‘Schumer has to bite the bullet’: Shutdown looks long-term after Congress meets for mere minutes

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Republican lawmakers: “This is Chuck Schumer’s shutdown.”

Congress made plans to reconvene on Monday (Dec. 31) after adjourning yesterday following brief pro-forma sessions. The move essentially ensures that the government shutdown will drag into 2019.

The Senate met for three minutes, while the House convened for two minutes amid ongoing disputes over funding a border wall. Democrats insist they will not provide $5 billion for the wall, while President Trump says a wall must be built to prevent the influx of illegal immigrants and drugs from pouring into the United States.

White House press secretary Sarah Sanders blamed obstructionist Democrats — many of whom supported a border wall before the Trump presidency — for the ongoing shutdown.

Sanders pointed out that President Trump stayed in Washington over Christmas, hoping the Democrats would negotiate to “stop the dangerous crisis on the border.”

“[Instead] the Democrats decided to go home,” Sander said. “The Democrat Party is openly choosing to keep our government closed to protect illegal immigrants.”

Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi responded by calling the wall “immoral, ineffective and expensive” while blithely ignoring that illegal immigration costs US taxpayers $113 billion every year.

That’s 22.6 times more expensive than the $5 billion President Trump is asking to fund the wall.

In addition to allowing illegal immigrants, drugs, and human trafficking, the border wall enables the murders of 15 Americans every day.

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While Democrats champion illegals, President Trump and Republicans are championing Americans. By not funding the border wall, critics say Democrats are being “complicit” in the preventable murders of Americans by illegal immigrants.

Congressman Mark Meadows, the chairman of the House Freedom Caucus, said “the needle has moved toward a very long shutdown” because it’s possible that Democrats will drag their feet on wall funding once they take control of the House in January.

This means that Democrats are to blame if the shutdown continues, since they are the majority in the House of Representatives.

Let that sink in: The US government is crippled because Democrats care more about illegal aliens than US citizens and lawful residents.

Republican Congressman Andy Biggs said this is Democrat Senator Chuck Schumer’s shutdown, and Democrats have no one to blame but themselves for this impasse.

“Chuck Schumer is gonna have to bite the bullet and they’re gonna have to fund the wall,” Biggs told Fox News. “They need to pay $5 billion, which is a substantial reduction from the $25 billion it will actually take to build the wall.”

They [Democrats] need to move. It’s all in Chuck Schumer’s court now. There’s nothing on the President’s desk. This is Chuck Schumer’s shutdown right now…The border is insecure right now, and we have to have a wall.”

Biggs said he has spoken to a number of Democrats in Congress who privately admit that they support the wall, but are intentionally denying funding because they want to deny Trump a victory.

“They don’t want Trump to have a victory,” Biggs said.

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