Saturday, March 18, 2017
This Is The Cooperation The Democrats Want So Much
Schumer Threatens Gov’t Shutdown Over Funding Border Wall He Previously Supported
(The Daily Signal) Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer is threatening a government shutdown if funding for a border wall is included in a must-pass government spending bill.
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“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,” Schumer, D-N.Y., said in a statement, according to Bloomberg.
Funding for the federal government will run out during the last week of April and in order to avoid a government shutdown, Congress must pass a spending bill by April 28.
In 2006, Schumer was among 26 Democrats who voted for the Secure Fence Act of 2006 that was passed by both chambers of Congress and signed by President George W. Bush on Oct. 26, 2006.
The goal of the Secure Fence Act was to “protect the American people,” and “make our borders more secure,” said Bush in a statement.
A new letter signed by Schumer said that provisions such as funding for a border wall should not be included in the appropriations bill.
“We believe it would be inappropriate to insist on the inclusion of such funding in a must-pass appropriations bill that is needed for the Republican majority in control of the Congress to avert a government shutdown so early in President [Donald] Trump’s administration,” the letter said.
The letter was directed to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., and Sen. Thad Cochran, R-Miss., chairman of the Senate Committee on Appropriations.
In addition to Schumer, the letter was signed by Sens. Richard Durbin, D-Ill.; Patty Murray, D-Wash.; Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich.; and Patrick Leahy, D-Vt.
Sixty votes are needed to pass the bill in the Senate. Since there are 52 Republican senators, McConnell will need at least eight Democrat votes….