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Old 01-17-2019, 10:22 AM
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ALG warns President Trump not to reopen government without wall funding

Jan. 16, 2019, Fairfax, Va.—Americans for Limited Government President Rick Manning today issued the following statement in response to a letter from Sens. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) and Chris Coons (D-Del.) urging President Donald Trump to sign a bill reopening the federal government without wall funding for three weeks to supposedly allow time for negotiations:

“It would be an extraordinary mistake to open the government without the funding of border security including the wall as part of that agreement. The truth of the matter is that if the Democrats wanted to open the government, a deal could be hammered out in under 24 hours which included steel border barriers, more border patrol and ICE officers as well as an increase in immigration judges to help those seeking amnesty to receive a speedier decision, and humanitarian aid for those who have crossed the border illegally so that their detention pending disposition is safe, secure and meets their medical and other basic needs. If Senator Coons wants to end the government shutdown, he and six of his Democratic colleagues should present the President with a proposal which includes funding steel barriers along with other security and humanitarian needs that could serve as a baseline for negotiation. Until then, the rest of it is just being cruel to those sidelined government workers whose paychecks remain unfunded.”

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Old 01-17-2019, 10:44 AM
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The House unanimously passed a resolution to reopen the government — but there was drama on the floor
From CNN's Ashley Killough

Democrats moved to pass their bill to reopen government until Feb. 28.

Normally a Republican would ask for a recorded vote, but no Republican did and so the continuing resolution was passed unanimously.

Drama unfolded: Republicans claimed that GOP Congressman Brett Guthrie tried to object and ask for a recorded vote, but Democrats claimed they didn't hear it. There was a big debate about the vote between House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer and Republican Congressman Steve Scalise on the floor.

But a lot of members already left for the airports, since this last vote series was the final series of the week, and Democrats went ahead and recessed.

So where do things stand? Republicans are now on record supporting the Democratic measure to reopen government and they are not happy.


24 min ago
Why New York City's mayor says a "full-blown crisis" will hit on March 1
From CNN's Tony Marco

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said the largest city in the United States is entering a “full-blown crisis” as the partial government shutdown stretches into the 27th day.

New Yorkers will start to feel that crisis on March 1, when the city will lose “half a billion dollars a month” in federal funding, de Blasio said.

The mayor said these funds are needed for food stamp programs and rental assistance.

“My job whenever possible is to reassure people and let them know that we have things well in hand, but when it comes to the shutdown of our federal government things are beginning to spin out of control. Things are happening that no city and no state could possibly compensate for. This is absolutely uncharted territory,” de Blasio said.

The mayor called on Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to end the shutdown and called on Trump to so the same.

“This has to end. A President is supposed to protect us. You're making it worse. You have to end this," he said.


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