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Report: Dem Leaders Showing Shutdown Fatigue Ahead of March 23 Deadline?

While some Democrats have whispered about shutting down the government on March 23, Democratic leaders Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi sound like they're burned by the last, failed effort.

By NTK Staff | 03.13.2018 @10:00am
Report: Dem Leaders Showing Shutdown Fatigue Ahead of March 23 Deadline?

NTK Network reported almost two weeks ago that some Democrats were ready to shut down the government again this month, if they don’t get what they want ahead of the March 23 deadline.

Politico reported back then (paywall):

“Democrats’ votes are needed in both the House and the Senate to enact appropriations law. And we will not as Democrats pass these poison-pill riders,” said Rep. Nita Lowey of New York, the House Appropriations Committee’s top Democrat.

Lowey joined with Sens. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) and Jan Schakowsky (D-Ill.) on a conference call with groups like the Sierra Club and Planned Parenthood to deliver the caveat for their support of the fiscal 2018 funding measure Congress must pass before March 23 to avert another government shutdown.

Fast-forward to March 13, ten days ahead of the next deadline, and it sounds like Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) are waving the white flag on shutdowns.

The Washington Post‘s Mike DeBonis reported (our emphasis):

“The current predicament illustrates how you really only had one bite at the apple of taking a stand over the funding of the government on this [DACA] issue,” said Brian Fallon, a Democratic consultant who is close to Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.).

…House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), who delivered a record-breaking eight-hour floor speech on the DACA issue ahead of the last spending deadline, has said neither a DACA extension nor a gun-control package “has to be part of” the spending legislation but could instead pass in separate bills that Democrats have little power to force through the Republican-controlled Congress.

Given the zeal some Democrats have for shutting down the government in the Trump era, Schumer and Pelosi may see a small mutiny on their hands if they throw in the towel on future government shutdowns. In today’s political age, though, ten days is a long, long time for things to happen in Washington.

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