Congress

There Might Be a Government Shutdown [Updated]

JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

Congressional Republican leaders thought they had it all figured out, but then Trump tweeted.

The Freedom Caucus says they won't vote to pass a continuing resolution (CR) to fund the government so senior Republican leaders thought they'd force Democrats to help them keep the government running by attaching an extension of the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) to the CR.

That was their plan, but then Trump tweeted about it this morning.

Trump's random tweet left congressional Republicans scrambling to figure out if Trump even understood what he was talking about, leading Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) to subtweet Trump.

This is how we govern now.

The White House has released a new statement that says Trump will sign the continuing resolution if it passes the House and Senate, but it's not clear if it will actually pass. It's unknown how many Democrats, if any at all, will vote for the blackmail bill that funds the government for just a month along with the Children's Health Insurance Program.

The continuing resolution Republican leaders are pushing does not include anything for DREAMers because Trump said he wouldn't sign a bill if it doesn't include full funding for his fantasy border well.

So here we are. It's still possible the continuing resolution will squeak through at the last minute, but I'd say this is the closest we've come to a shutdown since 2013.

Update 6:30 pm... word is House Republican leaders were able to bribe the Freedom Caucus with more defense spending. That always works.

  • Aynwrong

    “Whose fault is it? The GOP House, the GOP Senate, or the GOP White House?”

    Yes.

  • Badgerite

    Oh my but this is good. Apparently Senator Tom Cotton has sent some constituents contacting his office a ‘cease and desist’ letter. Can you believe it. Constituent advocacy of their views is now deemed ‘harassment’ by these ffffing s—holes. Has he even read the constitution? http://www.arktimes.com/ArkansasBlog/archives/2018/01/18/activists-say-tom-cotton-has-a-do-not-write-or-call-list-for-some-constituents

    • Draxiar

      They should just keep on calling…it’s their right. If he gets annoyed at his job then that’s on him…he should consider quitting…

    • muselet

      On Tuesday, Charlie Pierce took some well-aimed shots at Tom Cotton. Among the hits below the waterline:

      • Once in the Senate, Cotton immediately began positioning himself as a young intellectual lion. Watch him on the stump sometime. He fairly glows with self-righteous certitude. You never will see a person so thoroughly sure of himself.

      • He’s had so much sunshine blown up his ass by the various oligarchs and chickenhawks who finance Republican campaigns that it’s a wonder Cotton doesn’t photosynthesize right there on national television.

      • Tom Cotton deserves a president* like the president*. The two of them share an instinct for vicious, self-serving political utilitarianism, an overweening ambition far beyond their actual talents, and a casual disinterest in the truth if it conflicts with expedience.

      That he doesn’t want to hear from Arkansans who might vehemently disagree with him is entirely believable. He’s The Great Tom Cotton, dammit! (Not to be confused with The Great Waldo Pepper, of course.)

      Let him report those communications to the Capitol Police. I’m sure they could use the laugh.

      –alopecia

      • Badgerite

        I certainly should think so. Harassment is a legal term and it requires some kind of threatening or abusive language. Not just, I vehemently disagree with your votes and I am going to keep telling you so whether you like it or not. That would be one’s First Amendment right. Not ‘harassment’. bi
        The GOP is getting pretty bizarre.

  • muselet

    With the House Freedumb Caucus and Donald Trump both chucking sand into the gears of government, the probability of a shutdown approaches 1.

    The Rs’ strategy isn’t to find a solution, but to find some way to blame the Ds for the shutdown. That’s why they’re playing stupid games with CHIP.

    Again I say, the Ds need to hang this around the Rs’ necks like a millstone.

    –alopecia

    • Draxiar

      They’ve had MONTHS to fund CHIP and only now that they can use it as bait do they pretend to give a frog’s fat ass about it. Like in so many things, they’re using kids as shields.