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Some Dems Ready to Shut Down the Government (Again), on March 23

Three Democrats said Thursday that the party is ready to tank a spending bill and shut down the government if even one so-called "poison-pill" makes it in.

By NTK Staff | 03.02.2018 @10:00am
Some Dems Ready to Shut Down the Government (Again), on March 23

Is another Democrat-led government shutdown coming? There are murmurs within the Democratic caucus that any Republican attempt to include “poison-pill riders” – read: Republican policy priorities – will convince some Democrats to vote to shut down the government instead.

Politico reported (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.

Another way of looking at the promise from Lowey, Leahy, and Schakowsky? Democrats consider their special interest groups like Sierra Club and Planned Parenthood – which help fund their election and re-election efforts – more important than keeping the government open.

How will Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) react? If they act like they did in January, the U.S. government may be headed for a second shutdown in three months.

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