A top Republican senator is predicting that the shutdown could last many months. The Washington Examiner reports:
A top Senate Republican warned Thursday the nearly two-week partial shutdown could go on for “months and months” as a resolution to the impasse between President Trump and congressional Democrats over border security grows more elusive.
Sen. Richard Shelby, R-Ala., chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee, said that he is not optimistic that a deal could be struck between the two sides, after a White House meeting Wednesday between Trump and congressional Democratic leaders. Congressional leaders are expected to meet with Trump again on Friday.
“I’m thinking we might be in for a long haul here,” Shelby told reporters at the Capitol. “I’m not optimistic now.”
Shelby added, “If we can ever get over this, I think then you’ve got another week. A new week, a new day, and so forth.” But that seems increasingly unlikely, he said. “If we don’t get over this — if this goes on for months and months, and it could, I hope not, then that might be a preview of coming attractions.”
The shutdown is do or die for Trump – if he secures wall funding, it will be a great boost to his popularity with the base, but giving up now would be a death knelt for his reelection.
The DemoCRAPS, not unlike the PLO, is showing their true colors! They cried and cried for the “dreamers” yet, when the Prez offered a plan for them for the wall money, the DemoCRAPS said NO! I guess they don’t care about the “dreamers” after all!
Don’t abandon us President Trump. A few thousand government worker without pay is worth the millions more whose lives deserve safe guarding. Remember, those government workers are also worthy of your protection. We are all worth more than $$$$.
As far as I am concerned, the shutdown can go on forever, at least for Congressional staff, the UN, Education, Labor, all government research grants, tax support for the arts (none of these projects are really the job of government), farm subsidies, and a host of other non-vital expenditures. Maybe this will help slim down the shamefully bloated federal budget.
All this BS because the Democrats will not a one time expenditure to support border security that amounts to less than 0.15% of the fiscal year 2019 budget. Just one example for comparison is the NASA budget year after year is more than 3 times that amount to chase space rocks in far out galaxies and protect us from alien invasions.