Trump threatens shutdown as Ryan defends spending deal

  • Trump threatens shutdown as Ryan defends spending deal

Trump threatens shutdown as Ryan defends spending deal

Unlike the Senate, the House of Representatives has a 51 percent simple majority rule to pass legislation. They sounded a note of defeat, blaming Senate rules for a budget plan that merited closing most government operations.

"We've got a lot to do between now and September".

There is no doubt, as has been frequently pointed out, that there are problems with the current system, which has frustrated presidents and legislators on both sides of the aisle.

Arizona Sen. John McCain, asked if there's any appetite among senators for a government shutdown, said: "None that I've detected".

Congress approves budget to fund government through September. The bill doesn't provide as much money for a defense build-up as Trump requested and also doesn't fund a wall on the Mexican border, while preserving federal funding for Planned Parenthood, the women's health service that provides abortions. Upton's defection could make it easier for other moderates to vote no. Here are the Republican and Democratic wins in the $1 trillion funding package.

Republicans also lost the public relations fight over the shutdown.

Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn pushes back on Trump's call for a shutdown: "There have been comments from a number of people from a number of sources of shutdown being a good tactic". There's no better example than repeal of the Affordable Care Act (which we'll get to in a moment).

Sen. Orrin Hatch criticized President Donald Trump Tuesday over his call to end the filibuster, saying the U.S. "would have gone straight to socialism" without the Senate rule. That's entirely predictable. But either they're ignorant of history or deliberately suppressing the fact that shutdowns are actually a relatively low-risk exercise in political courage.

So they aren't going to let it happen. Patrick Leahy, ranking member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, said in a statement.

White House and Republicans said they would do better on the next negotiation on the next fiscal year, which starts October 1, but there's little reason to expect the results then to be substantially different. But Republican leaders and Trump himself also praised the stopgap measure as a major accomplishment and a sign of his masterful negotiating with Democrats. It means that Trump can't describe the bill with clarity or accuracy, and that as a result it's impossible to believe what he does say.

The irony is that Trump himself asked Republicans late past year to delay the spending debate until late April.

On Twitter, Trump suggested ending the legislative filibuster or forcing a government shutdown when funding runs out in September. You're acutely aware of the possibility of a "wave" election in 2018 that sweeps you from office. "They wanted to make this president look like he did not know what he was doing". With one stroke of the pen, he'll be backing down on two simultaneous shutdown ultimatums, and replacing them with a third.