Democrats Threaten Government Shutdown Over Trump Plan

Every so often, the federal government shuts down, usually pertaining to raising the ceiling of the national debt.

It doesn’t usually last long when it does, but under the Obama administration, the government shut down from October 1st through the 16th in 2013, and approximately 800,000 federal employees had an impromptu 2-week vacation.

But now the Democrats are threatening a government shutdown because of Trump.

The Washington Times reports:

“Congressional Democrats signaled Monday that they’re ready to block spending bills over President Trump’s planned border wall, raising the risks of a new government shutdown early in the new administration.

Adding more immigration agents to Homeland Security’s deportation agency, making Planned Parenthood ineligible for federal cash and changing former President Barack Obama’s policies on the environment, labor, veterans or consumer protections would also invite a shutdown, Senate Democrats said in a letter to GOP leaders.

Democrats are confident Republicans would shoulder the blame for a shutdown — though it’s a bigger risk for the minority party this year when they have little control over the process other than the power of a filibuster in the Senate.

‘If Republicans insist on inserting poison pill riders such as defunding Planned Parenthood, building a border wall, or starting a deportation force, they will be shutting down the government and delivering a severe blow to our economy,’ the Democrats argued in their letter.

Republicans waved the warning aside, saying they’re focused on trying to write the bills needed to keep the government open beyond April 28, when current stopgap funding expires.

The Democrats’ letter is the fiercest note of resistance yet to Mr. Trump’s border wall, which was a major part of his 2016 presidential campaign, but which has proved more difficult to get going now that he’s in office.”

Many Democrats argue that a wall wouldn’t make a huge difference in preventing illegal immigration, claiming the majority of illegals overstayed their visas.

But while they also point to “dreamers”, they ignore that criminal illegal immigrants definitely crossed the southern border.

By building the wall, it will cut down on crime.

The Washington Times continued on the proposed budget to Congress:

“Mr. Trump is scheduled to deliver his 2018 budget to Congress later this week, but Capitol Hill is still enmeshed in debates over fiscal year 2017, which is nearly halfway over — yet none of the 12 annual spending bills have been completed.

After Mr. Trump’s election last year, Congress and President Obama agreed to postpone decisions until the new administration could take over.

The House last week passed the 2017 defense spending bill, which now needs action in the Senate.

Eleven other bills are also on tap, though Congress could combine them into one large ‘omnibus’ bill or several bills.

If some or all of the bills aren’t signed into law by the end of the day on April 28, the government would go into a partial shutdown.

Democrats said Republicans agreed in 2015 to conditions for the debate, including an overall cap on spending and a balance of defense and domestic programs. Democrats also said the GOP agreed not to include any ‘poison pill’ add-ons.

Yet spending bills are always an enticing place for the majority party to try to take care of priorities. In the past, they’ve been used to roll back administration environmental regulations, alter major immigration laws or block the executive branch from new actions.

Republicans have long sought to strip federal funding for Planned Parenthood from spending bills, but Democrats for the last decade have had control of at least one political arm of government and have been able to block them.”

Now that Republicans control all of Congress, it’s unlikely Democrats will be successful in their threat against President Trump.