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Why the shutdown is a good thing for House Democrats

12 January 2019

"It's absurd that the first bill during the (US government) shutdown is legislation which punishes Americans who exercise their constitutional right to engage in political activity", wrote Sanders.

Graham seems to be driving at a deal to sweeten the pot enough for Democrats that they'd yield on the wall.

Ohio Republican Rep. Brad Wenstrup backed the president's demand for a wall.

The chances of Udall's bill passing the Senate are slim to none, as Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) not only refuses to bring House Democratic bills to a vote but also is the most vociferous opponent in politics of campaign finance reforms.

Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M.) is leading the effort by Senate Democrats to introduce a companion bill to a major political and electoral reform bill introduced by House Democrats on January 4. Furthermore, Trump has said he has not ruled out the possibility of declaring a national emergency in order to build the wall.

More than 800,000 federal employees are impacted by the shutdown, including more than 420,000 employees who are on unpaid furlough, and 380,000 "essential" bureaucrats working without pay.

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Additionally, with so many key pieces missing, the spotlight has fallen on Brandon Ingram and Lonzo Ball to pick up the slack. In his November 21 return to Quicken Loans Arena to face the Cavs, he delivered 32 points, 14 rebounds and seven assists.

The movement among Democrats to oppose any bills that didn't end the shutdown began over the weekend after Maryland Senator Chris Van Hollen said in a tweet that Senate Democrats should block consideration of any other legislation until McConnell of Kentucky allowed a vote on the bills passed by the House to open the government.

The vote occurred a few hours before Trump was set to give a nationally televised address from the Oval Office, when he will advocate for the wall. You've got to be occupied with trying to get the government open so that people can get paid, for crying out loud. Democrats used Israel as a cudgel against Republicans in 1996 and 2013, when GOP lawmakers shut down the government, and again in 2005, when President George W. Bush, facing a crisis after Hurricane Katrina, reneged on promised additional funding to help resettle Israelis pulled out of the Gaza Strip.

"As I said on the night the partial government shutdown began, I do not think shutting down the government is ever the right answer", Gardner said on January 3.

In the House, Representative Eliot Engel, a New York Democrat and chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee, is pushing the Syria provisions as a separate bill.

Democrats plan to vote against the measure to pressure McConnell to pass legislation funding the government, according to a senior Senate Democratic aide who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss party strategy. But he says border-security experts have urged more reliance on technological surveillance and increased border staffing, rather than a sea-to-sea wall constructed over rugged terrain. The president mused at a lunch with Senate Republicans at the Capitol that with more time, they might be able to get even more billions in border security from Democrats in exchange for an extension of the DACA program that protects some young undocumented immigrants.

Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., agreed that reopening the government is the main priority but added that the bill itself is an affront to the First Amendment. "We've never had a better ally".

Why the shutdown is a good thing for House Democrats