Will the Government Shut Down Again?

There is a real possibility the government may shut down again later this week if an agreement cannot be reached on immigration and military spending.

While members of the House of Representatives are gearing up to pass a continuing resolution that would fund the government through March 22, the chances of such a bill getting through the Senate are slim. At the same time, a recent bipartisan proposal to provide permanent status to DACA recipients without building a border wall or taking action on President Trump’s other immigration priorities has little to no chance of passing the House.

The U.S. government shut down at midnight on January 19, 2018 due to the fact that Democrats wanted the continuing resolution on spending to include permanent relief for DACA recipients and Republican lawmakers, along with the President, were unwilling to include such a matter in the spending bill. However, few people noticed the after-effects of the shutdown because Democrats backed down from their demands just a few days later — enabling the government to reopen on the afternoon of January 22. However, in exchange for their votes on a continuing resolution, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell promised to bring an immigration bill up for a vote before the current continuing resolution expires on February 9.

In his State of the Union address, President Donald Trump outlined what kind of deal he would sign. He noted that he would be willing to extend DACA even beyond what President Obama had to offer, providing not only relief to hundreds of millions of more people but even offering them a path to citizenship over the course of the next twelve years. However, such a bill would only be accepted it if provided funds to build a wall on the United States-Mexico border, an end to the diversity lottery and new immigration rules that would limit how many family members legal immigrants could bring to the United States in the future.

The Democrats have made it clear that President Trump’s proposal is a no-starter, stating the changes to the country’s immigration laws are not acceptable. This means that such a law would not pass the Senate, where it would need at least nine Democrat votes.

Instead, members of both houses of Congress have begun to construct their own proposals. Ranking Republican members of congress have come together to draft the Securing America’s Future Act, a bill that would offer less to DACA recipients than what President Trump is willing to give. Senators Lindsey Graham and Dick Durbin drafted a bill; not much is known about its contents but President Trump panned it at a White House meeting last month. The recent bipartisan proposal from Senators John McCain and Chris Coons has gotten no support from the president as it separates DACA from the president’s other immigration-related priorities.

Given the fact that there is no immigration deal that stands a chance of passing both houses of Congress and getting signed by the president, the House of Representatives is gearing up to vote on yet another short-term spending bill that would extend funding to the government up to March 22. Such a bill is set to come up for a vote on February 6, but there is a chance it may not pass as conservative members of Congress are pushing for the inclusion of more funding for the military and are wary of using continuing resolutions each month to temporarily fund government spending.

House Majority Leader Paul Ryan would need their votes to pass the temporary spending resolution because Democratic members of Congress would not be willing to vote on a spending resolution that does not include DACA legislation. Even if such a deal were to clear the House, the fact that it does not include DACA legislation means that it probably won’t get through the Senate.

The odds of yet another government shutdown are pretty high, even though both political parties don’t really want one. Additionally, the shutdown could last for longer than it did last time as Democrats use their leverage in the Senate to push for immigration legislation that would give DACA recipients the ability to live and work in the United States without fear of deportation.

Even if the government does manage to avoid a shutdown this time around, the threat of one is always looming as lawmakers from both sides deal with complex issues that could radically change the country’s complex immigration system.

~ Conservative Zone


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13 thoughts on “Will the Government Shut Down Again?”

  1. Those Democratic’s are a real bunch of Jackass’s They “resist” all and anything originating from the Republican Party or the White House. They make zero efforts to work across the aisle with their counterparts,and certainly “resist” all and any proposals originating from the President. Yet they have No difficulties taking their wages from the American taxpayer and their special Health Care Plan and their special retirement slush fund. They have long since stopped serving their constituents and now seem to care about Illegal Aliens,and protecting them from the consequences of crossing our sovereign borders illegally!
    They would screw all Americans in their endeavors to shelter “Illegal Aliens” Lets send them a message that even they will understand, lets VOTE THEM OUT OF OFFICE IN NOVEMBER!

