Schumer Called an Immigration Shutdown ‘Chaos’ in 2013. Now, He’s Leading the Shutdown Charge. Schumer Called an Immigration Shutdown ‘Chaos’ in 2013. Now, He’s Leading the Shutdown Charge. – NTK Network

Schumer Called an Immigration Shutdown ‘Chaos’ in 2013. Now, He’s Leading the Shutdown Charge.

Call it the #SchumerShutdown. The minority leader and his caucus are the only ones standing in the way of a fully-funded government, and a shutdown could cost the economy billions of dollars.

By NTK Staff | 01.19.2018 @10:30am
Schumer Called an Immigration Shutdown ‘Chaos’ in 2013. Now, He’s Leading the Shutdown Charge.

The 2013 government shutdown cost the U.S. economy a staggering $24 billion. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said at the time that a government shutdown over, say, immigration, for example, would be “governmental chaos.”

SEN. CHUCK SCHUMER: Speaker Boehner comes in and he says, basically, it’s sorta like this. Someone goes into your house, takes your wife and children hostage, and then says ‘let’s negotiate over the price of your house.’ You know, we could do the same thing on immigration. We believe strongly in immigration reform. We could say ‘we’re shutting down the government, we’re not gonna raise the debt ceiling, until you pass immigration reform.’ It would be governmental chaos.“

Cue 2018, and a GOP-led government.

Schumer and Senate Democrats are the only ones standing in the way of a bill to keep the government open. He and his colleagues are refusing to vote for a one-month continuing resolution (CR) because it doesn’t include an immediate solution for so-called DREAMers – young, undocumented immigrants – whose status expires in around six weeks.

Schumer spent late Thursday evening contorting himself, first trying to argue that Democrats don’t want a one-month spending bill because a bipartisan deal “is within reach.”

Apparently, no one explained to Schumer that nothing stops members of Congress from agreeing to a deal on DREAMers, spending, or anything else while the government is still open. On the contrary, a government shutdown could poison any well of good will, and make it that much harder to get a deal for DREAMers.

Finally, Schumer resorted to a favorite tactic: blaming the president.

While Trump did say this, the White House supports the current CR. So did House Republicans. So do most Senate Republicans. Again, the only ones standing in the way of the CR now are Schumer and Senate Democrats.

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