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2020 Dems Shutdown Showboating

- February 7, 2018

 

2020 Democrats Prioritize Presidential Primary Preening Over Running The Government 


TOP TAKEAWAYS

  • Although they have previously argued that government shutdowns are harmful, Senators Bernie Sanders, Cory Booker, Elizabeth Warren, and Kirsten Gillibrand are expected to vote to shut down the government for a third time.
  • Senator Chris Coons (D-DE) chastised his colleagues that keep moving to the left to boost their 2020 prospects, saying that's not leadership or how to solve real problems.
  • Senator Kamala Harris said she would not vote to fund the government without an "ironclad guarantee" for DACA recipients.
  • The shutdown votes have exposed how far left members of the 2020 Democratic field have shifted on immigration.
    • In 2007, Senator Sanders opposed immigration reform because it would expand the guest worker program and drive down wages for American workers.
    • NOW, Senator Sanders continues to vote for the government to shut down in favor of DACA recipients.
    • In 2009, Senator Gillibrand called amnesty for illegal immigrants "fatally flawed"-- a position so moderate she was labeled anti-immigrant with a "hard-line stance" that "border[ed] on xenophobia."
    • NOW, Senator Gillibrand continues to vote for the government to shut down in favor of DACA recipients and even says that the use of the phrase "chain migration" is racist.

IN VOTING AGAINST FUNDING THE GOVERNMENT, DEMOCRATS WITH PRESIDENTIAL ASPIRATIONS SHOW HOW RADICALLY FAR-LEFT THE 2020 FIELD WILL BE

While Discussing The Government Shutdown, Democrat Senator Chris Coons Said 2020 Democrats Are Moving Too Far Left

Senator Chris Coons (D-DE) Said That The Next National Leader Should Not Be Someone Who Is Moving Further And Further to The Left. SENATOR CHRIS COONS (D-DE): "What I'm worried about is how do we solve real problems and my gut is at the end of the day, that's what people are looking for in a next national leader as well. So for my colleagues who are hoping that they might be on the ticket in 2020, I don't think simply moving further and further to left is the best way to accomplish that. I think showing we can solve big problems is the way to encourage people to believe that Democrats belong in control of the Congress and back in the White House." (MSNBC's " MSNBC Live ," 1/22/18)

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The Government Funding Negotiations Have Exposed Tensions Among Senate Democrats Trying To Govern And Those With Presidential Aspirations

MSNBC's National Political Correspondent Steve Kornacki 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)

MSNBC's Kasie Hunt Noted 2020 Senate Democrats Have A "Very Different Set Of Interests" And 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)

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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, WHO ONCE OPPOSED SHUTDOWNS, ARE READY TO TRIPLE DOWN ON VOTING FOR A GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN

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 Government Shutdowns As An Example Of PoliticalExtremism

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, 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)

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's, "Hardball With Chris Matthews," 5/2/17)

  • Senator Warren Said A Government Shutdown Would Cost The U.S. "Literally Billions, Even Trillions Of Dollars." WARREN: "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's, "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 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.'" (Press Release, "Gillibrand, Espaillat Stand With Dreamers And Urge Republican Leaders To Include DACA Fix In Long-Term Spending Bill," 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)

THE SHUT DOWN VOTES HAVE EXPOSED HOW FAR LEFT THE 2020 DEMOCRATIC FIELD HAS SHIFTED ON IMMIGRATION

In 2007, Senator Sanders Opposed Immigration Reform Because It Would Expand The Guest Worker Program And Drive Down Wages For American Workers

Senator Sanders Opposed The 2007 Immigration Reform Because It Would Expand The Number Of Guest Workers. "Sanders opposed comprehensive immigration reform in 2007 on the grounds that it would expand the number of guest workers in the United States. It included a measure that would allow 200,000 guest workers to stay in the country for two years on temporary visas. The bill was widely supported by immigrant rights groups and would have put the undocumented on a path to citizenship." (Sam Frizell, "Why Conservatives Praise Bernie Sanders On Immigration," Time , 1/7/16)

Senator Sanders Has "Repeatedly" Raised Concerns About The Effect Of Immigrant Labor On The American Worker. "But the praise is not accidental. Sanders' opposition to the 2007 immigration reform bill and his rhetoric about the effect of immigrant labor on American workers have dismayed immigration activists and liberal allies in the past. He has expressed concern repeatedly over the years that guest workers in the United States depress wages and squeeze Americans out of their jobs." (Sam Frizell, "Why Conservatives Praise Bernie Sanders On Immigration," Time , 1/7/16)

At The Time, Senator Sanders Said He Didn't Know Why We Need Millions Of People Coming Into The Country Driving Wages Down For American Workers. "'If poverty is increasing and if wages are going down, I don't know why we need millions of people to be coming into this country as guest workers who will work for lower wages than American workers and drive waged down even lower than they are now,' Sanders said in a television interview in June 2007." (Sam Frizell, "Why Conservatives Praise Bernie Sanders On Immigration," Time , 1/7/16)

