2018-2019 Government Shutdown

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McConnell Says Trump Will Sign Border Compromise and Declare National Emergency

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) announced that President Donald Trump will sign a compromise bill to avoid another government shutdown, and will also declare a national emergency in order to try and secure funds for construction of a border wall.
He McConnell also says that he will suport dotus on the National Emergency declaration :!: :brickwallsmall:




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Well I read that if he does that and the house passes a bill nullifying it, the Turtle has no choice but to allow a vote in the senate on the nullification bill 35 days later. He cannot block it.


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Suranis wrote: Thu Feb 14, 2019 10:56 pm Well I read that if he does that and the house passes a bill nullifying it, the Turtle has no choice but to allow a vote in the senate on the nullification bill 35 days later. He cannot block it.
In other words, his calculation is that the nullification will take place, but he won't be blamed for it. Win Win as far as he is concerned.


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Azastan wrote: Thu Feb 14, 2019 10:57 pm In other words, his calculation is that the nullification will take place, but he won't be blamed for it. Win Win as far as he is concerned.
Very possible. Its takes a simple majority vote so all it takes is 3 sacrificial republican lambs and they are set.


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Congress approves border deal to avert shutdown; Trump to sign it and seek wall money elsewhere

By Erica Werner ,
Damian Paletta ,
Seung Min Kim and
Rachael Bade February 14 at 9:14 PM

Congress on Thursday approved a massive budget deal to avert an impending government shutdown, and President Trump promised to sign it, but only after announcing he would also declare a national emergency so he can get more money for a border wall.

Moments after Trump disclosed his intentions in a phone call with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), McConnell announced the news on the Senate floor, ending days of uncertainty over whether the president would support the $333 billion spending deal, which includes less than a quarter of the money he’s sought for a steel wall along the U.S.-Mexico border.

The Senate swiftly passed the legislation on an 83-to-16 vote, and the House followed suit hours later, approving the bill 300 to 128 — veto-proof margins in both chambers. If Trump keeps his promise to sign the measure, it would avert a government shutdown that would have started Saturday and keep the government open through at least Sept. 30.


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New Republic - Alex Pareene
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The banal, evil, all-destructive reign of Mitch McConnell


In the midst of this January’s historic, senselessly protracted government shutdown, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell decided it was time to put forward his vision of how government should properly function. So he took to the Washington Post op-ed section to deride a modest set of Democratic proposals to institute election and voting rights reform. Instead of doing the right thing and bowing to President Donald Trump’s demand for the partial funding for a wall along the country’s southern border with Mexico, McConnell complained, congressional Democrats were trying to game America’s electoral system to their own permanent advantage.

McConnell’s litany of complaints spun off into labored assaults on proposals to reorganize the Federal Elections Commission (a bid to give “Washington a clearer view of whom to intimidate”) and to make Election Day a national holiday for federal workers, together with six days of paid leave for such employees to work in their local precincts to help get out the vote (or, in McConnell-ese, “extra taxpayer-funded vacation for bureaucrats to hover around while Americans cast their ballots”).

For actually existing ordinary Americans—including the 800,000 or so federal employees plunged into desperate economic uncertainty by the shutdown—this was a singularly bizarre spectacle to behold: The man in Washington arguably most responsible for prolonging the ordeal of the shutdown was now pronouncing that an effort to enlarge the sphere of democratic participation was a venal, bureaucratic power grab, and a brazen affront to the sacred liberty of big-money political donors and their legislative mouthpieces.

Just pan back a moment to savor the larger power dynamics in play here: As he was lecturing Democratic reformers on the folly of voting rights expansion, McConnell was crippling the basic operations of government to assuage the bigoted vanity of the Republican president. Recall that the continuing resolution to finance the government without wall funding at the end of the 115th Congress passed overwhelmingly in the chamber he leads, and that he vigilantly squelched successive House versions of the same funding plan throughout the monthlong shutdown drama for no reason except that he didn’t want to be the person to end it. This isn’t mere lefty hyperbole: At one critical juncture in the shutdown negotiations, Lindsey Graham, the Trump White House’s key Senate liaison, left a conference with the Senate majority leader to blurt the quiet part out loud to CNBC producer Karen James Sloan. Leader McConnell, Graham explained, is “going to let the White House figure out what move they want to make. . . . The Leader is waiting . . . to see what the White House wants to do.”

So much, in other words, for all the sonorous talk of the United States Senate as the world’s most august deliberative body: Its most powerful majority leader over the past decade is an errand boy for both an errant billionaire class of campaign donors, and an errant billionaire president.


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