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Schumer Shutdown: Democrats Take The Blame

- January 20, 2018

Senate Democrats Are Facing Criticism For Shutting Down The Government And Putting Illegal Immigrants Over Americans


TOP TAKEAWAYS

  • Over twelve hours into a government shutdown, a look at the headlines and polls shows Democrats have so far borne the brunt of the blame.
    • Bloomberg: "Shutdown Starts As Senate Democrats Block GOP Funding Plan"
    • CNN: "Why Democrats May Be Making The Wrong Bet On The Shutdown"
    • The New York Times: "Senate Democrats Block Bill to Keep Government Open Past Midnight; Shutdown Looms"
    • The Associated Press: "Senate Democrats Derail Bill To Avert Shutdown"
  • Fifty-six percent of Americans feel approving a budget to avoid a government shutdown is more of a priority for Congress than passing a bill to fix DACA.
  • Pundits and commentators have excoriated Senate Democrats for their decision to shut down the government, and have laid the blame squarely at their feet.
    • The New York Times' Jonathan Martin: "Hard for Ds to say this is a GOP shutdown if most Rs vote to keep gov't open."
    • The New York Times' Jonathan Weisman: "The Democrats held together and voted no. They stopped the CR. If every Republican had voted yes, they still would have stopped the CR."

Last Night, Senate Democrats Shut Down The U.S. Government And Put Americans Second

The Federal Government Was Sent Into A Shutdown On Friday Night When The Senate Failed To Move Forward With A Short-Term Spending Bill. "A Senate attempt to move forward with a short-term spending bill vote failed Friday night, sending the government into a shutdown on the one-year anniversary of President Trump's inauguration." (CBS News, "Government Shuts Down On One-Year Anniversary Of Trump Presidency," CBS , 1/20/18)

  • Senate Democrats "Joined To Block A Bill That Would Have Kept The Government Running. " "In a late-night vote, Senate Democrats joined to block a bill that would have kept the government running until mid-February. A flurry of last-minute negotiations failed to produce an agreement. Democrats tried to use the Friday night funding deadline to win concessions from Republicans, including an extension of DACA, an Obama-era program protecting some young immigrants from deportation." (Alex Pappas, Matt Richardson and Adam Shaw, "Government Braces For Shutdown As Senate Fails To Meet Deadline For Spending Deal," Fox News , 1/20/18)
  • Senate Democrats "Filibustered A Stopgap Funding Bill" Which Sent "All Sides Searching For An Alternative Deal." "'Earlier in the night, Senate Democrats - joined by some GOP deficit hawks and immigration allies - filibustered a stopgap funding bill approved by the House on Thursday. That sent all sides searching for an alternative deal.'" (Lisa Mascaro, "Government Begins Shutting Down As Congress Races To Agree On Short-Term Spending Bill," The Los Angeles Times , 1/19/18)
  • "Senate Democrats Withheld Their Support For The Bill" That Would Have Kept The Government Open. "Senate Democrats, demanding progress on the fate of the young immigrants covered by the DACA program, withheld their support for the bill after the prospect of an agreement with Republicans and the White House fell apart." (Leigh Ann Caldwell and Frank Thorp V, "Federal Government Shuts Down After Senate Talks Fail," NBC News , 1/20/18)
  • Democrats Tied Funding Of Government Operations To Immigration Policy. "Democrats had hoped to use their leverage in the Senate, where Republicans control 51 seats but need 60 votes to pass the spending legislation, to force Republicans to agree to legal protections for the Dreamers. But Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R., Ky.) said he wouldn't hold a vote on a deal not blessed by Mr. Trump and that Democrats shouldn't be tying government operations to the immigration fight." (Alex Pappas, Matt Richardson and Adam Shaw, "Government Braces For Shutdown As Senate Fails To Meet Deadline For Spending Deal," Fox News , 1/20/2018)
  • Democrats "Voted Against The Bill" To "Force Republicans To Negotiate" Over Dreamers. "Most Democrats voted against the bill as part of a risky strategy to force Republicans to negotiate with them on a legislative fix for 'Dreamers,' immigrants who illegally came to the country at a young age who illegally came to the country at a young age and now face the prospect of deportation." (Alexander Bolton, "Senate Rejects Funding Bill, Just Before Shutdown Deadline," The Hill , 1/19/18)

But Far From Being Seen As Noble Martyrs, Democrats, Since Shutting Down The Government, Have Received Blame And Excoriation For Their Political Recklessness

Bloomberg Headline: "U.S. Shutdown Starts As Senate Democrats Block GOP Funding Plan." (Laura Litvan, Erik Wasson, and Steven T. Dennis, "U.S. Shutdown Starts As Senate Democrats Block GOP Funding Plan," Bloomberg , 1/20/18)

Bloomberg : "Senate Democrats Block GOP Funding Plan As Shutdown Kicks In." (Bloomberg, Twitter Feed , 1/19/18)

The New York Times : "Senate Democrats Block Bill to Keep Government Open Past Midnight; Shutdown Looms." ("Government Shuts Down As Bill To Extend Funding Is Blocked; Senate Adjourns For The Night," The New York Times , 1/19/18)

