Tag Archives: Government Shutdown

Enumerati

Government Will Run Out of Money in Two Weeks

2

Playbook: “Yes, here we are again, government funding runs out in less than two weeks, and there’s more drama developing behind the scenes.”

Enumerati

More Voters Blame GOP for the Shutdown

41% to 36%

A new Politico/Morning Consult poll finds more voters blame Republicans in Congress for the government shutdown than Democrats, 41% to 36%.

Verbatim

Shutdowns Are a Part of GOP Brand

“This is so basic and runs so deep that people ignore it. But it’s worth repeating: shutdowns are part of the Republican brand. The facts, in this case, show the GOP is at fault. But even if they didn’t, even if the facts showed the opposite, the GOP would still have a hard time because again: shutdowns are part of the Republican brand. They invented them as a policy and legislative cudgel. They’ve used them consistently under Democratic presidents. And because Republicans are generally inimical to the idea that government is a positive force in people’s lives and valorize dramatic and high stakes political gambits they have consistently embraced the concept and strategy of government shutdowns.”

Josh Marshall

Enumerati

Voters Don’t Want a Government Shutdown

63%

A new Politico/Morning Consult poll finds 63% say members of Congress should should avoid a government shutdown at all costs. Only 18% of voters surveyed say members should allow a temporary government shutdown if it helps them achieve their policy goals. The remaining 19% of voters are undecided.

Verbatim

McConnell Predicts No Government Shutdown

“Look, there’s not going to be a government shutdown. It’s just not going to happen.”

— Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), quoted by The Hill, noting he “can’t imagine” Democrats “want to shut down the government over an issue that’s not an emergency.”

Poetic Justice

Tweet Trips Shutdown Talks

The scent of bipartisanship was, as usual, fleeting,
As the Tweeter-in-Chief could, as usual, not stop tweeting.
So Democrats Nancy and Chuck
Told Trump to take a flying f**k,
And just blew off the White House government shutdown meeting.

Enumerati

Goldman Sachs Predicts 50:50 Odds of Government Shutdown

50%

Goldman Sachs believes there is a 50% chance that the federal government will experience a short shutdown next month, CNBC reports. From the statement: “Presidential approval continues to decline, and is the lowest for any first-term president in his first year in office. Low approval ratings raise legislative risks. In the near term, we believe there is a 50% chance of a brief government shutdown, as the president seeks to solidify support among his base by embracing more controversial positions.”

Verbatim

Apparently There Are Two Kinds of Government Shutdown

“At times there could be a good shutdown, at times there may not be a good shutdown. There could be reasons at various times why that is the right outcome.”

— Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, quoted by The Hill, when asked about President Trump’s tweet earlier this year that “Our country needs a good ‘shutdown’ in September to fix mess!”

Poetic Justice

Stinko de Mayo

Who says bipartisanship is a myth?
To avert a shutdown Congress acted forthwith.
They ignored Trump’s tweets
And averted defeat,
Extending the budget all the way to May 5th!

h/t to TP

Poetic Justice

Shutdown’s a Win!

All the stuff in Trump’s budget — where to begin?
Though Congress’ heels seem to be firmly dug in.
But if the Hill denies it,
Trump just might not sign it,
Because to his way of thinking, a shutdown’s a win!