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1117, 27 Dec 18

Government Shutdown Continues

Such as it is

(Bloomberg) — The partial U.S. government shutdown entered its sixth day on Thursday as the White House and lawmakers remain at odds over President Donald Trump’s demands to fund a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border.

There’s little indication of any imminent agreement to resolve the standoff as the Christmas holiday in the U.S. passed and the new Congress is set to convene next week.Trump is demanding $5 billion for the wall, while Democratic leaders have proposed $1.3 billion for border security.Congressional leaders remained out of town, while Trump made an unannounced visit to U.S. troops in Iraq.The Senate is scheduled to reconvene on Thursday but no schedule has been announced. There are no votes planned in the House. Lawmakers will be given 24 hours notice if there is a breakthrough that would require a vote.

Trump said during the Iraq visit that the shutdown would last as long as it takes to get the funding he wants for the border wall and additional security.The president declined to say what level of funding he’d accept.Republicans said they were waiting for a counteroffer from Democrats to the proposal said to have been made by Vice President Mike Pence on Saturday of $2.1 billion for new border barriers, along with $400 million for other Trump immigration priorities.Even with most lawmakers out of town, some discussions were taking place, according to congressional aides.Trump is scheduled to return to Washington on Thursday.

Granted, it’s the Christmas season and a lot of people are disconnected, but I’ve not witnessed anyone much noticing that the government is shut down – much less being upset by it. It doesn’t seem that the shutdown has changed minds, swayed public opinion, or changed the political calculus in any way.


1117, 27 December 2018


  1. Kevin Scheunemann

    Shut it down.

    Doesn’t bother me any.

    Let the states run the National Parks, like in Utah.

  2. Le Roi du Nord

    What about all the poor folks, Mr. Grinch?

    I suppose you don’t care because your idol trump said most of the folks not getting paid are Democrats.  Political retribution, a real class act.

  3. Kevin Scheunemann


    Democrats can fix this easily by securing border from gangs and terrorists.

    Liberals hate the poor and continually assault on them with their hate America policies, only so much I can do to beat back hateful, grinch, liberalism

  4. Le Roi du Nord

    And trump can fix it as well with the stroke of a pen.  After all, this shut down is all his.  And he can’t even get R’s to agree to it.

    If you are so concerned about border security, what about all the Coast Guard folks working without pay to guard our coastlines?  No concern for them?  Or for the Homeland Security folks?  Or DoJ?    Shame on you.

  5. Merlin

    If they’re still collecting taxes they aren’t shut down.

  6. Kevin Scheunemann


    This is on Pelosi!

    What good does it do to pay Coast Guard to protect our shores, if we let threats cross land border with impunity?

    It’s insulting to members of Coast Guard.

    This is all on America hating liberals who want to destroy our borders.

    Trump is doing awesome and will hold his ground from these hypocrite Democrats who preached border wall during Obama!

  7. Le Roi du Nord


    Spin this however you want, but this is what trump said, “proud to shut down the government for border security.”

    And how you can make that statement about the fine men and women in the CG is beyond contempt.

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