Senate Democrats Vote to Shutdown Federal Government

 

Working late into the night, the US Senate has rejected advancing a bill that would fund the federal government for the next 30 days. That means the government will technically shut down at midnight Eastern Time.

Senate Democratic leadership opposed the bill in an attempt to force Republicans to accept their terms on DACA. Sixty votes were needed for passage, but 48 senators voted against it.

Four Republicans — Jeff Flake, Lindsey Graham, Mike Lee, and Rand Paul — voted against advancing the continuing resolution. Five Democrats — Joe Donnelly, Heidi Heitkamp, Doug Jones, Joe Manchin, and Claire McCaskill — broke with their party and voted for the bill. Arizona Senator John McCain was absent for health reasons.

“This is completely unfair and uncompassionate for my Democratic colleagues to filibuster government funding, harm our troops, and jeopardize health coverage for nine million children because extreme elements of their base want illegal immigration to crowd out every other priority,” Senate Majority Leader McConnell said.

Serious effects of a shutdown won’t be felt until government employees are scheduled to return to work Monday morning. There is still a chance a compromise could be reached before that time.

 

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  1. DocJay Inactive
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    The chaos of the Chucky Chokehold begins. Dogs and cats, living together.

    • #1
  2. Dave Sussman Podcaster
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    Democrats: “Illegals first”.

    Trump: “America first”.

    Pick a side.

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  3. Jules PA Member
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    #SchumerShutdown

    It’s a thing.

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  4. The King Prawn Inactive
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    Jules PA (View Comment):
    #SchumerShutdown

    It’s a thing.

    Until it is reported in the news.

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  5. MarciN Member
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    The Democratic senators are letting Aaron Sorkin write their lines. Too funny. It matters to Democrats because it’s mostly Democrats who work for the federal government. Republicans say, “Geesh, we’ll save some money for a few days.” :)

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  6. Jules PA Member
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    MarciN (View Comment):
    Republicans say, “Geesh, we’ll save some money for a few days.” :)

    Except, I think very little money is saved.

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  7. Jules PA Member
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    What I don’t understand is, how the Dems can be so successfully self-righteous, no matter which side of a shut down they’re on.

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  8. Joseph Stanko Coolidge
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    Jules PA (View Comment):
    What I don’t understand is, how the Dems can be so successfully self-righteous, no matter which side of a shut down they’re on.

    It’s an unfair advantage: they’re self-righteous about everything all the time, so they have more practice than Republicans.

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  9. Chris Member
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    Joseph Stanko (View Comment):

    Jules PA (View Comment):
    What I don’t understand is, how the Dems can be so successfully self-righteous, no matter which side of a shut down they’re on.

    It’s an unfair advantage: they’re self-righteous about everything all the time, so they have more practice than Republicans.

    Further to the above, having a compliant media makes everything easier – no backtalk.

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  10. Instugator Thatcher
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    The King Prawn (View Comment):

    Jules PA (View Comment):
    #SchumerShutdown

    It’s a thing.

    Until it is reported in the news.

    It is reported in the News. NYT and AP are laying the blame on the Democrats.

    It is a Trumpian Miracle.

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  11. Aaron Miller Member
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    Jon Gabriel, Ed.: Four Republicans — Jeff Flake, Lindsey Graham, Mike Lee, and Rand Paul — voted against advancing the continuing resolution

    Despite a Republican President and a Congressional majority, we are still talking about continuing resolutions and not active budgeting. It’s theater on both sides of the aisle.

    Rule of law is on life support.

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  12. Seawriter Contributor
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    Best way to get the Democrats to vote for a funding bill is put pressure on Democrat voters. I think Trump should announce Federal workers will not be reimbursed for hours they don’t work and if they want to be paid will have to take vacation hours. That’s one of the largest voting blocs the Dems have.

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  13. Seawriter Contributor
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    By the way, the Library of Congress and US Navy History and Heritage Command websites are still working. That [CoC] Obama had them taken down during the last shutdown.

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  14. JoelB Member
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    MarciN (View Comment):
    It matters to Democrats because it’s mostly Democrats who work for the federal government.

    @marcin Do you have a source for this assumption? Not trying to be troublesome, but as one who has worked for state government and with Federal Highway counterparts, I question this based upon my own experience. You might be surprised at how many conservatives are out there. This shutdown also affects National Guard and Reserve members as pointed out on another thread. I have some experience there as well.

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  15. Songwriter Inactive
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    Jules PA (View Comment):
    What I don’t understand is, how the Dems can be so successfully self-righteous, no matter which side of a shut down they’re on.

    Democrats are self-righteous by nature. It really doesn’t matter what position they take, it will always be the righteous one.

    Despite the cognitive dissonance of their position, it’s easy for Dems to be this way because they are also oblivious to facts, logic, and common sense by nature.

