Associated Press, NYT Torpedo Democratic Narrative On Government Shutdown

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Posted: Jan 20, 2018 9:00 AM
Associated Press, NYT Torpedo Democratic Narrative On Government Shutdown

Two meteors fell yesterday. Tim covered one of them; the government has been shutdown after the Senate failed to cobble enough votes to pass a stopgap measure to keep its doors open. Nancy Pelosi of course attacked the Trump White House (via Roll Call):

The Senate on Friday failed to cut off debate on a House-passed bill that would avert a government shutdown and extend funding another four weeks, setting into motion a lapse of appropriations under a unified Republican government. 

Lawmakers spent the day trying to negotiate a deal. Democrats huddled as a conference prior to the vote, while several GOP members met in Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s office. White House Legislative Affairs Director Marc Short traversed the Capitol throughout the night to meet with House and Senate leadership offices. But in the end, the Senate was unable to muster the 60 votes needed to cut off debate on the measure, falling short, 50-49. 

McConnell voted against the measure so he could bring the measure back up for reconsideration.

The other event is that the Associated Press and The New York Times called out the Democrats for being responsible for the shutdown. Some left wing publications were not happy

After a continuing resolution to keep the government open was passed in December, Democrats signaled that they would not be supporting future spending bills, even clean ones, until FISA, Children’s Health Insurance Program, and DACA were addressed. FISA is all but a done deal. CHIP is funded for six years with the House spending bill that passed on Thursday, and DACA doesn’t come to a head until March. President Trump issued a six-month enforcement delay on DACA when he decided to wind down the program gradually in September of 2017, citing the Obama-era program is constitutionally questionable. The delay was meant for Congress to get DACA right. Everyone wants to do something for this program’s 800,000 recipients. The issue here is that Trump wants a wall. No wall, no deal—that’s the mantra. 

Democrats have a) longed called government shutdowns irresponsible, directing their attacks at Republicans; and b) they’ve said that tying immigration to budgetary matters is just an exercise in chaos. Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) mentioned that during the 2013 debt ceiling negotiations. The latter is the audible here. Democrats want a DACA deal first. It's all insane. Congressional Democrats are getting everything they want. The only problem is that they don’t like the order in which Senate Republicans are acting on these items. Luckily, the Times and AP cite who really deserves the blame for this shutdown—and it’s not the GOP. Five Democrats broke ranks to vote for the measure. Even The Times’ Jonathan Martin noted that it’s hard to call this a GOP shutdown when most of the Senate GOP caucus and five Democrats voted to keep the government open. 

(H/T Twitchy)