Government 'Needs a Good Shutdown' to Fix Senate 'Mess'

Working families need higher wages and guaranteed time to care, not smoke and mirrors

Working families need higher wages and guaranteed time to care, not smoke and mirrors

But Trump himself has undermined that message by complaining over Twitter about the need for Democratic votes on the bill and suggesting that a "good "shutdown" might be in order.

But he defended the president's Tweets, saying a good shutdown is one that "fixes Washington DC permanently". Get better. Get fixed.

The President called about a dozen wavering Republican lawmakers throughout the day on Tuesday, urging them to back the health care bill, a White House official said.

"Make no mistake, we are beginning to build the wall", the president said.

"I told the leadership I can not support the bill with this provision in it", he said about changes made to requirements about covering people with pre-existing conditions.

Some Democrats responded, calling Mr. Trump's tweets irresponsible. "I know this budget reflects Democrat Party thinking", said Limbaugh, who rattled off the measure's continued funding of sanctuary cities, the Environmental Protection Agency and Planned Parenthood as examples.

Meanwhile, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Tuesday that nearly no senators would support removing the legislative filibuster, which is the procedural tool that can be overcome only by a so-called supermajority of 60 votes.

MULVANEY: "You can talk to the DHS about the details, but there's been a dramatic reduction in attacks on our Border Patrol agents where they can see through the wall, because nobody's throwing anything over the top at them", he said during the briefing, pointing at photos of border fencing already in place. He added, "We need to make sure that the people who are supposed to represent us, people who are meeting about this right now in Washington, understand that very clearly".

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President Abraham Lincoln's team of rivals and the 1964 Civil Rights Act signed by Lyndon Johnson are part of the history of major achievements in the United States with bipartisan support. McConnell told reporters. "There's not a single senator in the majority who thinks we ought to change the legislative filibuster".

Previous shutdowns have cost the U.S. economy tens of billions of dollars and seen federal services grind to a halt, as thousands of non-essential personnel are temporarily laid off. A 16-day partial shutdown in 2013 cost $24 billion, according to Moody's and Standard and Poor's.

Those employed in jobs ranging from National Parks to post offices are banned from working or receiving their pay during a shutdown.

The $1.2 trillion agreement would increase military spending by $25 billion, or 4.5%, above fiscal year 2016 levels.

Noting that not only did the administration pull in 21 billion in defense spending, it successfully got rid of the Obama administration's dollar for dollar deal.

Another item Mulvaney cited as a big win was retention of longstanding prohibitions against federal funding of abortion called the Hyde amendment.

Republicans have long vowed to repeal Democratic former President Barack Obama's 2010 healthcare restructuring, arguing that the law, which allowed some 20 million Americans to gain healthcare insurance, was too intrusive and expensive.

But Mulvaney correctly noted that the pending measure was a victory for Republicans because the administration succeeded in breaking the link - forged over several Obama-era spending deals - that required that any increases in defense spending be matched by an equal, dollar-for-dollar increase for nondefense programs.

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