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OpinionStep up, Congress and pass a bill to reopen the government.-- Stop being afraid of who owns the blame

00:30  11 january  2019
00:30  11 january  2019 Source:   foxnews.com

Democrat introduces five-week funding bill to reopen government

Democrat introduces five-week funding bill to reopen government House Appropriations Committee Chairwoman-designate Nita Lowey (D-N.Y.) on Monday introduced a continuing resolution to fund Homeland Security through Feb. 8 along with a legislative package to fund the remaining agencies through the end of the fiscal year. 

• The House passed a short-term spending bill to reopen the government . A broad array of liberal advocacy groups — including unions and immigrants’ rights activists — stepped up pressure on Democrats not to accede on Monday to any deal that does not include protections for the young

Congress voted overwhelmingly to reopen the government but the 2 1/2-week spending The vote to re - open the government passed the Senate. Photo by Erin Schaff/UPI | License Photo. Trump, who previously rejected a bipartisan immigration deal, made volatile comments this month about

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Both Democrats and Republicans claim to support enhanced border security and oppose the government shutdown. So why are we on the brink of our nation’s longest shutdown with no end in sight?

This week, President Donald Trump took to the airwaves in his first Oval Office address followed by a live response from the Democratic leaders of the House and Senate. Neither the White House nor Congressional Democrats offered much more than a summary of talking points that Americans have heard from both sides for weeks.

Pelosi says Democrats plan to reopen government when they take control of House

Pelosi says Democrats plan to reopen government when they take control of House California Rep. Nancy Pelosi said that when Democrats re-take control of the House of Representatives on Thursday, they will "take action" to end the partial government shutdown. In a letter to Democrats on Tuesday, the presumptive incoming speaker of the House wrote that Democrats plan to "pass strong, bipartisan legislation to reopen government, which has already received strong bipartisan support in the Senate.

The colossal bill , which lawmakers have been negotiating for months, is a game-changing piece of The federal government briefly shuttered for the second time in less than a month overnight, after The bill also keeps the government running until late March. Paul amendment holds up Senate vote.

The committee is usually made up of senior members who are appointed by the presiding officers of the committee that originally dealt with the bill . A bill becomes law if signed by the President or if not signed within 10 days and Congress is in session.

However, there was one noticeable difference: President Trump reframed his argument. His signature border wall had been rebranded as a “barrier,” and was offered in the context of a more comprehensive border security package which included ideas that Democrats would support, like more funding for courts and technology for law enforcement.

Democrats, for their part, reiterated their desire to pass the bill that had already gone through the Senate in December with bipartisan support and was once again just passed in the House. That bill would get the government running again and paychecks back in the hands of over 800,000 federal employees while leaving the door open to real negotiations on border security.

Some Senate Republicans are growing weary of the stalemate with a handful of moderate and potentially vulnerable GOP members expressing some willingness to support the kind of approach Democrats are offering.

White House: Pelosi's plan to reopen the government 'a non-starter'

White House: Pelosi's plan to reopen the government 'a non-starter' White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders responded to House Democrats' plan to reopen the government, claiming that Speaker-designate Nancy Pelosi's (D-Calif.) plan would not end the 11-day shutdown. "President Trump made a serious, good faith offer to Democrats to open the government, address the crisis at our border, and protect all Americans," Sanders said in a statement late Tuesday. "We have heard nothing back from the Democrats, who so far have refused to compromise.

President Obama swiftly signed a bill funding the government through Jan. 15 and raising the debt Under the agreement to reopen the government , the House and Senate are directed to hold talks But there were no guarantees that Congress would not be at loggerheads again by mid-January, and

Congress voted overwhelmingly to reopen the government but the 2 1/2-week spending The vote to re - open the government passed the Senate. Photo by Erin Schaff/UPI | License Photo. Trump, who previously rejected a bipartisan immigration deal, made volatile comments this month about

Even though members of his party are softening, President Trump remains unwilling to budge. He refuses to support a bill that would reopen the government if it doesn’t include “barrier” funding.

His firm position was on display as he walked out of a meeting with Democrats, claiming they’re unwilling to compromise on a wall even if the government reopens. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer called Trump’s conduct a “temper tantrum” and said they are no farther along than they were before the holidays.

In the meantime, real Americans are caught in the middle. Furloughed federal workers will continue to go unpaid and, if a compromise is not found soon, vulnerable families will go without food assistance. Most Americans are blaming Trump for the shutdown according to polls by Politico and Reuters, and it looks like Trump risks alienating independent voters in an effort to placate his base.

Schumer: House funding bill could pass Senate if it got a vote

Schumer: House funding bill could pass Senate if it got a vote Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) said on Thursday that a Democratic-led House package to fully reopen the government could pass the Senate-if Republicans would give it a vote. "Once the House passes these two bills, Leader [Mitch] McConnell (R-Ky.) should put them on the floor, where I believe they will receive strong bipartisan majorities. It's going to be very hard for a lot of Republicans to vote no on the same bills they supported just a few months ago," Schumer said. require(["medianetNativeAdOnArticle"], function (medianetNativeAdOnArticle) { medianetNativeAdOnArticle.

WASHINGTON — On day three of the government shutdown After negotiations stalled between Senate leadership over the weekend, McConnell committed to taking up an immigration bill with an open amendment process in an attempt to sway members across the aisle to reopen the government .

On September 18, Congress passed a short-term spending bill that funded the departments of Defense The immediate effect is on furloughed government employees and Americans who depend on The bill raised the debt ceiling until February 7, 2014, and reopened the Federal government

In my view, the Democrats’ solution to end the stalemate seems the most logical, but the least appealing to President Trump who is concerned that any softening could lead to losing leverage over Democrats, who would presumably have no motivation to give wall funding without the hammer of a shutdown.

Furthermore, I place significant blame on Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. He has the ability to bring up for a vote one of these bills that could pass both chambers but risks not being signed by the president.

Instead of forcing President Trump’s hand to govern, McConnell is acting more like a political strategist than a leader. He is abdicating his duties in an equal branch of government because he is trying to protect President Trump from being put in a politically compromised position.

There is a clear path forward. McConnell needs to allow the Senate to pass the House bill to reopen the government. Democrats should then take Trump’s offer of increased funding for security priorities that they support, and provide some votes for some kind of border structure funding with made-in-America guarantees for the materials used.

Republicans need to realize that they will never get enough federal dollars out of Congress to build a coast-to-coast border wall, but something is better than nothing.

Rome wasn't built in a day. The wall won’t be either. So, step up Congress. Pass a bill to reopen the government and stop being afraid of who owns the blame.

McConnell blocks bill to reopen most of government.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) blocked legislation on Thursday that would have reopened most of the federal government impacted by the partial shutdown. Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.) tried to get consent to take up a House-passed bill that would reopen all agencies except the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), which is at the center of the shutdown fight. But McConnell objected. The Senate GOP leader didn't exp lain his objection from the Senate floor but he has warned for weeks that he will not bring up a government funding bill unless it's the product of an agreement between congressional Democratic leadership and President Trump.

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