The Democrats are threatening a government shutdown to prevent Trump from building a wall. It is an amazingly hypocritical position if you consider how the Democrats attacked Republicans in the past for even insinuating a shutdown.
Via CBS News (2015):
Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-New York, also blasted Ryan for his comments.
“The power of the purse doesn’t give the Republicans the right to jam through ideological riders that could never stand on their own. The power of the purse doesn’t give Republicans the right to hold government hostage unless we repeal Dodd-Frank or defund Planned Parenthood. We’re not going to let that happen,” he said.
Republicans, Schumer added, would be responsible for causing a government shutdown in December.
Via The Observer:
“I’ll give you the basic line,” Mr. Schumer relented after twice declining to comment on the shutdown situation. “The basic line is: No matter how strongly one feels about an issue, you shouldn’t hold millions of people hostage. That’s what the other side is doing. That’s wrong and we can’t give in to that.”
Now Chucky Schumer is pulling a complete 180. To hell with holding “millions of people hostage” for your own political advantage. Anything to stop Trump and the Republicans.
The Washington Examiner reports:
Schumer warns of government shutdown over border wall funding
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said Democrats will not vote for a must-pass government funding bill next month if it includes money for construction of a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border.
“That will not stand,” Schumer, D-N.Y., warned Monday in a Senate floor speech. “It would be inappropriate in our judgement to insist on the inclusions of such funding in a must-pass appropriations bill that is needed by the Republican majority to avoid a government shutdown.”
A short-term funding measure expires in April.
Republicans, who control majorities in both chambers, have not indicated what they plan to include in a bill that would fund the government for the remainder of the fiscal year. Some options include supplemental funding for the military or additional money for building the border wall that President Trump promised during his campaign.