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The bottom line of the liberal’s threat in a letter to Senator Mitch McConnell exposes their game!  Senator “Chuckie Boy” Schumer and cohorts put in writing, “If Republicans insist on inserting poison pill riders such as defunding Planned Parenthood, building a border wall, or starting a deportation force, they will be shutting down the government and delivering a severe blow to our economy.”

As ex-President Obuma clearly stated upon winning the White House in 2008, “Elections have consequences”, the country’s socialists have already selectively forgotten how devastated their party has become since November…and what the phrase really means.  And then, when you have somebody like Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) telling everybody this one regarding the upcoming midterm elections – “I think this is going to be a wakeup call to a lot of people who supported Donald Trump. That his budget is betraying them and the commitments he made.” – It becomes pretty clear that they do not understand that they lost because the “Silent Majority” in our country can’t stand their agenda of destruction, violence, and redistribution…period!

The threat of government shutdown clearly is coming from Democrats and I say to them, “Don’t play ball to make America great again!  I welcome it because you will see another cleansing of socialists in the Swamp much greater than before!”

Suck it up cupcakes…and bring it on!

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Senators are firing the opening salvos in a new fight over funding the government.

With President Trump releasing his first budget request Thursday, both parties are preemptively pointing fingers over who would be responsible if Congress misses a deadline in April to avoid a government shutdown. 

Republicans say it’s up to Democrats to play ball, while Democrats counter that Republicans have to be willing to reject some of Trump’s proposals. 

Schumer said a letter he and other top Democrats sent to Senate Majority Leader (R-Ky.) should serve as a “guidepost” for how Republicans can work with them to avoid a shutdown.Democrats outlined in the letter, which was also sent to Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman (R-Miss.), their demands for any spending bill: that Republicans avoid “poison pills” that would stir ire from Democrats and that any increases in defense spending be matched with a boost in nondefense spending.

“If Republicans insist on inserting poison pill riders such as defunding Planned Parenthood, building a border wall, or starting a deportation force, they will be shutting down the government and delivering a severe blow to our economy,” they wrote in the letter. 

Trump’s budget outline — which marks the formal start of budget negotiations between the two ends of Pennsylvania Avenue — drew swift opposition from Democrats, who warned Republicans against funding the president’s border wall or cutting off federal dollars for Planned Parenthood. 

“I will oppose efforts to fulfill empty campaign promises at the expense of proven programs that are vital to local law enforcement and national security,” Sen. (D-Calif.) said of Trump’s push to fund the border wall.

Trump’s budget outline calls for deep cuts at department and agencies that would eliminate entire programs and slash the size of the federal workforce, while boosting defense spending.

He also sent a supplemental request for the rest of the 2017 fiscal year, which runs through the end of September. That proposal includes an extra $33 billion for the Pentagon, building a border wall and the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay.

Though Democrats are in the Senate minority, they can block any spending bill they object to by keeping it from getting 60 votes.

In 2015 and 2016 — the first two years that Republicans had controlled the Senate in nearly a decade — Democrats halted progress on spending bills more than a dozen times.

The partisan posturing comes as senators are under a time crunch to fund the government. 

Debates over repealing and replacing ObamaCare and Judge Neil Gorsuch’s Supreme Court nomination are expected to dominate much of the Senate’s work heading into early April. Then, senators are expected to be out of town for two weeks and return to Washington five days before the funding deadline.

Republicans are tamping down speculation of a potential government shutdown next month, noting Democrats howled for years after the 2013 shutdown. 

“I’m amused by the Democrats apparently warming up to the idea that threatening to shut down the government is a good idea. It seems to me everybody’s got kind of memory loss on the other side,” McConnell told reporters.

The government shut down for 16 days in 2013 after conservatives demanded that the spending bill cut off federal funding for Planned Parenthood and stop the implementation of ObamaCare. 

McConnell stressed that Democrats would be part of the negotiations over the funding bill.

