After Congress failed to strike a deal on government funding since Democrats refused to approve funding until Republicans back down on DACA for 800,000 illegal immigrants, the President and Senator Chuck Schumer felt a last-last minute meeting over cheeseburgers on Friday night.
Even though it literally was last minute, the effort fell through. In the statement issued from the White House the deal was regarded as the “Schumer Shutdown”.
The statement also stated that the White House will not negotiate on illegal aliens until Democrats approve the government funding. They said, “this is the behavior of obstructionist losers, not legislators.”
This is precisely what Chuck Schumer called shutting down the government to push immigration reform in back in 2013. He said it was then “politics of idiocy” and “government chaos.”
Interestingly, the Senator countered the statement from the White House and he claimed he stepped down and even offered full funding for the border wall but was still refused by President Trump.
However, it looks like that wasn’t entirely true.
According to a report from Biz Pac Review: “During the meeting, in exchange for strong Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals protections,” Schumer said from the Senate floor, “I reluctantly put the border wall on the table for the discussion. Even that was not enough to entice the president to finish the deal.”
Even he himself admitted that he put the topic for “discussion” he didn’t actually make any offer to fund the wall. He uses a wordplay to get DACA immediately while while guaranteeing nothing for his end of the bargain.
It’s not exactly surprising, considering Schumer’s track record of twisting the facts whenever it pleases him.
Biz Pac Review put it well when they said :What happened was more in line with the cartoon character Wimpy in the comic strip Popeye: “I’d gladly pay you Tuesday for a hamburger today.”
The media bought his story but the people on social media were a bit more critical about it.
The Democrat Senator probably thought he would trick President Trump into thinking he was making a deal, just to get what he wants. Unfortunately for him, the President wasn’t so easy to fool.
Schumer is demanding a meeting with the Congressional leadership on Saturday, now, most likely in hopes that he may find some other loophole to get his way.
The Gateway Pundit reported,
“The House budget resolution failed a cloture vote in the Senate on a largely party-line vote, 50 to 49. The Schumer Shutdown went into effect shortly after midnight Saturday. The Democrats chose illegal aliens over our wonderful men and women serving in the Military. Let that sink in.
On Saturday, Sarah Sanders tweeted out a photo sent to her from an infantryman serving in Afghanistan. Thank you, Chuck Schumer and Democrats! This is all on you!
American Forces Network provides entertainment and other services to our service members overseas. Due to Schumer’s shutdown, our men and women overseas currently do not have access to this network.
White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders tweeted, “I received this from a young infantryman serving in Afghanistan this morning. Sad that the men and women who have sacrificed so much are deprived of even the most basic connection to home bc Democrats are playing political games. #SchumerShutdown.””
I received this from a young infantryman serving in Afghanistan this morning. Sad that the men and women who have sacrificed so much are deprived of even the most basic connection to home bc Democrats are playing political games. #SchumerShutdown pic.twitter.com/jcUqU2crF1
— Sarah Sanders (@PressSec) January 20, 2018
The Independent Journal Review noted,
“When the government began its shutdown Friday, people on both sides of the political aisle tossed blame at one another. The impact the shutdown has on government services is far-reaching. The suspension of federal funding makes things especially difficult for our men and women in uniform.
According to Pew Research, there were 1.3 million active duty members of the U.S. military in 2016, and in August, the Pentagon announced there were 11,000 troops serving in Afghanistan.If Congress fails to pass a provision for the military and the shutdown extends through Feb. 1, it will have a devastating impact on military pay. But as it turns out, services to our troops are already being cut.
It didn’t take long for some DOD operations to grind to a halt: American Forces Network, which provides entertainment and command information to U.S. servicemembers worldwide through its television and radio services, was dark early Saturday morning in Europe.
Classical music was playing on its radio and television stations and the network posted a message online that said AFN services were not available due to the government shutdown. Sanders isn’t the only one in the White House to go after Democrats for the shutdown. On Saturday, President Donald Trump said Democrats in Congress were taking the military “hostage” over their desire to keep “unchecked illegal immigration.””
Even though troops won’t have regular access to the internet, ESPN came to save the day for the upcoming NFL championships.
“The American Forces Network will broadcast the NFL’s conference championship games despite the federal government shutdown. There was some question about access to the games for military outside the U.S. after the AFN put a message on its Facebook page on Saturday that its services would not be available because of the shutdown. The network airs American radio and television programming in Europe and other locations outside the U.S..
But White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders posted Sunday on her Twitter account that the AFN had been restored. NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy also tweeted that the games would be on the network and called it “great news.” New England takes on Jacksonville in the AFC Championship Game, and Minnesota faces Philadelphia in the NFC Championship Game.”
The shutdown not only threatens our military but so many other aspects of our society such as passport services, Secret Service detail, capitol security, veterans benefits Medicare benefits, Medicaid benefits, and the salaries of hundreds of thousands of American citizens who work for the state and federal government.
Senate Democrats have placed our military personnel in danger by shutting down the government as well as many American citizens. If our military doesn’t have the resources to self-sustain they will not be able to carry out our missions while overseas placing not only them but the United States in danger.
They are placing the lives of 650,000 DACA recipients above the 9,500,000 children who are recipients of the Children’s Health Insurance Program. The simple math is pretty easy to figure out that these children’s lives are the most important. It should go without saying, it’s self-explanatory.
People can die over these types of issues yet over the weekend both sides of the aisle were busy arguing over whether the shutdown was the Schumer Shutdown or Trump Shutdown. Instead of debating and negotiating to bring the government back into business.
While there has been another vote scheduled it appears that no headway has been made and our military will be left to continue to suffer.