Trump Divorces the GOP Congress

President Trump is certainly free to negotiate whichever way he wants to, but threatening a government shutdown to score a desperate political "win" shouldn't be one of those ways. And doing that through the border wall is something that's important. Sanders knows that. Trump does too.

Their ability to make that argument will be tested in the upcoming debt-ceiling fight.

"We don't need a government shutdown - that never ends well".

Trump argued that the legislation was unconstitutional and said it would damage his presidency. It would seem reasonable that at least 24 and more, likely up to half of the 67 members of this GOP group, would be susceptible to being convinced to vote to bring Donald Trump up on impeachment charges. Everyone understands that the pro-GOP landscape and the anti-White House midterm dynamics are pushing these races in different directions.

The other problem with Trump's attack on Democrats is the filibuster was not the problem when it came to passing major bills he wanted.

"If we have to close down our government, we're building that wall".

On Tuesday night, Trump told supporters at a campaign rally that the wall would happen.

Friction between Republicans and Mr Trump has grown in recent months, with the president publicly castigating some party leaders, notably Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, and expressing infuriation that Congress has not passed any significant legislation since his January inauguration.

At that point, if Trump agreed, it would be up to him to finesse his rhetoric on the need for a physical barrier along the border.

Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney, when asked to describe what the president meant by a "good shutdown," said: "It would be one that fixes this town". His record includes voting in favor of restricting the use of racial demographic statistics in determining if race-based discrimination was a factor in cases that sought the death penalty in North Carolina, and being instrumental in passing a restrictive voter ID law that was projected to disproportionately target Black voters, the elderly and students. But conservatives in the House have demanded that steep spending cuts accompany any debt bill.

"Kicking the can down the road" tends to be Congress' preferred way of dealing with hard problems, and this scenario could be no different.

"Build that wall", he said in Phoenix this week.

Congress will fund the wall.

But Trump's tweets continued Thursday morning, trashing "Fake News".

The weakness of the GOP has been its inability to unite, a process that requires various factions to only get some of what they want.

"Senators have expressed a variety of opinions about the appropriateness of limiting debate when we are considering judicial and executive branch nominations", the letter stated.

"It's somewhat ironic we're again up against this deadline", Bill Hoagland, a senior vice president at the Bipartisan Policy Center who was a longtime staffer on the Senate Budget Committee, said on a call with reporters. Each previous incident saw the markets bounce back, which suggests that the President's latest outburst will likely not have a lasting effect on Wall Street.

Raising the federal borrowing limit is a must-do item for Congress when lawmakers return to Washington from their summer break.

The S&P 500 rose 3.1% from October 1 to October 16, 2013, the last time the government shut down after a debate about funding the Affordable Care Act left Capitol Hill at a standstill, according to data from LPL Research. The Republican Party's nationalism, inhumane stances on immigration, consistent Islamophobia and unwavering support of the police state are indistinguishable from those exposed by the far right and Trump. Before his departure last week as Trump's chief strategist, Stephen Bannon, urged the president to go through with a government shutdown if necessary to force Congress into providing money for the wall, said the officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss strategy.

  • Leroy Wright