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Federal government shuts down as sides stay apart on stopgap; Arkansas began preparing last month, official says

By DEMOCRAT-GAZETTE STAFF AND WIRE REPORTS

This article was published January 20, 2018 at 4:30 a.m.

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Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer returns to Capitol Hill on Friday after meeting with President Donald Trump at the White House in a failed attempt to reach a deal to avoid a government shutdown.


Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell leaves the Senate chamber Friday after warning that the Senate was “just hours away” from a government shutdown...

WASHINGTON -- The federal government shut down at the stroke of midnight Friday, halting all but the most essential operations and marring the one-year anniversary of President Donald Trump's inauguration.


Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell leaves the Senate chamber Friday after warning that the Senate was “just hours away” from a government shutdown...

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RBear says... January 20, 2018 at 5:59 a.m.

Let's be VERY clear on this. The shutdown comes after a president pushed for demands that are not popular with the American public and rejected DACA based on unpopular advice from Cotton and the president's staff. It's funny that Trump's spokesperson, SHS, mentions the military and first responders. To start with those federal employees involved in emergency services WILL be paid. Invoking the armed forces is they typical Republican response, ignoring the countless other federal workers who provide domestic services. We are no less safe today than we were yesterday. But it sounds villainous, which is typical of Trump rhetoric.
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Republicans had all the time in the world to work this out last year, but chose to spend all the time failing to repeal the ACA and then burning the clock on a tax reform bill that further cuts federal funding that they are now trying to expand, especially with the wall. It shows a party out of touch and incapable of governing. It will play very well at the mid-terms.

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23cal says... January 20, 2018 at 7:16 a.m.

Donald Trump May 2017: “Our country needs a good shutdown.”
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Donald Trump Sept. 23, 2013: "Here's the truth, the gov't doesn't shut down. All essential services continue. Don't believe lies"
Donald Trump Jan. 19, 2018 "A government shutdown will be devastating to our military......something the Dems care very little about!"
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Last time there was a threatened government shutdown, Trump tweeted the following:
“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.”
His cultists might investigate the phrase "Hoist on his own petard."
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What is Trump going to do to get this deal together other than getting on social media and demonizing the people with whom he is supposed to be working to get a deal together? Do you know what he was doing instead of working and sitting down with people and trying to hammer out a deal?
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I'll tell you: he was spending the night Tweeting out his fake Fake-News awards and planning this weekend's fund raiser and golf outing. Which is where he will undoubtedly be this weekend instead of making any effort whatsoever to resolve this.
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I say hold him to his perrenial claim that Mexico would pay for his stupid wall. Shut things down until he shows us the money or backs off the wall.
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CHIP funding stopped back in September. That the Republicans who get to choose what gets dealt with have let it lapse this long so they could hold 9 million kids health hostage now is both unconscionable and despicable. Trump shut down a DACA program which was protecting the vulnerable and now wants to hold those kids hostage as well. He took this away and now is offering to give it back if he gets everything the far right wants. That isn't "negotiating".
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Don't give in to such terrorists.

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BoudinMan says... January 20, 2018 at 7:22 a.m.

Remember under Obama, when the senate produced a truly bi-partisan immigration bill? The bill went to the house, or the place where logical thought is prohibited, and Boehner sat on it because he was afraid of the teabaggers in the house. Didn't even bring it to the floor. Remember, way back on Jan 9th, when trump told assembled legislators, and I paraphrase, "Bring me a bill (DACA), and I will sign it and take the heat?" Remember when McConnell twice, twice, told the democrats he would bring a DACA bill up for a floor vote? Remember way back on Jan11th, when Graham and Schumer thought they had bi-partisan deal with trump on DACA only to be slapped down by Cotton, Kelly, and Stephen (alleged white supremacist and heretofore low-level staffer who won the lottery by appealing to Bannon's racist views) Miller? So, explain to me again, how the democrats, who are tired of being lied to by McConnell, and tired of having deals broken by trump because Tom Cotton thinks it will raise his national presence, are responsible for this.

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RBBrittain says... January 20, 2018 at 7:42 a.m.

Trump's racist outburst was part of his rejecting Congress' DACA deal *after* telling Congress he'd sign whatever deal they worked out. As far as I'm concerned, that was bad-faith negotiating on Trump's part; his inviting Sen. Cotton proved he was going back on his word. Democrats are right to blame the shutdown on Trump and demand the DACA deal be included in any continuing resolution. And for Sen. Cotton's role in the whole debacle, he should resign!

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oldude says... January 20, 2018 at 8:02 a.m.

Begin typing here... Shut her down till the Illegals dont get their Dumbocrap money !

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BoudinMan says... January 20, 2018 at 8:21 a.m.

Logical, well-thought out, reasoned responses from some of our contributing readers. Not. Perfect illustration of the problems we face.

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abb says... January 20, 2018 at 8:58 a.m.

Translation (Schumer-speak): " We Democrats, REFUSE to fund the U.S. Military protecting our freedoms, and federal law enforcement protecting our laws, UNTIL we get funding for illegal aliens who shouldn't even be here".

Seriously, most, if not all Republicans voted to fund the country. Most, if not all, Democrats voted with the illegals and AGAINST Americans. Hell, even they NYT is blaming the Democrats. The Progs have destroyed my party. Insanity. It is truly the "SCHUMER SHUTDOWN".

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JakeTidmore says... January 20, 2018 at 9:18 a.m.

ABB is regurgitating what Trump posted on his 8:28 tweet this morning.
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Posted this last night, but here it is again with some minor revisions to update it.
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Expect a lot of worthless commentary - name-calling, finger pointing, b*tching, pejorative puking, and feuding. Opinions, most often stripped of facts, strutting about like the emperor with no clothes.
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What's the big deal? This is how the political game is played. Republicans shut down the government for 16 days back in 2013. Lot of folks pissed & moaned, some pissed in their pants and moaned about that. Did we go to hell in a handbasket over it?
Nope.
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Back in '13, once the finger pointers got over themselves, a deal was finally done. Another playground fight was over and the dust soon settled.
Those willing to compromise and find a middle ground got the job done. The fringe elements did what they do best - make worthless comments. They focus on the fact that the other side disagrees with them on a key issue. And asking the other side to rollover and play dead so you can have your way is rather ridiculous.
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The lesson is simple - if you want it to work, you've got to work with your opponents and find common ground. Something we should be doing more often.
Comprehende?

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BOLTAR says... January 20, 2018 at 9:24 a.m.

In fairness, we should recognize both parties had members on each side of the cloture vote, making the shutdown, to some extent, bipartisan.

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mozarky2 says... January 20, 2018 at 9:25 a.m.

According to the Ancestry website, Schumer means good-for-nothing!

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