A new Associated Press article highlights the fact that congressional Democrats are refusing to rule out a shutdown, after they blasted the GOP for the 2013 shutdown.
A new report from the Associated Press reveals that, in the age of President Trump, Democratic leaders in Congress are refusing to rule out the possibility of a government shutdown.
Congress faces a deadline of April 28 to avert a government shutdown over funding.
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) said “[w]e’ll have to wait and see what happens,” adding “I hope they won’t jam up the supplemental [spending bill] with poison pills.”
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi refused to commit House Democrats to the effort to avert a shutdown: “If they need Democratic votes, because some of their people will vote for nothing, as you well know, then we’ll have to talk,” Pelosi said.
Still, Pelosi added: “I fear that if they don’t need Democratic votes, the product would be something very horrible for the American people.”
The refusal from Schumer and Pelosi to rule out a government shutdown is a stark change from their rhetoric before and during the 2013 government shutdown, when Barack Obama was president.
At the time, Schumer said: “It’s basically extortion. They basically send us a bill and say ‘unless you do what we want, we’re gonna shut down the government.’”
Schumer added that “millions of innocent people” would be hurt by the GOP’s shutdown: “You cannot govern with a gun to your head. You cannot govern when somebody says ‘I am gonna hurt more than 800,000 — millions of innocent people – unless you do it exactly my way.’”
Pelosi, meanwhile, said before the shutdown that there are “legislative arsonists” at work:
It’s safe to say 2017 is a different world from 2013.
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