Democrat congressional leaders Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer released a joint statement Monday in which they proposed two bills that would end the ongoing government shutdown. Less than 24 hours later, the White House shot the bills down as a “non-starter.”
“President Trump made a serious, good faith offer to Democrats to open the government, address the crisis at our border, and protect all Americans,” White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said in a statement released Tuesday evening.
“We have heard nothing back from the Democrats, who so far have refused to compromise. Speaker Designate Nancy Pelosi released a plan that will not re-open the government because it fails to secure the border and puts the needs of other countries above the needs of our own citizens.”
“The Pelosi plan is a non-starter because it does not fund our homeland security or keep American families safe from human trafficking, drugs, and crime,” she added.
— Steve Herman (@W7VOA) January 2, 2019
Sanders was not wrong about the plan doing nothing for America’s border security.
In their joint statement, Pelosi and Schumer proposed two spending bills.
“The first bill would reopen all government agencies except for the Department of Homeland Security – not taking a position on the President’s wall,” they wrote.
“It would simply continue the funding levels and language that both parties have already supported. The second bill would extend the Department of Homeland Security’s funding through February 8th, which Republicans already supported in recent weeks.”
— Nancy Pelosi (@NancyPelosi) December 31, 2018
Late last month House Republicans passed an omnibus spending bill that included funding for the wall. Because of obstruction by congressional Democrats, who refuse to fund the wall, the bill remains perpetually stalled. The government entered into a partial shutdown as a result.
President Donald Trump has made it clear he won’t sign any funding bill that excludes funding for a southern U.S. border wall. The goal by the Democrat congressional leaders vis-à-vis their new plan is to sidestep the president’s demands using a sly funding trick.
The plan they proposed would separate the wall issue from everything else so that the rest of the government can continue to function. This would allow Congress to debate the wall funding issue without affecting the rest of the government. There’s just one problem.
As the president has noted time and time again, the Democrats have no interest in doing anything to stop the incessant flow of illegal immigrants across the southern U.S. border.
One thing has now been proven. The Democrats do not care about Open Borders and all of the crime and drugs that Open Borders bring!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 1, 2019
The Democrat Party as a whole has shown an aversion to any and all immigration enforcement actions, including even the arrest and deportation of MS-13 gang members.
And since Democrats have no interest in or use for the Department of Homeland Security, which some far-leftists have called for the abolition of, the plan proposed by Pelosi and Schumer would leave the president and congressional Republicans in a lose-lose position.
They’d have no leverage, since Democrats don’t care about DHS. The leverage they currently possess exists only because Democrats do care about the rest of government, including the billions upon billions wasted annually on funding the lifestyles of welfare abusers.
Dovetailing back to Sanders’ statement, she added that the president has invited Pelosi and Schumer to the White House for a meeting on Wednesday.
“The President has invited Republican and Democrat leaders in Congress to the White House for a border security briefing from senior Department of Homeland Security officials on Wednesday, and he remains committed to reaching an agreement that both reopens the government and keeps Americans safe,” she said.
It remains unclear if the Democrat congressional leaders have accepted the offer.
I hope Congressional Democrats will meet with President @realDonaldTrump tomorrow.
There’s a deal to be had: Wall + Bridge Act/TPS
Win-win for USA! https://t.co/68NCM8zuOu
— Lindsey Graham (@LindseyGrahamSC) January 2, 2019
Judging by the messages directed to Pelosi and Schumer on Twitter by their radical base, it appears the far-left has no interest in negotiating any deal whatsoever.
Nancy do not meet with Trump tomorow. At this point he should come to you. He is setting a childish trap for u & trying to gain publicity for himself.Nancy please don’t go!!!#ChuckSchumer#AdamSchiff#JerryNadler#MarkWarner
— Mary Ellen Kuhi (@KuhiMary) January 2, 2019
@NancyPelosi and @SenSchumer don’t meet with Trump for this photo op and publicity stunt. Stay the course. We are not paying for that stupid wall that they claimed Mexico would pay for.
— Why? (@the_math_quiz) January 2, 2019
Don’t meet with lying ignorant Trump prior to implementing your plan
— Hello (@hello_hellotoy) January 2, 2019
Please don’t give Trump the opportunity to meet with you in a meeting with all the cameras. You are being caught in his web. Stand your ground without the dog and pony show. Especially since he insults you.
— Linda C Brown (@brown4_linda) January 2, 2019
PLEASE DON’T MEET WITH HIM CHUCK BEFORE NANCY GETS TO PASS HER VERY SMART BILLS!! YOU GUYS HANG TOUGH. WE’VE GOT YOUR BACK. TRUMP IS ON HIS KNEES. DON’T LET HIM GET BACK UP!!! ????
— ?Ellen BlueWaveBaby? (@epd44) January 2, 2019
— ScottyB (@BLETgca_580vgc) January 2, 2019
— Mas (@Mas5665) January 2, 2019
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