#TrumpShutdown Continues As “Great Dealmaker” Goes AWOL

With 60 votes necessary to pass a Continuing Resolution bill which would keep the federal government open and operating, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s bill fell way short last night with only 50 ‘yes’ votes while 49 senators voted ‘no.’

Sen. John McCain wasn’t present due to his ongoing cancer battle.

The legislation, on top of keeping the government open for four more weeks while a budget would, in theory, be hammered out also included a 6-year extension in the Childrens Health Insurance Program which Republicans allowed to expire months ago.

Clearly, McConnell has held this in his backpocket to use as leverage to get the budget he wants.

But Senate Democrats held to their guns saying not only should CHIP be addressed (and it should) but also the issue of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program or ‘Dreamers’ needs to be resolved now.

Several months ago, Donald Trump decided to end the program at random. Without DACA in force, 800,000 young people who were brought to the U.S. as children and live here without a criminal record could be deported.

So, here we are today as Senate and House leaders try to figure out how to solve this impasse.

Donald Trump, who apparently agreed to a deal that would address all of these issues last week, now says he is not willing to negotiate anything that deals with DACA for now. Many Washington insiders are blaming white nationalist and Trump adviser Stephen Miller who opposes any kind of immigration reform.

And so, we wait.

This is the first time a furlough of federal employees has occurred under single-party control of Congress and the White House. That would be the Republicans.

According to a recent poll, 48% of voters would hold Trump and the Republicans responsible for the government shutdown, only 28% would blame Democrats.

Where is the “Great Dealmaker?” Where is the “Great Negotiator” who says he knows how to bring people together to get a deal done?

Oh, that reminds me: today is the first anniversary of Donald Trump’s inauguration as president.

It only took a year for him to shut down the government.

Another record broken… #MAGA

Poll: Republicans Could Bear The Brunt Of Government Shutdown Blame

Only hours before a possible shutdown of the federal government, a new poll shows the Republicans would bear the brunt of responsibility for the ensuing debacle.

According to the latest ABC News/Washington Post poll:

• 48% of those surveyed would place the blame on Donald Trump and the Republicans

• 28% would hold Democrats responsible

• 18% say both parties would share the blame

• Among the very important political Independents, 46% would blame Republicans compared to 25% who would say Dems would be responsible.

This would be the first time in modern history that the government would shut down while under control of one political party.

I thought Donald Trump’s big skill was “bringing people together” to get a deal…?

Trump: Federal Shutdown “Would Be A Tremendously Negative Mark On The President Of The U.S.”

With a federal shutdown looming as Republicans and Democrats dig in their heels regarding funding the government, check out this nugget from 2011 where Donald Trump told The Today Show that a shutdown “would be a tremendously negative mark on the president of the United States.”

There’s always a quote, there’s always a tweet…

Sen. Lindsey Graham admits the GOP government shutdown “hurt” the Republican brand

Via RawStory: In an interview on Face The Nation, Sen. Lindsey Graham admitted the GOP bungled the recent government shutdown:

“After this debacle called the shutdown, our party’s been hurt, our brand name is at the lowest ever, Obamacare actually got a bump in polling and we got in the way of a disastrous roll-out. So from my point of view, this was a tactical choice that hurt us.”

To make his point, the South Carolina Republican told a story of a “friend” who had been personally impacted by the health care law.

“Friend of mine owns 52 Wendy’s, he’s put pen to paper, he has 40 percent of his workforce insured today,” Graham explained. “Under Obamacare, if 20 percent choose insurance, his insurance costs will double. That story is repeating itself throughout the economy. Obamacare is a debacle that will go into 2014.”

$24 billion later…

Just hours after passing in Congress, President Obama signed legislation that reopened the government and extended the debt limit.

The GOP-dominated House passed the measure 285-144, with 87 Republicans joining all Democrats in support. The Senate passed it 81-18. In both chambers, only Republicans voted against the measure.

At the end of it all, the 16 day debacle cost the American people an estimated $26 billion and concerned jittery markets all over the world.

While concern was spread throughout the country and the world, it was disconcerting to me to see news reports and even Facebook posts by extreme right-wing believers who kept the message of “hold out, Ted Cruz, hold out!” Disconcerting because instead of fervor based on anything concrete, the clamor for anarchy was steeped more in a blind, uninformed rage against a President that some Americans have been taught to hate. Any and everything he may achieve is seen as an evil. But, if you ask these “patriots” to explain why they feel the way they do, very few have any specifics to point to. They have just “heard” it’s all bad.

I believe this country has to rein in spending. I do. But bringing the country to the brink of serious – and I mean SERIOUS – calamity isn’t “patriotism.”

Or “fervor.”

It’s just reckless.

(source)

Houston Chronicle regrets endorsing Sen. Ted Cruz

From the Houston Chronicle:

Does anyone else miss Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison? We’re not sure how much difference one person could make in the toxic, chaotic, hyperpartisan atmosphere in Washington, but if we could choose just one it would be Hutchison, whose years of service in the Senate were marked by two things sorely lacking in her successor, Ted Cruz.

When we endorsed Ted Cruz in last November’s general election, we did so with many reservations and at least one specific recommendation – that he follow Hutchison’s example in his conduct as a senator. Obviously, he has not done so.

Cruz has been part of the problem in specific situations where Hutchison would have been part of the solution. We feel certain she would have worked shoulder to shoulder with Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, in crafting a workable solution that likely would have avoided the government shutdown altogether.

But we’ll never know.

Government Shutdown – down to the wire

• The Dow Jones Industrial closed 133 points down as hope for progress in Congress bubbled and then waned Tuesday. After markets closed, Fitch Ratings put the United States on “rating watch negative,” signaling that it could downgrade the country’s current AAA rating if the debt limit is not raised.

• Key Senate leaders have resumed their on-again off-again talks after putting the negotiations on ice early Tuesday. By late Tuesday, ongoing talks between Democratic Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Republican Minority Leader Mitch McConnell appeared to be down to the dotting of I’s and the crossing of T’s. Senate rules could still allow Tea Party favorite Sen. Ted Cruz or other dissenters to slow the consideration of the bill until after the Thursday deadline.

• Republican House Speaker John Boehner and House leaders abruptly pulled a bill from consideration that would have reopened the government until December and lifted the debt ceiling until January. That measure failed to garner support from conservatives who wanted more health care-related concessions from Democrats, so Boehner nixed a Tuesday evening vote rather than face a damaging failure on the House floor. Boehner may need to put the Senate-passed legislation on the House floor and look for Democratic House votes to get it through.

• “My expectation is it does get solved but we don’t have a lot of time,” President Obama said in an interview Tuesday with WABC. “What I’m suggesting to the congressional leaders is let’s not do any posturing, let’s not try to save face, let’s not worry about politics. Do what’s right.”

(via NBC News)

Audra McDonald sings Billy Idol’s “White Wedding”

Stephen Colbert’s Government Shutdown Wedding of the Century

After
Colbert pronounced the couple husband and wife – “by the power vested
in me by the state of New York and the entire Viacom family of
entertainment networks,”

And for the first dance, the couple was
serenaded by five-time Tony Award winner Audra McDonald singing Billy
Idol’s White Wedding.

Legit performances of pop songs always get me. And when you can deliver like Audra, it’s just a comedy home run.