The Senate didn’t pass the budget extension act that had passed the House earlier in the week and the federal government went into its first shutdown since 2013. Pointing fingers and the blame game started even before it was obvious that an agreement wouldn’t be reached. Of course the federal government is controlled by the Republican Party since they have majorities in both the House and the Senate and President Trump in the White House. But this shutdown belongs totally the the president.
A: The GOP is blaming the Democrats for their refusal to move forward without a resolution for the Dreamers…those young people who are affected by the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). Well if President Trump hadn’t pulled the plug on DACA last fall and dumped it in the lap of Congress with an artificial end date in March of 2018…there’d be nothing to talk about right now. So instead of leaving well enough alone…the president created an artificial crisis.
B: Recently the president stated he would take the heat and sign whatever DACA/immigration proposal that a bipartisan Congress would hash out. Congress took him at his word and brought a bipartisan bill to the White House last week. The president promptly trashed it and angered elected officials on both sides of the aisle. If he had acquiesced as he had promised that bill would have passed and DACA would have been off the table for the budget continuation.
So President Trump owns this…all of this.
But there is some blame to be shared by the GOP as well…if an actual budget had been passed on time…something that seems to be harder and harder to accomplish each year…we wouldn’t need these continuation bills either. Crisis totally averted.
The one upside…someone in the White House convinced President Trump to stay in Washington instead of flying off to Florida for the weekend.