Government needs a good shutdown, tweets frustrated Trump

Posted May 12, 2017

Trump tweeted on Tuesday that maybe a government shutdown would not be so bad and that Republicans should consider changing Senate rules to make it easier to pass spending and other bills without any Democratic support.

If a plan passes the House, it is expected to face a tough fight in the Senate, where Republicans have a narrower majority and where some party senators have expressed misgivings about the House bill.

The White House and its Republican allies praised $15 billion in additional Pentagon spending obtained by Trump and $1.5 billion in emergency spending for border security.

It also came at the start of a week in which the House is considering a possible vote on a health care overhaul that would repeal and replace Barack Obama's Affordable Care Act.

The reason for the plan negotiated between the Republicans and Democrats is that we need 60 votes in the Senate which are not there! We....

Trump did offer an alternative to the nuclear options, however: "either elect more Republican Senators in 2018 or change the rules now to 51%", he tweeted.

President Donald Trump's Twitter tirade suggesting he might force a government shutdown as a bargaining tool next September sent congressional Republicans scrambling for cover. The $1.5 billion total amount for border security, which will fund technology and fix existing fencing along the border, is half of what Mr. Trump requested. And Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky said the bill "delivers some important conservative wins". That has forced Republicans to work with Democrats to avoid politically damaging government shutdowns. "I just won't stand for it, because it's not true", he said.

"Like so many presidents before him, Donald Trump is stunned to discover that he can not get his way with Congress - which will be a major narrative, we suspect, in his second hundred days", Valliere wrote in a note to clients Wednesday.

USA budget director Mick Mulvaney took to the podium at the White House press room on Tuesday (May 2) with one message: President Donald Trump, and not the Democratic party, is the clear victor of the federal spending bill Congress crafted over the weekend-even though it bears little resemblance to Trump's proposed "America First" budget.

But the presidential tweets displayed a contradictory message on the budget deal.

One senior administration official said Trump was "not happy" as he watched Democrats claim victory in the budget negotiations, and a second senior administration official said Trump was baffled that Democrats felt they could claim victory.

In recent days, Mulvaney had conceded the budget deal would not allow the White House to build a "bricks and mortar" wall on the border this year. Ted Cruz of Texas, who said in a statement that he was voting no because the bill is "perpetuating Democrats' big government programs". However, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell told reporters Tuesday most of the senators now do not want to do away with the 60-vote threshold needed to stop filibusters on most legislation. At the time, he said he would not alter the rules for any other legislation.

"The American people have a right to know the full consequences of "Trumpcare" before their representatives vote on it", Pelosi said.

Any future shutdown would likely cost the federal government billions of dollars.