    1. The Demon Rats sure chose the correct mascot-emblem for their party, The Donkey. Here is Webster’s description:
      pluraldonkeys
      1 : the domestic ass (Equus asinus)
      2 : a stupid or obstinate person

  2. Dims need to quit playing games. Demonrats are the do-nothing, blame game party.
    President Trump should just let DACA expire, and then deport the “dreamers” back
    to where their criminal parents came from. They need to go, now! They are grow-ups now.
    Fund the wall by deporting ALL illegals in sanctuary cities, thereby saving all of that
    government funding. Take away all government aid to illegals who do not contribute.
    Just do what Obama did and sign EOs with a” pen and a phone” to deport all illegals.
    Americans are so tired of lies, cheaters, illegal murderers, liberal judges/officials flouting
    our laws!

  3. “Shut the Government down”…it definitely will not affect you or I nor the general American Public…Have you noticed the “scare” tactics about shutting the government down always come from the Democrats and the leftist MSM…Power to Trump…”Shut it down”…Let the Democrats fall all over themselves with “shame”…that is if they even have so much as a “conscience”.

  4. If Democrats are so foolish as to shut the government down over the lack of DACA legislation in the funding bill, Republicans should let them, and hang that around their necks. DACA has nothing to do with the budget. DACA is a separate issue, and Republicans will approve separate DACA legislation, if Democrats will approve reasonable related immigration changes in such a bill.

    Conversely, Republicans would be foolish to shut the government down over a lack of Democrat approval of border wall funding. Trump can’t get everything he wants in funding, just as Democrats should not get everything they want in funding. That’s the way the system is supposed to work. The important funding issues for Republicans are adequate funding of the military and reasonable limits to domestic funding. Democrats have gutted military funding for years to preserve high domestic spending to buy votes. Republicans should stick to what matters and hold Democrats responsible for any government shutdown.

  5. POTUS needs 2 have UUUUGE #s of ICE agents ready 2 swoop down illegals including daca people as soon as the amnesty expires. have buses, trains, aircraft, ships & court orders ready 4 IMMEDIATE deportation. no holding zones, it should take no more time 2 deport than it took 4 ILLEGAL border crossing. when 25-50k r deported congress will start quick negotiations.

  6. I would rather have a shutdown than to give the DACA’s and DNC the chance to add many more people and if they do as they have they do not intend to make their citizenship legal. They don’t want do what is right. So let them go and find another country to let them roam free. Put that WALL up and put all the troop need to protect it and us. As someone from Texas we
    have way to many illegals. And they reward us but living like animals and creating to much crime. We have a great many good
    ones and they are thankful to walk among us and we them. They are good Americans.

  7. Well, we had the close call early in the Morning of Friday, the 9th of February after people on both sides (Pelosi and Rand) quit yakking and let the bill pass. President Trump signed it and we got back to work. When does the time run out again and for who?

  8. IMMIGRATION has nothing to do with the budget any attempts by the democrats to DERAIL funding (paying the salaries) of those who defend this nation over the members of CONGRESS listening to the US citizens they are supposed to represent instead of FOREIGN INTERESTS and the CORPORATIONS who exploit illegals for cheap labor the DEMOCRATS seem to think they are supposed to be representing should be treated as an act of extortion because that literally is what is has become when they demand UNRELATED issues be passed FAVORING their agenda before they will even CONSIDER doing their job and funding the government.

    Immigration is an issue that CONGRESS had years to deal with while the TEMPORARY fix of DACA was in place they REFUSED anything short of TOTAL AMNESTY for ALL ILLEGALS yet again the people are tired of them LYING and saying its just this one time we will FIX THE SYSTEM later only to have them IGNORE the issue until the next time they DEMAND a JUST THIS ONCE amnesty to buy them more time.

    Fact is 99% of American’s DAILY lives would be UNAFFECTED by a government shutdown in fact OBAMA had to take SPECIAL ACTIONS of blocking SELF PAID FOR national parks to close and even FUNDED SECURITY to block access to even PRIVATE monuments that the FEDERAL GOVERNMENT does not even pay for the cleaning of just to make it appear to affect people.

    If not for the one who STATED PUBLICLY that obama was wrong when he claimed the shutdown would cut of SOCIAL SECURITY checks as it is not part of the federal budget it is a PERMANENT retirement program funded by the SOCIAL SECURITY tax not part of the FEDERAL BUDGET.

  9. It is no problem all the Dems have to do is provide the fence funding and they can get the DACA give away. The pres has the Dems over a barrel they ask for what he is offering and to save face and any chance of getting reelected to their respective seats> Although I hope they fight I wouold like to see most of them defeated !

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