The latest federal government shutdown, aka “The Schumer Shutdown,” which is obviously named after Senate Democratic Minority leader Charles “Chuck” Schumer,” enters its 3 day.
Over the weekend, federal legislators scrambled to try to reach a deal to end the immigration reform-causing shutdown, but to no avail. No one is budging.
But like all shutdowns, the “Schumer shutdown,” or the Trump Shutdown,” as Democrats are calling it, is political in nature, and both political parties are taking full advantage of the government crippling effort.
Remember, it’s an election year.
Democrats are in desperate need of trying damage President Trump’s standing with Americans in hopes that Republicans will lose enough seats in congress to sway power over to them.
Republicans, knowing that mid-term elections usual favor the minority party, are trying to set the narrative that Democrats are anti-American, anti-Military, to be able to mitigate any Democratic Party gains come election night.
In addition, Republicans also think that there are certain Democratic controlled seats that are vulnerable, especially the Senate seat held by Bill Nelson in Florida (D), who voted against keeping the federal lights on.
Nelson, who is expected to receive a challenge from Gov. Rick Scott (R) in the coming months, has become a bit of a pet project for the National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC).
The NRSC, which has been targeting Nelson for quite some time, just launch a political video against Nelson, asking him to “stop playing politics” and end the “Schumer Shutdown.”
“Bill Nelson’s vote for the Schumer Shutdown will have serious, real world consequences for Florida children and seniors, as well as our national security…When it really mattered, Nelson sided with Washington Democrats instead of Florida, and voters won’t forget in November.”-NRSC Spokesperson Katie Martin
Here are what Schumer and other Democratic Senate leaders are saying about the “Trump Shutdown,” all all as what some prominent Florida members of the House are saying.
— Chuck Schumer (@SenSchumer) January 21, 2018
.@SenatorDurbin responds to the assertion that Democrats are holding the government hostage, forcing a shutdown: "You've got to concede one thing, Republicans are in control of this government… we are in a minority position." #ThisWeek pic.twitter.com/S3C7AZnvvI
— This Week (@ThisWeekABC) January 21, 2018
“The shutdown of the federal government is reckless and irresponsible. It may be especially harmful to our veterans, our seniors, and children’s health. That’s why I remain ready, willing, and eager to work with Republicans to negotiate a bipartisan agreement that would address the many challenges facing our nation. It must be done in a way that allows our military and all agencies the ability to have long term responsible planning and eliminates arbitrary budget caps that threaten our domestic and national security.
The Congress must also immediately pass legislation to allow the thousands of people, known as DREAMers, who were brought to this country as children to remain legally.”–Rep. Lois Frankel (D)
“While a government shutdown is uncomfortable for many people, including government employees and families nationwide, the real victim of Washington’s inability to follow regular order of budget and appropriations is the United States Armed Forces.
The brave men and women who serve, and their families, are profoundly affected by living CR to CR — short-term government funding bills that offer no real reform, and simply kick the can down the road for another month. I was proud to contribute to the House Budget Committee budget, which passed the House with my support. This was a fiscally responsible document, offering a robust increase in funding to America’s military, while trimming wasteful spending. The most recent continuing resolution, just like the previous CR, accomplishes none of those goals. While I hope that the government shutdown causes no one undue duress, if it takes a shutdown to get the Congressional budget process back on track, then it will have been valuable.” –Rep. Matt Gaetz (R)