Daily Mail US: "Senate Democrats Block Last-Minute Bid To Fund The Government For 4 Weeks." (Daily Mail US, Twitter Feed , 1/19/18)

The Associated Press : "Senate Democrats Derail Bill To Avert Shutdown." (The Associated Press, Twitter Feed , 1/19/18)

  • The Associated Press: "Senate Democrats Blocked A Four-Week Stopgap Extension" Which "Caus[ed] The Fourth Government Shutdown In A Quarter Century." "Last-minute negotiations crumbled as Senate Democrats blocked a four-week stopgap extension in a late-night vote, causing the fourth government shutdown in a quarter century." (Alan Fram, Zeke Miller and Andrew Taylor, "US Government Shuts Down; Dems, GOP Blame Each Other," The Associated Press , 1/20/18)

The New York Times Tweeted "Senate Democrats Blocked Passage Of A Stopgap Spending Bill To Keep The Government Open." "Senate Democrats blocked passage of a stopgap spending bill to keep the government open. Lawmakers have less than 2 hours before a shutdown." (NYT Politics, Twitter Feed , 1/19/18)

Jonathan Weismann, Of The New York Times, Stated That The Shutdown Was The Fault Of Senate Democrats Because They "Held Together And Voted No." "Own it, Dan. The Democrats held together and voted no. They stopped the CR. If every Republican had voted yes, they still would have stopped the CR." (Jonathan Weisman, Twitter Feed , 1/19/18)

The New York Times Reporter Jonathan Martin Stated It Is "Hard For Ds To Say This Is A GOP Shutdown" When Republicans Voted To Keep The Government Open And "They're Joined By Red State Ds." "Hard for Ds to say this is a GOP shutdown if most Rs vote to keep gov't open & they're joined by red state Ds" (Jonathan Martin, Twitter Feed , 1/19/18)

Politico : Senate Democrats "Block[ed] A Spending Bill Approved By The House" Which Allowed For A Government Shutdown. "On Friday night, Senate Democrats emerged from a 90-minute caucus meeting claiming that Trump had walked away from a deal with Schumer. The party's resolve to block a spending bill approved by the House Thursday only hardened as the shutdown deadline drew near." (Heather Caygle, Burgess Everett and Seung Min Kim, "Government Funding Expires Amid Furious Negotiations," Politico , 1/19/2018)

The Decision To Shutdown The Government May Come Back To Haunt The Democrats

In A CNN Poll, 56 Percent Of Americans Said Approving A Budget To Avoid A Government Shutdown Was More Important For Congress To Do Than Passing A Bill To Fix The DACA Program." "A majority of Americans, 56%, said approving a budget to avoid a government shutdown was more important for Congress to do than passing a bill to maintain the DACA program. Only one in three Americans, 34%, said they prioritized a DACA fix over avoiding a shutdown." (Ryan Struyk and Jennifer Agiesta, "Why Democrats May Be Making The Wrong Bet On The Shutdown," CNN , 1/20/18)

  • The Failure To Pass The Budget Extension Puts The Health Of Almost 9 Million Children In The CHIP Program In Jeopardy. "Republicans in the House, who don't face the procedural hurdles which their counterparts in the Senate are struggling, have passed a bill that funds the government and continues CHIP for six years. Republican leaders from both houses of Congress called out Senate Democrats' inaction on that bill Friday, saying Democrats are ignoring an easy solution on CHIP and the nearly 9 million kids who would be affected by its lack of funding." (Ryan Struyk and Jennifer Agiesta, "Why Democrats May Be Making The Wrong Bet On The Shutdown," CNN , 1/20/18)

CNN: Eight In 10 Americans Believe Funding CHIP "Is Extremely Or Very Important." " Overall, 8 in 10 Americans said it is extremely or very important for the President and Congress to fund the Children's Health Insurance Program this year, through which lower income children are able to get health insurance even if their parents aren't covered." (Ryan Struyk and Jennifer Agiesta, "Why Democrats May Be Making The Wrong Bet On The Shutdown," CNN , 1/20/18)

The New York Times: Senate Democrats Face "Clear Political Danger" After Blocking A Spending Measure To Keep The Government Open. "Much of the federal government officially shut down early Saturday morning after Senate Democrats, showing remarkable solidarity in the face of a clear political danger, blocked consideration of a stopgap spending measure to keep the government operating." (Sheryl Gay Stolberg, "Government Shutdown Begins As Budget Talks Falter In Senate," The New York Times, 1/19/18)

The New York Times: Voting Against The Spending Measure Poses "Undeniable Risks" For Red State Democrats Up For Reelection In 2018. "For Democrats, voting against the stopgap measure posed undeniable risks. Ten Senate Democrats are running for re-election in states that Mr. Trump won in 2016 - including Indiana, Missouri, North Dakota and West Virginia, where some voters may hold little sympathy for one of the primary causes of the looming shutdown: protecting the young undocumented immigrants known as Dreamers." (Sheryl Gay Stolberg, "Government Shutdown Begins As Budget Talks Falter In Senate," The New York Times, 1/19/18)


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