Kirsters Baish| Congressional Republicans stuck it to the Democrats after their sad attempt at reopening the government without allowing the $5 billion in funding for border protection that President Trump had requested. The move proved that Congressional Republicans will stick by President Trump in his effort to build a proper border wall.
The Washington Examiner reports that only six Republicans voted in favor of the bill that had the potential to reopen the government.
Democrats had introduced the measure until special rules that allow for a more immediate vote, but also require a two-thirds vote for passage. The final vote was 237-187, falling short of that threshold. More than 50 additional Republican votes were needed to approve the bill under those rules.
A small group of House Republicans have voted for various House spending bills to re-open the government without wall money, but Tuesday’s garnered only single-digit GOP support.
About a dozen Republicans voted for spending measures last week that did not include wall funding. Those measures passed under under different rules requiring only a simple majority, but will still remain stuck because Senate Republicans won’t consider them.
The report says that Top Democrats including House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, and Majority Whip James Clyburn all feel that Republicans in their chamber will succumb to the pressure and reopen the government.
The Washington Examiner reports that Democratic Congressman Hakeem Jeffries was heard telling reporters on Tuesday, “We are going to continue to do our job. We hope the Republicans increasingly start to demand that the Republican leadership start to do their job as well.”
Although there were some “defectors” in the House, under Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, the Senate has been successful in avoiding funding bills coming from the House that would reopen the government without proper funding for border security.
From the Washington Post:
The longest government shutdown in history has no end in sight. It is gumming up other Senate priorities and has put McConnell in an unfamiliar role — spectator.
By choice, he has stepped away from the talks to resolve the impasse over $5.7 billion for President Trump’s border wall, which is at the core of the dispute, while refusing to vote on House bills to reopen the government. Trump wants wall funding. Democrats don’t. McConnell is leaving it to them to work it out.
Still, he has retained the support of most fellow Republican senators, who appear to be largely united behind his strategy, despite some growing concerns about the impact of the lapse in government services.
One after another, McConnell’s top lieutenants took turns speaking after him Tuesday, blaming Democrats for the shutdown and standing in lockstep with the majority leader.
Senator McConnell has generally kept his nose out of negotiations regarding border security funding. Instead, he has left President Trump and Democratic leaders in Congress to figure it out. He has stated that he would not take up a bill for a vote that President Trump refused to sign into law.
“The solution to the problem is for the president of the United States, the only person of the 330 million or so of us who can sign something into law, reaches an agreement with the Democratic majority in the House and enough Democrats in the Senate,” McConnell said, as reported by the Washington Post.