Democrats threaten a government shutdown (again)
Lost in the shuffle of DC's wrestling with its creepy congressmen problem, North Korean missile launches, the tax reform debate, and so on was that Democrats are threatening to shut down the federal government (this time, on December 9th). What's their beef this time? Immigation -- specifically, an unlimited, no strings attached, renewal of DACA. Via National Review, we get this:
Democrats are hoping to leverage the threat of a shutdown to score concessions on immigration, but this morning, President Trump said on Twitter that he “doesn’t see a deal” with Schumer and Pelosi. In response, the Democratic leaders pulled out of a planned negotiation session with the president and top Republicans.
“Given that the president doesn’t see a deal between Democrats and the White House, we believe the best path forward is to continue negotiating with our Republican counterparts in Congress instead,” Schumer and Pelosi said in a joint statement this morning. Liberal commentator Brian Beutler praised the gambit as “a shrewd way to drive a wedge between Trump and GOP leaders” — the idea being that Mitch McConnell and Paul Ryan are more amenable to working out a deal with Democrats than with the president.
That does not seem to be the case. Shortly after Schumer and Pelosi issued their statement, the Republican leaders released one of their own, criticizing their colleagues for their “antics.” “Democratic leaders have continually found new excuses not to meet with the administration to discuss these issues,” McConnell and Ryan said. “There is a meeting at the White House this afternoon, and if Democrats want to reach an agreement, they will be there.”
And, indeed, the meeting did occur, and for those in attendance, things went very well. The President had this to say about a possible Democrat-inspired shutdown:
Well, if that happens, I would absolutely blame the Democrats. If it happens, it's going to be over illegals pouring into the country, crime pouring into the country, no border wall -- which everybody wants. I got elected partially because of the border wall.
If you look at the military, we want strong funding for the military. They don't. So many things. As an example, they want high taxes; we want to cut taxes. We're going to cut taxes. We're going to reform. We're going to simplify. They want high taxes; we want low taxes.
So there's a lot of big differences. So we'll see what happens as to shutdown. We'll see. But right now, things have changed over the last two hours, because two hours ago, a missile was launched. I think that will have a huge effect on Schumer and Pelosi -- I think. We'll see. We're going to learn very soon.
They should be calling immediately and saying, "We want to see you." But probably they won't, because nothing to them is important other than raising taxes. That's the only thing they like doing is raising taxes.
If Republicans are all on the same page, that's a big plus. If they are willing to stare the Democrats down, even better.