President Donald Trump hasn’t had a good run of things in his first eight months of his first term as president of the United States, he can claim he’s making America great again; however, he’s had a pretty rough time getting his agenda through Congress.
However, Trump informed his supporters at a Phoenix, Arizona campaign-style rally that he had a plan.
If he can’t get the funding to build his border wall (one of the main issues that made up a majority of his platform), he will be more than happy to shut down the government.
‘If we have to close down our government, we’re building that wall.’
Great. He’s now going to be the petulant child that throws a tantrum and puts our country at a standstill for his wall. CNBC reported:
‘If Congress does not reach a funding deal that the president signs into law by a Sept. 30 deadline, the government will shut down. Congressional Democrats have explicitly said they will not support a deal that includes money for the wall.’
If they send Trump a bill that doesn’t include border wall funding, he can easily veto it, which would result in a government shutdown. Of course, if Democrats refuse to fund the bill, as they’ve stated multiple times they won’t, Trump and Republicans in Congress will turn the blame around on the “obstructionist Democrats.” He even spoke directly to them during the rally.
‘Let me be very clear to Democrats in Congress who oppose a border wall and stand in the way of border security. You are putting all of America’s safety at risk. You’re doing that. My administration will never back down in demanding immigration control.’
However, even Republicans have their doubts about a wall. Back in February, shortly after Trump was inaugurated, CNN reported:
‘Interviews with more than a dozen GOP lawmakers across the ideological spectrum suggest Trump could have a difficult time getting funding for his plan approved by Congress.’
Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) for example remarked:
‘If you’re going to spend that kind of money, you’re going to have to show me where you’re going to get that money. I don’t see how you can get a bill like that through (Congress) without offsets. I don’t see how that’s possible.’
The effects of a government shutdown are far reaching. They would include the shutting down of national parks, national zoos, national museums, passport application approval hold ups, government job furloughs, gun permit application approval hold ups (take note Republicans), delay of loans for small businesses, and more. However, the government would still collect your taxes. Funny how that works, isn’t it?
So, get ready folks. There will be a fight coming within the next month, and the fallout from that fight doesn’t look good.
— ITV News (@itvnews) August 23, 2017
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