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2020 Democrats "Losers" In Shutdown Fight

- January 22, 2018

 

2020 DEMOCRATS SHOW THEY ARE MORE CONCERNED WITH RUNNING FOR PRESIDENT THAN RUNNING GOVERNMENT

In Voting Against The Government Funding Deal, Democrats With Presidential Aspirations Show How Radically Far-Left The 2020 Field Will Be

MSNBC's Kasie Hunt Noted That 2020 Senate Democrats Are More Concerned About Running For President Than Keeping The Government Running. MSNBC's KASIE HUNT: "One thing that is unfolding now on the Senate floor that I think is noteworthy, we're hearing that Senator Warren plans to vote 'no,' she may have already voted no. I'm getting real time updates from my colleagues over in the Senate. Also potentially, Kamala Harris of California, Bernie Sanders, what do these people have in common? These are people who are likely running for president in 2020 and to Nicole's point, that's a very different set of interests, than those who are interested in the day to day institutional, keeping the Senate working over the long term." ( MSNBC's "Live with Craig Melvin," 1/22/18)

( MSNBC's "Live with Craig Melvin," 1/22/18)

MSNBC's National Political Correspondent Said "There Is A Real Tension" Between Senate Democrats And The Senate Democrats Considering A 2020 Presidential Run. MSNBC's STEVE KORNACKI: "Claire McCaskill is one of those Democrats who voted to keep the government open Friday night. She spoke publicly about that tension between where she sort of stands politically and the interest she faces as a Democrat in Missouri in 2018 versus what a Cory Booker or Elizabeth Warren or any of the dozens of others, it seems, interested in running for president face. There's a real tension on the Democratic side." (MSNBC's "Andrea Mitchell Reports," 1/22/18)

CNN Called 2020 Democrats "Losers" In The Deal To Reopen The Government Because They "Got Rolled By Their Party's Leadership" And Trump State Democrats. "2020 Democrats: The likes of Sens. Kamala Harris of California, Cory Booker of New Jersey, Kirsten Gillibrand of New York, Bernie Sanders of Vermont and Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts got rolled by their party's leadership and a group of 2018 Democrats up for re-election in states Trump won in 2016. As The Washington Post's Paul Kane noted on Twitter, Harris and Warren were among the first two 'no' votes on the continuing resolution. This isn't the last fight in the battle for control of the direction of the Democratic Party heading into the 2020 election. But, it is a fight. And one that liberals very much lost." (Chris Cillizza, "Winners And Losers From The Government Reopening," CNN , 1/22/18)

2020 SENATE DEMOCRATS DOUBLED DOWN ON VOTING FOR A GOVERNMENT SHUT DOWN

Senator Bernie Sanders Voted To Keep The Government Shut Down, But In 2013 Criticized That Tactic As "Holding The American People Hostage"

On January 19, 2018, Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) Voted To Shut Down The Government. (H.R. 195, Roll Call Vote #14 : Rejected 50-49; R 45-5; D 5-42; I 0-2, 1/19/18, Sanders Voted Nay)

On January 22, 2018, Senator Sanders Voted To Keep The Government Shut Down. (H.R. 195, Roll Call Vote #16 , Passed 81-18, R 48-2; D 32-15; I 1-1, 1/22/18, Sanders Voted Nay)

Senator Sanders Said He Would Not Vote For Any Spending Bill "Without A Permanent DACA Fix." "Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), another White House hopeful, tweeted last month that, 'I won't vote for any spending bill without a permanent DACA fix.'" (Alexander Bolten, "Schumer Walks Tightrope On Shutdown, Immigration Fights," The Hill , 12/7/17)

In 2013, Senator Sanders Criticized Republicans For "Holding The American People Hostage," Urging Republicans To "Reopen The Government And Pay Our Bills." "Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) issued the following statement today on the 11-day-old government shutdown and the debt ceiling: 'It is imperative that Republicans stop holding the American people hostage and let us reopen the government and pay our bills. Frankly, given the enormous problems facing this country, it is beyond belief that we have wasted weeks debating whether, for the first time in our history, the largest economy in the world should default and plunge the world into a severe financial crisis.'" (Press Release, "Sanders Statement On The Fiscal Crisis," Sen. Bernie Sanders , 10/11/13)

