Tag Archives: Trump’s shutdown

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Grassley Prays for Wisdom for Trump

“Let’s all pray that the president will have wisdom to sign the bill so government doesn’t shut down.”

— Sen. Charles Grassley (R-IA), offering his own prayer after the official prayer to open Senate business.

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Reppublicans Admit the Shutdown Was Bad for the GOP

“In hindsight, the shutdown didn’t help us. You have to ignore reality to say anything different. It didn’t help us. The deal we ended up with now is worse than we had before the shutdown.”

— Rep. Chris Stewart (R-UT), in an interview on CNN.

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Voters Oppose Another Shutdown Over Wall, Against Emergency Declaration

58%

A new Morning Consult poll finds just 31% of voters support shutting the government down again to force Congress to appropriate money for the wall, while nearly twice that many, 58%, oppose another shutdown. Meanwhile, President Trump has suggested that he could declare a “national emergency” to avert a shutdown but still build the wall — but that, too, is unpopular. A narrow, 51% majority opposes declaring an emergency, which is supported by 38%.

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The Shutdown Cost $11 Billion

$11 billion

“The federal government shutdown cost the economy $11 billion, according to a new analysis from the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office, reflecting lost output from federal workers, delayed government spending and reduced demand,” CNBC reports. “The report, which was released Monday, estimated a hit of $3 billion, or 0.1 percent, to economic activity during the fourth quarter of 2018. The impact was projected to be greater during the first quarter of 2019: $8 billion, or 0.2 percent of GDP.”

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Pelosi: Trump Underestimated the Dems

“Our diversity is our strength. But our unity is our power. And that is what maybe the president underestimated.”

— Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), quoted by the Washington Post.

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Coulter Calls Trump ‘Wimp’ for caving on Wall

“Good news for George Herbert Walker Bush: As of today, he is no longer the biggest wimp ever to serve as President of the United States.”

— Ann Coulter, on Twitter.

Poetic Justice

Trump’s Leverage Lost

Yesterday, six GOP senators decided to flip —
And voted to end the shutdown and brinkmanship.
Leaving Trump with no leverage
And bad media coverage,
And a base about ready to give him a pink slip.

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Unpaid IRS Workers Not Shoing Up to Work

14,000

“At least 14,000 unpaid workers in the Internal Revenue Service division that includes tax processing and call centers did not show up for work this week despite orders to do so, according to two House aides, posing a challenge to the Trump administration’s ability to minimize the damage from the government shutdown,” the Washington Post reports. “The Trump administration ordered more than 30,000 employees back to work unpaid to prepare for tax filing season, which is set to begin next week. But of the 26,000 workers called back to the IRS division that includes the tax processing centers and call centers, about 9,000 workers could not be reached and about 5,000 more claimed a hardship exemption, IRS officials have told members of Congress.”

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Kudlow Claims Furlough Government Employees Are ‘Volunteering’ for Trump

“God bless them. They’re working for free. They’re volunteering. But they do it because they believe government service is honorable and they believe in President Trump and they’re working as hard as ever.”

— White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow told reporters that thousands of federal employees working without pay were “volunteering” because of “their love for the country and the office of the presidency and presumably their allegiance to President Trump.”

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Landrieu: Trump ‘Stuck on Stupid’

“The president is way stuck on stupid right now. There is no mayor in America in his/her right mind that would ever think about shutting down the government.”

— Former New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu (D), in an interview on MSNBC.