“They will have an opportunity to ball it up, once again,” he said. “I’ve been hoping the fever’s going to break here at some point and we’ll get into an operational mode. … We haven’t seen much of that so far.”

McConnell has repeatedly accused Democrats of suffering from a “fever” since the 2016 elections, which he argues is leading them to oppose almost anything partly in an attempt to satisfy their liberal base. 

Republicans will likely get help pressuring Democrats to come to the negotiating table. After top Democrats sent their letter to McConnell, The Washington Examiner floated nicknaming the Senate’s top Democrat “Shutdown Schumer.”  

But McConnell will also have to be on guard against any rebellion within his own caucus.

The Senate will also likely reject at least part of Trump’s proposed 28 percent cut to the State Department budget. 

Meanwhile, Sen. (R-Nev.) partnered with freshman Democratic Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto (Nev.) to send a letter to Energy Secretary Rick Perry and Mick Mulvaney, the director of the Office of Management and Budget, opposing a provision in Trump’s budget that would restart licensing to store nuclear waste in Yucca Mountain. 

Heller is considered one of the most vulnerable senators up for reelection in 2018, with Republicans facing an otherwise favorable Senate map. 

Democrats who are up for reelection in 2018 will likely face a mountain of pressure to buck their party and support legislation to avert a shutdown, even if it includes provisions opposed by leadership. 

Yet Sen. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) predicted that some GOP senators could ultimately become “allies” in the fight because the budget will generate a backlash in states that Trump won in the election. 

Democrats are defending 25 seats in 2018, with both parties keeping a close watch on the 10 states won by Trump that have a Democratic senator up for reelection. 

“I think this is going to be a wake up call to a lot of people who supported Donald Trump,” he said. “That his budget is betraying them and the commitments he made.”

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2 Comments

  1. Angus Rangus March 19, 2017 at 8:35 am -  Reply

    ELECTIONS HAVE CONSEQUENCES

    Why indeed do Republicans seem to cowtow to the DNC… onerously avoiding a Balanced Budget or any of the thangs they promised IF elected the past 8 years??

    SURE, the DC To Boston Commie Media will work for their DNC…
    … ALL Mitch McConnell has to do is stand on the steps and allow the same MEDIA to broadcast his clear response…
    … IF that is what happens when the Minority Party does not get its way on our agenda of Balancing the Budget…
    … THEY solely are to blame for shuttering the few specks of Federal GOVT that has ever closed using the 12 Budget Appropriations Bills in normal process!!

    The Trial Lawyers in the DC Money Laundry have already declared nearly every thang DC to be ‘essential services’… except as we found with Commie BARAMA those thangs normal workers might enjoy from their little GOVT obtained!!

    Meantime…
    … Seniors are told our SS will be reduced to 74% in 2023 as “revenue” can’t pay our “entitlements” – because LBJ used deficit financing of his Great Socialism and stuffed our SS Trusts with IOU’s…
    … Medicaid – the unfunded minimal safety net – will pass Medicare’s $680 BN annual outlays…
    … Vets will continue dying because we got no Leader willing to privatize those 131 hospitals and allow CHOICE of ‘any approved plan’ as other Federal Employees sluicegate for decades???

  2. Old Jim March 19, 2017 at 8:42 am -  Reply

    HAVE THEY NO SHAME??

    $120 TRILLION Unfunded Liability for Social Security and Medicare…

    Becoming more impossible to SAVE … every day we refuse to Privatize and FLAT TAX vested benefits!!

    How many more LIES will we hear before this decade is out??

    EARNED INCOME… should not include Social Security nor Pensions!!

    Imagine the conversion to “ENTITLEMENTS” when we established and went decades as “self-funded actuarial pensions”?

    Imagine the same conversion of Medicare… we have a base tax rate and a fixed ceiling as Part A Hospital is a limited healthcare benefit…
    … NOW, Tiger Woods would pay out $39 Million on his $$Billion from golf – AND BE DENIED ACCESS TO HIS Medicare PLAN…. let him eat coke??

    JOURNALISM IS DEAD…
    … Democracy is in peril!!

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