A NPR/Ipsos poll conducted on January 9-10, 2019 has published its results showing that three-quarters of all respondents as well as a majority of republicans believe that the ongoing shutdown is “embarrassing.”
So why is the US Senate’s Majority Leader Mitch McConnell blocking any bills from being voted on that would end the shutdown while still allowing for a robust debate about enhancing US SW border security measures?
As per a 1/3/19 Washington post report, “By absenting himself, Mr. McConnell had hoped to push the blame for a prolonged shutdown onto Democrats while protecting vulnerable Republicans running for re-election in 2020 — including himself from having to vote on a shutdown bill without the president having been granted his demand of funding for his infamous boondoggle of a wall at $5.7 billion dollars. (The president made this last minute demand after US senators had already voted to pass an agreement on the 18th of December, that they thought they had with him, and many had already headed home for the holidays.)
So, how long will it take for republicans to pay a price for a this government shutdown that started on the 22nd of December 2018 and is currently setting the record for the longest ever in US history, based on political gamesmanship?
Remember that this shutdown sows distrust in the hearts of many Americans towards its US government which plays into Russia accomplishes one of its major objectives. How can Americans have any faith in a government that’s willing to impose hardships on 800,000 government public servants who have to forgo their pay plus their families plus the small business owners which cater to this population plus the American citizens being deprived of essential government services, after they’ve learned about the FBI having opened a counter-intelligence case regarding whether the president had been possibly acting in Russia’s best interests instead of the US national security interests?
DURING WEEK OF 1/14/19, Its time to for us who are opposed to this shutdown to contact all our republican US senators to let them know, enough is enough.
One recommended phone number is 877-650-0039. Other contacts phone members and fax methods are listed below.
Find Your Representative · House.gov – U.S. House of Representatives
TO FAX: Resistbot will do it all for you. Text “RESIST” to 50409 or message Resistbot on Facebook and it will walk you through the steps to fax your Senator and will tell you when your fax has been delivered.
The main US Senate phone line 202-225-3121 (202-224-3121) or YOU CAN FIND PHONE NUMBERS FOR EVERY SENATOR HERE. or U.S. Senate: Senators of the 115th Congress.
As per 11/10/18 CNN Politics Report:
Lamar Alexander (R-Tennessee)
As per a 1/11/19 Hill report, “Poll: Majority of GOP say shutdown is ’embarrassing for the country'” by Owen Daugherty, “A majority of Republicans in a new survey say the partial government shutdown is “embarrassing for the country.”
“The new NPR/Ipsos poll reports that three-quarters of all respondents believe the ongoing shutdown is “embarrassing.”
“Nearly 70 percent of respondents in the survey said the shutdown is going to hurt the country and the economy. The same portion of respondents say Congress should pass a bill to reopen the government now, while only 30 percent believe the government should stay closed until there is funding for a border wall.”
“The president has said he’ll move to declare a national emergency over the border if talks with Democrats fail to move forward.”
Here is the rest of the story…
On January 3, 2019, Sheryl Gay Stolberg and Nicholas Fandos of the New York Times penned the following report, “McConnell Faces Pressure From Republicans to Stop Avoiding Shutdown Fight”
“For weeks, Senator Mitch McConnell, the Republican leader, has remained conspicuously on the sidelines, insisting that it was up to President Trump and Democrats to negotiate an end to the partial shutdown of the federal government.”
“But with the shutdown soon to enter its third week, and Mr. Trump dug in on his demand for $5 billion to build a border wall, Mr. McConnell for the first time is facing pressure from members of his own party to step in to resolve the stalemate that has left 800,000 federal workers either furloughed or working without pay.”
“By absenting himself, Mr. McConnell had hoped to push the blame for a prolonged shutdown onto Democrats while protecting Republicans running for re-election in 2020 — including himself. Much as Democrats did in 2018, Republicans will face a difficult map in 2020, with a handful of incumbent senators facing re-election in swing states or states won by Hillary Clinton in the 2016 presidential race.”
“But on Thursday, as a new era of divided government opened in Washington, perhaps the most vulnerable Republican, Senator Cory Gardner of Colorado, broke ranks to become the first member of his party to call for an end to the shutdown — with or without Mr. Trump’s wall funding.”
“I think we should pass a continuing resolution to get the government back open,” Mr. Gardner, whose state has a heavy federal presence, told The Hill newspaper.”
