Shep Smith is at it again.
Ahead of a potential government shutdown, even as a continuing resolution just sailed through the House, Shep was in rare form tearing into Trump and Republicans.
“The president speaking Coraopolis, Pennsylvania. Allegheny county,” Shep began, setting the stage.
“There’s a House race coming up in March. The Republicans have owned that seat for like 16 years,” he continued. “There’s some question when this new sort of turn around thing going on about whether they can hold it.”
“So, the president is there unofficially campaigning for a Republican candidate while back in Washington there’s one discussion: Government shut down,” he kept going.
“Of course, with one party in charge of everything, a government shut down will not happen, right?” he asked, rhetorically.
“I mean, never in the history of — at least modern history of the country has there been a government shut down when a single party is in charge of Washington,” he said.
“Hook, line and sinker. House, Senate, one party in charge. Republicans have it all,” he added.
Yet the possibility of a government shut-down has escalated. The problem is really in the Senate. But listen to what has happened in the House of Representatives. Members are set to vote at 7:00 P.M. on a stop-gap spending measures.
“A short-term bill to keep the government funded a few weeks again. Chad Pergram who is very plugged in see lawmakers on both sides are daring each other to vote against it. The House plan funds the government through the middle of next month. It does not include protection for the Dreamers, the immigrants that were brought here without documents,” he said.
“It does include a six-year extension of the Children’s Health Insurance Program, something Democrats have demanded,” he ranted. “If you’ve been watching TV at all or reading online, you know the GOP plan was to dare the Democrats to vote against that measure saying we funded the child health insurance program or CHIP for six years.”
“You’re going to vote against children’s health? I know you’ve heard this line. It’s been everywhere,” he said. “This morning while Republicans were trying to get their own votes in their own caucus together, the president blasted out a tweet against their very plan. Wanting apparently — well, here’s the tweet.
“Chip should be part of a long-term solution. See the thing there? Seems he wants CHIP funded, but not yet?” he asked sarcastically.
“Anyway, we’re told Paul Ryan talked to the White House and they worked it out. The president now supports the stop-gap resolution.”
“So, now the House Republicans think they have the votes to move it along even though the Freedom Caucus wants more,” he said. “Getting it to the president’s desk may still be extremely difficult to get done because in the Senate there’s growing opposition.
“The reason? Apparently senators want something more permanent,” Shep added. “Right now three Republicans and three Democrats say they will vote against it.
“If so, that will kill it. That would shut down the government,” he said ominously. “Unless they come up with something else. And there are other possibilities. All of them complicated.”
Another Shep instant classic. And for none of the right reasons.
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