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  16. Kozak Member
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    FeinsteinPeople will die because of shutdown

    Feinstein Votes to shut down Government

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  17. WI Con Member
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    Joseph Stanko (View Comment):

    Jules PA (View Comment):
    What I don’t understand is, how the Dems can be so successfully self-righteous, no matter which side of a shut down they’re on.

    It’s an unfair advantage: they’re self-righteous about everything all the time, so they have more practice than Republicans.

    Have you listened to or read Ben Sasse, Jeff Flake or David French lately?

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  18. Seawriter Contributor
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    WI Con (View Comment):

    It’s an unfair advantage: they’re self-righteous about everything all the time, so they have more practice than Republicans.

    Have you listened to or read Ben Sasse, Jeff Flake or David French lately?

    They still don’t get as much practice as the Democrats. They are only self-righteous about Trump’s perceived failings.

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  19. Guruforhire Member
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    AFN is already cut off the air.

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  20. EDISONPARKS Member
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    The entire shutdown media drama was orchestrated by Chuck Schumer, for the purpose of maximizing national media exposure for Chuck Schumer.

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  21. Jules PA Member
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    Chris (View Comment):

    Joseph Stanko (View Comment):

    Jules PA (View Comment):
    What I don’t understand is, how the Dems can be so successfully self-righteous, no matter which side of a shut down they’re on.

    It’s an unfair advantage: they’re self-righteous about everything all the time, so they have more practice than Republicans.

    Further to the above, having a compliant media makes everything easier – no backtalk.

    Right. As you said, they have a national coalition of compliant media.

    And an applauding portion of the public.

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  22. Jules PA Member
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    Aaron Miller (View Comment):

    Jon Gabriel, Ed.: Four Republicans — Jeff Flake, Lindsey Graham, Mike Lee, and Rand Paul — voted against advancing the continuing resolution

    Despite a Republican President and a Congressional majority, we are still talking about continuing resolutions and not active budgeting. It’s theater on both sides of the aisle.

    Rule of law is on life support.

    Isn’t it the tyranny of the urgent? Always a continuing resolution, so that the budgeting and funding process can be used as leverage for things like DACA and CHIP?

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  23. Jules PA Member
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    What is the legislative process for breaking the cycle of continuing resolution, and returning to proper budgeting and funding?

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  24. Jules PA Member
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    Jon Gabriel, Ed.: Four Republicans — Jeff Flake, Lindsey Graham, Mike Lee, and Rand Paul — voted against advancing the continuing resolution.

    What is the basis of their no vote? Do these 4 form a coalition of no?

    What do they want in exchange for their YES vote?

    • #24
  25. Jules PA Member
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    I hate to use network info, but:

    Four republicans voted down the measure, either because of their DACA concerns or military funding. Those senators include Graham of South Carolina, Flake of Arizona, Rand Paul of Kentucky and Mike Lee of Utah.

    ….

    The military’s ongoing military operations will not be impacted, though nearly 1.3 million active duty service members would not be paid until after the shutdown ends.

    http://abcnews.go.com/amp/Politics/government-shutdown-begins/story?id=52478196

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  26. Jules PA Member
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    Ok, so, Repub senators have concerns about military funding, then vote NO on the CR, which forces a shutdown, that prevents military from getting paid?

    I think explanation is needed from these yoohas.

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  27. Jules PA Member
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    “I’m not going to vote for a CR,” Graham told reporters Wednesday. “I want to be fair to the DACA population. I want to begin to fix a broken immigration system. But above all else I want to rebuild the military that’s in a great decline. … And there is no way in the world to fix this problem without dealing with the DACA issue.”

    https://hotair.com/headlines/archives/2018/01/lindsey-graham-im-not-going-vote-funding-bill-without-daca-fix/

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  28. Jules PA Member
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    In an interview late Thursday night, an exasperated Flake—who is not running for re-election this year—pinned the blame entirely on McConnell and Trump.

    “We’re not going to get any better, particularly on the [immigration] issue, by waiting three weeks,” Flake told The Daily Beast. …

    He told reporters that he would vote against a GOP-led measure to advance the House-passed spending bill, which would keep the government’s lights on for four more weeks.

    https://libertyunyielding.com/2018/01/19/jeff-flake-sides-openly-democrats-daca-shutdown/

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  29. Jules PA Member
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    Republican Sens. Mike Lee (Utah) and Rand Paul (Ky.) were the only two senators to vote against taking up a House-passed bill to fund the government through mid-February.

    The two GOP senators are perennial “no” votes on spending measures.

    homenews/senate/369629-live-coverage-house-senate-in-scramble-as-shutdown-looms

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  30. Jules PA Member
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    In addition to the Democratic wall, a handful of Republican senators voted against the bill. Sens. Lindsey Graham and Mike Lee voted against due to concerns about the adequacy of another CR in funding the government. The bill would have only funded the government through February 16. Sen. Rand Paul also voted against the bill because of its addition to the national debt. Jeff Flake also voted no.

    http://www.businessinsider.com/government-shutdown-senate-vote-fails-after-no-trump-gop-democrat-deal-2018-1

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