All eyes are on the Senate as the government inches closer and closer to shutting down. The House voted Thursday night in favor of a short-term budget to keep the government funded till Feb. 16 but if the Senate does not pass certain bills, the government will begin a shutdown.
The potential shutdown is hanging on two issues – Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and the Children’s Health Insurance Program. On Sept. 5, 2017, the Trump administration announced the end of DACA, which has since been blocked by a federal judge in California. According to reports, at least a dozen Democratic Senators need to vote with Republicans in order to pass a measure, but it looks unlikely. While Mick Mulvaney, Director of the Office of Management and Budget, has tried calling this the “Schumer Shutdown,” Twitter is not buying it. Rather, they’re putting all the blame for the shutdown on the president using his past comments as inspiration and using #TrumpShutdown.
The U.S. government is getting dangerously close to a shutdown and Americans are blaming President Trump and the Republican Party.
Immigrant youth are living in a crisis created by Trump.
— Cristina Jimenez (@CrisAlexJimenez) January 19, 2018
Senate Democrats, led by Sen. Chuck Schumer, have been unapologetic in demanding legislative protections for DACA recipients, and now, the preservation of the Children’s Health Insurance Program. According to the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation, 8,900,074 children are enrolled in the healthcare program.
The Republican Party currently controls the Senate, the House, and the White House and people are calling them out.
GOP rules WH, Senate & House.
Trump promised The #DreamActNow.
GOP let #CHIP expire.
GOP tried to use CHIP as blackmail.
GOP REJECTED bipartisan bill to #ProtectDREAMers
GOP now trying to blame DEMOCRATS for a #RepublicanShutDown.
— Alyssa Milano (@Alyssa_Milano) January 19, 2018
The last time the government shutdown was in 2013 as Republicans tried to defund the Affordable Care Act, also referred to as Obamacare. Now, because of the Republican Party’s refusal to make a decision on The Dream Act, the U.S. government faces another shutdown.
They’ve even used previous interviews of the president as he discussed government shutdowns during the Obama administration.
.@realDonaldTrump should heed his own words:
“if there is a shutdown I think it would be a tremendously negative mark on the president of the United States. He's the one that has to get people together.” #TrumpShutdown pic.twitter.com/pqbGAQf1Tx
— Chuck Schumer (@SenSchumer) January 19, 2018
Trump was open about blaming the president for a government shutdown, claiming that Obama had a responsibility to bring people together. According to CNN, Sen. Schumer visited with Trump to make a deal to avoid the shutdown but nothing came of the meeting.
Senate Democrats are tweeting that they are open to negotiating a bipartisan deal to keep the government funded.
The Senate is now in session, & Dems continue to be ready to negotiate a bipartisan deal & get it across the finish line to avert a #TrumpShutdown. @realDonaldTrump when will you let the GOP know what you'll agree to? The clock is ticking. We need leadership.
— Senator Cortez Masto (@SenCortezMasto) January 19, 2018
If a deal isn’t reached by 12:01 a.m. Saturday then the government will shut down.