Posted: 1:06 am EST
Today marks the 21st day of the Trump Shutdown, making it exactly as long as the 1995 Gingrich Shutdown, a 21-day shutdown which was apparently caused by this pettiness: “Gingrich confessed he’d forced the closing of the federal government partly because Bill Clinton had relegated him to a rear cabin aboard Air Force One on the way home from Yitzhak Rabin’s funeral in Jerusalem.”
Then as now, the federal government furloughed 800,000 workers.
By Saturday, this sh*tshow, which somebody publicly said he is proud to own, will be the longest shutdown in history. Congress can do its duty as an equal branch of our government and pass a bill over the president’s objections and re-open the government. This requires a two-thirds vote in the House and in the Senate. A two-thirds supermajority in the Senate is 67 out of 100 senators, and two-thirds supermajority in the House is 290 out of 435 representatives. The 116th Congress is now a 47 Democrat, 53 GOP split in the Senate, while the House is 235 Democrat, 199 GOP. See the challenge there? But there is apparently already a bill to reopen the government, why won’t they call it on the floor for a vote? Is the leadership afraid that it will pass both houses, and the president would look worse when he vetoes it?
James Fallows writes: “On December 18, Mitch McConnell’s GOP-run Senate passed, on a unanimous voice vote, a “clean” funding measure, to keep the government open and postpone funding fights about “the wall.” They did so with guidance from the White House that Donald Trump would go along. Then the right-wing mocking began; then immediate funding for the wall became an “emergency”; then Trump preferred a shutdown to appearing to “lose.” Mitch McConnell’s GOP of course switched right along with him—and against the measure all of its members had supported just days ago. One man’s insecurity, and his party’s compliance, are disrupting millions of lives.”
Well, maybe some of these folks really believed that a 30-foot wall works over a 35-foot ladder or 30-feet tunnel or maybe all their spinal bones are just made of jello. The larger public may soon start to realize that these elected representatives do not much care for 800,000 of their fellow Americans and their families. Or care much for their fellow citizens and their families who rely on the people and services that make our government work. We’ve taken for granted that the checks and balances in our system works … but take a look.
As this shutdown continues, we are struck at the high tolerance for people and their families to be put in great hardship, all for a fucking wall that Mexico was supposed to pay.
In Ogden, UT, one furloughed IRS employee weighs donating her plasma for $200. Others visit food pantries for the first time- showing their gov't IDs in exchange for entry.
As the shutdown drags on, a look at the painful scenes playing out across America:https://t.co/4J3qeGBgcY
— Breanne Deppisch (@breanne_dep) January 10, 2019
Furloughed U.S. government workers protest outside White House on Day 20 of partial shutdown https://t.co/ZiWpCmhKXh
— Reuters Politics (@ReutersPolitics) January 10, 2019
TSA agents & federal corrections officers are among the lowest paid federal employees. Because of the #shutdown, they've gone 3 weeks without pay. "You’re going to have a lot of people starting to call in because they don’t have gas money." https://t.co/WCrQMwDTGz
— Southern Poverty Law Center (@splcenter) January 10, 2019
— Rachel Gemayel (@RachelGraciano) January 8, 2019
— CBS News (@CBSNews) January 10, 2019
Letter: A former Trump supporter explains how the government shutdown is affecting her one-income family—and why she no longer supports the President. https://t.co/SO0wPnFQMg
— The Atlantic (@TheAtlantic) January 10, 2019
The FBI Agents Association claims that the shutdown could impact agents' ability to pay their debts, and that could jeopardize their security clearances. pic.twitter.com/50hkcNeZPy
— Matt Zapotosky (@mattzap) January 10, 2019
About 800,000 federal workers across the U.S. are furloughed or working without pay because of the government shutdown. Here's where they are concentrated. https://t.co/xxPt6LpOwe
— The New York Times (@nytimes) January 10, 2019