During The 2013 Government Shutdown, Senator Sanders Cautioned That Congress Was "Entering Very Dangerous Territory" And That If A Default Occurred, "The United States Will Become A Deadbeat Nation, Precipitating A National And International Financial Crisis." "'We are entering very dangerous territory.' Early Monday, when the outlook for agreement seemed bleak, Sanders worried about the impact of a default - which treasury officials have said would occur Thursday unless Congress authorized a higher level of government borrowing. 'It is becoming increasingly possible that for the first time in the history of our country the United States will become a deadbeat nation, precipitating a national and international financial crisis. If a default occurs, it is likely that interest rates will spike for home mortgages, car loans, student loans and credit cards. It is possible that the stock market will plunge, deeply impacting pension programs and household savings. This must not be allowed to happen.'" (Nancy Remsen, "Delegation: Hoping Deal Will End Shutdown And Prevent Default," Burlington Free Press, 10/15/13)

Senator Cory Booker Voted To Keep The Government Shut Down, But In 2013 Characterized Shutdowns As Playing Politics And Extremism

On January 19, 2018, Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ) Voted To Shut Down The Government. (H.R. 195, Roll Call Vote #14 : Rejected 50-49; R 45-5; D 5-42; I 0-2, 1/19/18, Booker Voted Nay)

On January 22, 2018, Senator Booker Voted To Keep The Government Shut Down. (H.R. 195, Roll Call Vote #16 , Passed 81-18, R 48-2; D 32-15; I 1-1, 1/22/18, Booker Voted Nay)

Senator Booker Said He Would Not Vote For A Spending Bill That Doesn't Include Solutions To Protect DACA Recipients. "Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) took the same tough line, declaring last month, 'I want solutions to protect these kids, and won't vote for a spending bill that doesn't include one.' He called it an issue 'of basic decency and morality.'" (Alexander Bolten, "Schumer Walks Tightrope On Shutdown, Immigration Fights," The Hill , 12/7/17)

In 2013, Senator Booker Characterized Government Shutdowns As Extremism And Playing Politics. "Discussing the government shutdown and coming debt-ceiling deadline, Booker derided 'tea-party extremists' and sought to paint Lonegan as one of them, while saying that 'we need people that will raise the debt ceiling and not play this shutdown politics that plays with the full faith and credit of the United States of America.'" (Elizabeth Titus, "Lonegan Blasts Booker's City," Politico , 10/9/13)

In 2013, As A Candidate, Senator Booker Said The Government Shutdown Made Him Realize Why Congress Had Such A Low Approval Rating. "'I stayed up last night expecting our Congress to stand together and stop a government shutdown. I sat and stared at my TV and hoped for the best. I always tell people I am a prisoner of hope. And as I sat there and watched midnight come and go, I suddenly knew why I think I read once that Congress has such a low approval rating - somewhere around cockroaches and colonoscopies. And as one of my friends said, I think they have a nine or 10 percent approval rating, which means only their friends and family like them.'" (Michael Izzo, "Booker Discusses Shutdown, College Affordability At FDU," Courier News [New Jersey], 10/15/13)

Senator Elizabeth Warren Voted To Keep The Government Shut Down, But Has Said Shutdowns Are "Staggeringly Irresponsible" And Could Cost Trillions

On January 19, 2018, Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) Voted To Shut Down The Government. (H.R. 195, Roll Call Vote #14 : Rejected 50-49; R 45-5; D 5-42; I 0-2, 1/19/18, Warren Voted Nay)

On January 22, 2018, Senator Warren Voted To Keep The Government Shut Down. (H.R. 195, Roll Call Vote #16 , Passed 81-18, R 48-2; D 32-15; I 1-1, 1/22/18, Warren Voted Nay)

Senator Warren Expressed Concern With A Spending Bill That Did Not Protect DACA Recipients. "Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) has put herself in the same camp by signaling it would be tough to back a spending bill this year that does not protect the young immigrants covered by the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, which Trump in September said he would unwind. She urged Trump last month to 'stop playing politics [and] fix this.'" (Alexander Bolten, "Schumer Walks Tightrope On Shutdown, Immigration Fights," The Hill , 12/7/17)

