Democrats Set To Counter Trump After Oval Office Address

Leroy Wright
January 12, 2019

Trump's wall has transcended typical Washington bickering over policy goals to become a political battle over the central ideologies of both parties.

Three weeks into a government shutdown that has 800,000 government workers out of work and without paychecks, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, Democrat of NY, said his caucus will not vote in favor of any bills until the crisis passes. In his remarks, McConnell rattled off a list of prominent Democrats, including Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama, Joe Biden, and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer who he said had previously backed border security legislation "with enthusiasm" in 2006. The speeches were part of an aggressive public relations campaign to win public support in the standoff over the 18-day partial government shutdown. According to Rubio, Democrat leaders are trying to avoid a vote on his bill because it would expose how many Democrat BDS supporters are now in the Senate.

An effort in the Senate to force President Donald Trump to impose new sanctions on Syria is getting caught up in the stalemate over the partial USA government shutdown as top Democrats said they'd move to block any legislation that doesn't reopen the government.

Democratic aides said it could take another week to assign members to committees including Judiciary, Intelligence, Oversight and Government Reform, Ways and Means and Financial Services, which are expected to play key roles in scrutinizing Trump and his administration.

Top Democrats said they'll refuse to support legislation not related to reopening the government and the vote on the security-related measure was a demonstration of the party's unity on the issue.

Murkowski disagrees, and says she wants the government re-opened.

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"It's so urgent that we take steps to reopen parts of the government that directly affect working families, and that's why we're doing it bill by bill", House Appropriations Chairwoman Nita Lowey, D-N.Y., said in an interview Monday.

The bill at first had widespread support, but Democrats are split over Florida Republican Sen.

"While Democrats continue to play politics with border security, federal employees dedicated to their mission of keeping America safe and our border secure are still going to work knowing they will be missing their paychecks", Gibbs said in a statement.

"As I said on the night the partial government shutdown began, I do not think shutting down the government is ever the right answer", Gardner said on January 3. Chris Van Hollen, D-Md.

Asked if there will be a point at which Democrats need to compromise on the border wall, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi argued Democrats are already compromising by bringing to the floor spending bills that were passed by Senate Republicans. Democrats used Israel as a cudgel against Republicans in 1996 and 2013, when GOP lawmakers shut down the government, and again in 2005, when President George W. Bush, facing a crisis after Hurricane Katrina, reneged on promised additional funding to help resettle Israelis pulled out of the Gaza Strip. "This shutdown is squeezing the finances of so many Americans, including thousands of federal workers who live in Virginia". The president long claimed that Mexico would pay for the border wall, something that country has consistently said it would not do.

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