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Schumer Voted for Wall in 2006 but Threatens Gov’t Shutdown over Funding Trump’s Wall

March 17, 2017

Adelle Nazarian

3/16/2017

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Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and several other Democrats sent a letter to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) on Monday threatening a government shutdown in April if Congress approves funding for President Donald Trump’s border wall.

However, in 2006, Schumer, along with 25 other Democrats, voted for President George W. Bush’s Secure Fence Act, which built 700 miles (1,000 km) of a protective barrier between the United States-Mexico border.

Part of the letter Schumer and other Democrats sent to McConnell read, “We believe it would be inappropriate to insist on the inclusion of (wall) funding in a must-pass appropriations bill that is needed for the Republican majority in control of the Congress to avert a government shutdown so early in President Trump’s administration.”

A copy of the letter was provided to the Associated Press.

The letter also made clear that including any “poison pill riders” — also known as wrecking amendments — in the bill would result in severe blowback.

“If Republicans insist on inserting poison pill riders such as defunding Planned Parenthood, building a border wall, or starting a deportation force, they will be shutting down the government and delivering a severe blow to our economy,” the letter continued.

The federal government is slated to run out of funding on April 28 — a scenario that can only be avoided if Congress passes a spending bill.

In 2013, the government shut down for the first time in 17 years for 16 days after Congress was unable to agree on a budget for the 2014 fiscal year. Republicans sought to block funding for the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare).

According to Standards & Poor’s, the shutdown cost the United States $24 billion. Now, Democrats are threatening to similarly shut the government down.

Monday’s letter also stated that the Democrats were “committed” to working with Republicans. “Rather than pursuing this partisan path, we hope both sides can work together to ensure the government remains funded going forward,” Schumer and the Democrats wrote.

Earlier this month, Schumer publicly declared that he does not see “any place” where he and the Democrats in the Senate can work with President Trump.

While Republicans would be able to pass a budget with 60 votes, or a simple majority, they would need at least eight Democratic votes as well.

 

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  1. March 18, 2017 3:23 am

    Trump is not Netanyahu and his far right group favorite person for President. Despite all the money and support he gave to Israel. But it should be obvious to most by now that there Jewish groups with deep objection to the Likud government. Some of the differences have religious bases , they do not accept the Zionist views of the reading of their Holy Books. Brutally stated their difference does not differ from our differences and every nation has differences. But with Judaism the roots are deep. As most know there were 12 tribes called “people of the book” at one time. The Jewish tribe took over the leadership of all the Tribes by way of Abraham, who was given a Covenant by God to the land of ISRAEL where God would gather all his people. Abraham, before he died gave the Covenant to his Son Juda to be the leader of all the tribes. From then on the Jewish tribe took control of the original books, the Covenant became part of the Sacred Books. The Tribes assimilated in Israel but many remained loyal to their old Books and their Rabbi wrote them.The Zionist Jewish books were written by Jewish Rabi. I ma no religious expert,I read Sacred book like I read al books, with an open mind looking for historical clues and knowledge. But we rae in such a mess and confusion with the Zionist pushing for wars and the others who want to wait for God’s will. I am not Jewish but would not be surprised if heir argument goes much like ours
    politically ‘THE CONSTITUTION NEVER SAY THAT ETC ETc. Jesus ai it gets messy.
    As for Trump, Netanyahu and his gang have their own plans for the world and they do not want to share power with Trump who is not very docile and obedient like SCHUMER.

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