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Mitch McConnell Is The Reason The Government Could Shut Down

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Congress is preparing for a potential government shutdown, and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) has found a scapegoat. On Thursday, McConnell sent an email to Senate Republicans outlining a plan to stage a series of votes over the weekend, if a new budget doesn’t pass by its due time on Friday night, designed to put Democrats from largely conservative states on the defensive and place the blame for a shut down squarely on their shoulders. Coincidentally, these 10 Democratic senators from conservative states are up for re-election this fall.

The votes McConnell plans to call would require Democrats to vote against government spending, DACA, and the funding necessary for children’s healthcare. How much more heartless can he get, trying to force Senators to deny children their right to healthcare?

“We should all plan to stay through this weekend if Senate Democrats follow through and are willing to shut down the government and the Children’s Health Insurance Program because they have yet to conclude a deal on DACA,” said McConnell in his email. “This is an irresponsible position to take as everything from pay for our military to processing social security checks will be affected. I hope not a single Republican is inclined to join them.”

The function of our Congress is to operate and fund the government. That is their basic Constitutional requirement. If it doesn’t happen, it is not just 10 moderate Democrats’ faults, it is the fault of every single lawmaker in Congress for not meeting in the middle and coming to an agreement. It’s fairly simple to understand. Better yet, Congress has a Republican majority in both the House and the Senate. Just how does one suppose they can blame Democrats for a government shutdown? The only point history will remember is a Republican Congress under President Donald Trump managed to bring about a government shutdown. Sorry McConnell, but you plan will not work.

“Senate Republicans have a herculean task ahead of them to blame anyone but the president for this shutdown,” said a spokesman for Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY), Matt House. “The American people will know exactly where to place the blame for the first-ever shutdown under total Republican control in Washington.”


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