When Gillibrand First Entered The Senate, She Called Amnesty "Fatally Flawed"

In Early 2009, Senator Gillibrand Called Amnesty "Fatally Flawed" And Said A Guest Worker Program "All But Guaranteed Illegal Immigration." "In Washington on Tuesday, the new senator elaborated, saying, 'I don't support amnesty because I don't think it will work.' She added that the amnesty bill was 'fatally flawed.' She said, for example, that 'the guest worker program all but guaranteed illegal immigration.'" (Kirk Semple, "Gillibrand's Immigration Views Draw Fire," The New York Times , 1/27/09)

As She Assumed Hillary Clinton's Vacated Senate Seat, Senator Gillibrand Faced Backlash From Liberal And Hispanic Media For Her Immigration Positions. "But since her appointment by Gov. David A. Paterson last week to fill the Senate seat vacated by Hillary Rodham Clinton, Ms. Gillibrand has found herself besieged by immigrant advocates and Democratic colleagues who have cast her as out of step with a majority of the state, with its big cities and sprawling immigrant enclaves. Immediately following the announcement, liberal blogs and New York's ethnic media lit up with complaints about Ms. Gillibrand's positions." (Kirk Semple, "Gillibrand's Immigration Views Draw Fire," The New York Times , 1/27/09)

  • Two Days Prior To Senator Gillibrand Being Sworn Into The Senate, El Diario Published An Article Headlined "Anti Inmigrante" Highlighting Gillibrand's Opposition To Amnesty For Undocumented Immigrants. "In 2009, two days before Gillibrand was sworn in to the Senate as Hillary Clinton's successor, the 100-year-old Spanish-language newspaper, El Diario, splashed her picture across their cover with the headline: 'Anti Inmigrante.' The piece quoted Peter Rivera, an Assembly member and now New York's commissioner of labor, as saying her 'hard-line stance' of opposing amnesty for undocumented immigrants 'borders on xenophobia.' At the same time, a slew of House members, such as Reps. Carolyn Maloney and Carolyn McCarthy, threatened to run against her in 2010 because of her conservative record on guns." (Ben Terris, "Kirsten Gillibrand's Improbable Path To Liberal Stardom," National Journal , 10/26/13)

In 2009, New York State Hispanic Legislators Threatened To Support A Primary Challenger Against Senator Gillibrand. "A group of Hispanic state lawmakers have threatened to support a primary challenger to Ms. Gillibrand, who must stand for election next year." (Kirk Semple, "Gillibrand's Immigration Views Draw Fire," The New York Times , 1/27/09)

A Spanish-Language Paper Called Her Appointment A "Disappointing Choice" And Stated That It Was A "Slap To Immigrant New Yorkers." "And El Diario La Prensa, the Spanish-language daily, described her as 'a disappointing choice.' "If Gov. David Paterson wanted to deliver a slap to immigrant New Yorkers, he effectively did so with his appointment yesterday of Representative Kirsten Gillibrand,' El Diario said in an editorial on Saturday." (Kirk Semple, "Gillibrand's Immigration Views Draw Fire," The New York Times , 1/27/09)

A Bronx Democratic Assemblyman Said Senator Gillibrand's Immigration Record "Borders On Xenophobia." "Assemblyman Peter M. Rivera, a Bronx Democrat, received a phone call from Ms. Gillibrand over the weekend after he said that her immigration record 'borders on xenophobia.'" (Kirk Semple, "Gillibrand's Immigration Views Draw Fire," The New York Times , 1/27/09)

Now, Senator Gillibrand Has Said Even Using The Term "Chain Migration" Is Racist

Senator Gillibrand Said That When Someone Uses The Term "Chain Migration" They Are Trying To Demonize Families With A "Racist Slur." "Let's be very clear: when someone uses the phrase chain migration it is intentional in trying to demonize families, literally trying to demonize families and make it a racist slur,' Gillibrand said." (Conor Beck, "Gillibrand: 'Chain Migration' Phrase Is A 'Racist Slur,'" Washington Free Beacon , 1/29/18)

Senator Gillibrand Criticized Proposals For A Merit-Based Immigration Saying That It Is "Not Right" And That "We Have To Change The Debate." "Gillibrand's attack was apparently on the president's, and many others, criticism of immigration based on family ties alone, widely referred to 'chain migration.' The Trump administration has called for more merit based immigration in lieu of chain migration. 'It is not right,' Gillibrand said. 'We have to change the debate.'" (Conor Beck, "Gillibrand: 'Chain Migration' Phrase Is A 'Racist Slur,'" Washington Free Beacon , 1/29/18)

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