But Earlier This Year, When Asked About A Potential Shutdown, Senator Warren Said Government Shutdowns Are "Staggeringly Irresponsible." SEN. ELIZABETH WARRNEN (D-MA): "It is staggeringly irresponsible to say, Let's just shut down the government. In fact, it was the threat of shutting down the government, the fact that the Republicans would own it since they have the White House, they have the Senate, they have the House of Representatives, that drove Congress towards cutting this budget deal that we're going to sign off on this week." (MSNBC, "Hardball With Chris Matthews," 5/2/17)

  • Senator Warren Said A Government Shutdown Would Cost The U.S. "Literally Billions, Even Trillions Of Dollars." SEN. ELIZABETH WARREN (D-MA): "You know, and that's the thing. When the government is shut down, it costs this country literally billions, even trillions of dollars. We miss out on all kinds of contracts. We shut things down that mean that tourists can't come. It's everywhere." (MSNBC, "Hardball With Chris Matthews," 5/2/17)

Senator Kirsten Gillibrand Voted To Keep The Government Shut Down, But In 2013 Compared The Government Shutdown To A Childish Tantrum

On January 19, 2018, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) Voted To Shut Down The Government. (H.R. 195, Roll Call Vote #14 : Rejected 50-49; R 45-5; D 5-42; I 0-2, 1/19/18, Gillibrand Voted Nay)

On January 22, 2018, Senator Gillibrand Voted To Keep The Government Shut Down. (H.R. 195, Roll Call Vote #16 , Passed 81-18, R 48-2; D 32-15; I 1-1, 1/22/18, Gillibrand Voted Nay)

Senator Kirsten Gillibrand Said She Would Not Vote For A Spending Bill Without Protections For DACA Recipients. "'In the coming days, Senate Republicans are going to have to pass a spending bill or the government will shut down on their watch. If Republicans refuse to do the right thing and protect Dreamers in this must-pass bill, then I'm going to vote against the bill. We can never allow our Dreamers to be used as political pawns, and I will urge my Senate colleagues to join me in opposing this legislation if protections for Dreamers aren't part of the deal.'" ("Gillibrand, Espaillat Stand With Dreamers And Urge Republican Leaders To Include DACA Fix In Long-Term Spending Bill," Press Release, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand , 12/4/17)

In 2013, Senator Gillibrand Compared The Government Shutdown To A Tantrum A Child Throws When They Do Not Get Their Way. "'This is much more like what I deal with Henry in the morning when he says he wants to say, "I want candy for breakfast." It's really a tantrum; it's a tea party tantrum. "You either give me my way, or we're going to shut down government,"' the New York Democrat said on MSNBC's 'Morning Joe' on Wednesday." (Tal Kopan, "Gillibrand: GOP Behaving Like A Child," Politico , 10/2/13)

Senator Kamala Harris Voted To Shut Down The Government Without An "Ironclad Guarantee" For DACA Recipients

On January 19, 2018, Senator Kamala Harris (D-CA) Voted To Shut Down The Government. (H.R. 195, Roll Call Vote #14 : Rejected 50-49; R 45-5; D 5-42; I 0-2, 1/19/18, Harris Voted Nay)

On January 22, 2018, Senator Harris Voted To Keep The Government Shut Down. (H.R. 195, Roll Call Vote #16 , Passed 81-18, R 48-2; D 32-15; I 1-1, 1/22/18, Harris Voted Nay)

Senator Harris Said She Needed An "Ironclad Guarantee" For DACA Recipients In Order To Vote To Reopen The Government. "The Majority Leader's comments fell far short of the ironclad guarantee I needed to support a stopgap spending bill. I refuse to put the lives of nearly 700,000 young people in the hands of someone who has repeatedly gone back on his word." (Senator Kamala Harris, Twitter Feed , 1/22/18)

Although She Voted Against It, Senator Harris Said She Would Continue Fighting For CHIP Funding. "I will keep working with my colleagues to find a long-term solution that supports members of our military, funds CHIP and community health centers, provides resources for those recovering from disasters & guarantees a future for young immigrants who are as American as all of us." (Senator Kamala Harris, Twitter Feed , 1/22/18)


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