“A second vulnerable Republican, Senator Susan Collins of Maine, one of the chamber’s most moderate members, said Thursday that she would support separating homeland security funding from the other bipartisan appropriations bills already approved in committee to reopen much of the government — as Democrats have proposed. But Mr. McConnell is refusing to take up the Democrats’ measures.”
“It would be great to have them signed into law because there is not great controversy over them, and at least we’d be getting those workers back to work,” Ms. Collins said.”
“Mr. McConnell’s distant posture reflects his new status as the man in the middle in a Capitol where Democrats now control the House of Representatives and Republicans have netted two seats to hold a 53-to-47 majority in the Senate. He has repeatedly said he’ll not bring up legislation that Mr. Trump does not support.”
“I’ve made it clear on several occasions, and let me say it again: The Senate will not take up any proposal that does not have a real chance of passing this chamber and getting a presidential signature,” Mr. McConnell said. “
“Senator Richard J. Durbin, Democrat of Illinois and Mr. Schumer’s No. 2 predicted that Mr. McConnell’s approach — to simply stand in the way so that Mr. Trump is not forced to use his veto pen — would only change if Republican senators up for re-election begin to fear political costs.”
I do not see how there can be a compromise anymore. That for Republicans Bill Clinton miss representing a sexual encounter in a legal video deposition was cause for impeachment and yet trump and his adminisration,(not just Sanders, but Kudlow, Ross, Navarro, Mnuchin, Pompeo) daily lying to the American people about substantive matters of important policy as well as daily trump lying , bulllying, threatening and making vicious personal attacks on Americans who made important contributions and achievements, what is there to compromise.
The “trump shutdown” is a president using the power of the office to hold Americans hostage by cutting off their financial means, while mcconnell runs around like a cowardly dog with his tail between his legs.
While there is a good reason to have compromise between different positions held by people of integrity, the Republicans by their support of trump have clearly defined themselves as people and party without basic human integrity or ethics, much less professional integrity or ethics.
Maybe I had hoped this would be a process where the institutions of the USA were threatened and they held against such a challenge but there is no way to compormise with a party that supports lying, bullying, threatening, and holding Americans financially hostage as leverage by a trump who has never articulated a political position, an adminmistration which has no policies or positions except jump when trump tweets and a Republican party which did not even flinch when trump said it was ok for Republican Senators to be child molesters.
Of course this does not make the Democrat position any better than it was before trump but at least they are on the American side of the equation, still any compormise with trump moves this country to a worse place.
Its not going to get better, oil has made a few very wealthy, many in the West middle class and modern technology has informed the poor around world to what they are missing simply becasue of where they were born and they want their share too but their single most powerful enemy are nation states, national sovereignty and tfor the first time in history politicians have standing armies supported by mandatory taxes.
No one is going back to caves, human history is about increasing geo-political organization and it is moving towards a global world of some sort. Without politrical leadership with a vision to what is happening trump and people like him(long term future) will move the world to conflicts with tens or even hundreds of millions dying in the development of a global geo political
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Dear Steve Naegele,
I couldn’t agree more with your analysis. I have been of the school of thought to wait on starting articles of impeachment, for the FBI’s Trump-Russia probe to be finalized by the Special Counsel Robert Mueller III.
But this shut down with the president yelling fire at the SW border when it doesn’t exist amounts to an abuse of power.
When there were adults in the White House who would sit on the president to restrain him from harming hard 800,000 working Americans and their families, that argument made sense.
At this point,Articles of Impeachment need to be started yesterday. Too many peoples are being hurt. Only 25% of the population are approving of the president’s government shutdown.
WE CAN’T WAIT ANYMORE!
I agree that the continuing shutdown is damaging our national security and playing well into the Russian intent to destabilize our country from within.
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The president’s latest cruelty is deserving of him being forced out of office. Americans deserve to know that their elected lawmakers are representing their interests versus that of Russia.
I read that billboards claiming Mitch McConnell is now responsible for the continuance of the shutdown are going up in Kentucky. 😦 — Suzanne.
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Sen. McConnell’s local Lexington, KY paper has excoriated him. There are negative billboard Ads on the highways of KY regarding Sen. McConnell. He’s up for reelection in 2020. It’s time for a Democrat to take over his seat.
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