans to block any funding package that doesn't include money for Trump's wall.

This doesn't necessarily mean there will be a government shutdown or a border wall, it merely increases the likelihood that the federal government will be funded beyond the October 1st deadline by yet another clean continuing resolution that includes no policy riders.

Congressional Republicans would have you believe they're going to reorganize the entire healthcare system, pass sweeping "tax reform," and appropriate funds for Trump's various initiatives between now and October, but I remain very skeptical.

There's only 12 more days of legislative session remaining before the House of Representatives departs Washington for the August recess and they won't return until the second week of the football season. They will have less than 20 days of session to accomplish all of their goals ahead of fiscal 2018 which begins on October 1st.

  • muselet

    Predictable as the sunrise, this is. Righties think a government shutdown—especially over something trivial and/or unpopular—is an utterly awesome idea.

    If I thought for one femtosecond a single member of the House Freedumb Caucus would lose his seat over it, I’d be egging them on (“Go on, shut down the government. You know you wanna.”), but that won’t happen. They’ll shake their little fists and declare how much they grrr! hate hate hate! the government, and be reelected as many times as they run.

    Rs are great at posturing, really bad at governing.

    –alopecia

  • I’m at the point where I say, let them shut it down. It will be that much more political liability next year for the 2018 elections. Plus it would inhibit the damage that Trump and Co can do (at least I hope so). But didn’t McConnell just push back the August break date?

    • Draxiar

      Yep…let them stamp their feet and hold their breath. I’m not taking any threat of shutting the government down at all seriously (and if they did it’s the Republicans that will carry the blame). And yes, ol’ Testicle-Eyes did push back the Senate break date so they could work on a healthcare package that won’t, in all likleyhood, pass (don’t get happy!).

      • Scopedog

        And yes, ol’ Testicle-Eyes did push back the Senate break date so they could work on a healthcare package that won’t, in all likleyhood, pass (don’t get happy!).

        True dat. Thankfully, those who are protesting the GOP in their quest to pretty much kill 20+ million people are not resting on their laurels; in fact, what McShithead did gives the protesters a lot more time to call their Senators, go to their offices, and yes, protest day after day.

    • JMAshby

      McConnell did. Ryan hasn’t yet.

  • Aynwrong

    Ya know, I almost wish elected Democrats would begin behaving this way just to show R’s how ridiculous and infuriating it is.

    EXAMPLE: The government will shut down unless the Constitution is immediately amended to provide unlimited taxpayer funding for Planned Parenthood for all of eternity.

    But then I remember that R’s don’t believe in governance at all, so it’s an empty threat.

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