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Thread: Trump Shutdown

Republicans control the House, the Senate, and the White House. Any government shutdown falls 100% on the Republican Party, the party in power.
At no point in this country’s history have we ever seen one party control all levels branches of government and still fail to do their basic job of keeping the government open. 1/
Trump, Pence and GOP leaders are big fans of shutting down the government to get what they want.

Just months ago, Trump called for a “good shutdown” and the White House has embraced the idea of using a shutdown as political leverage. 2/
Pence has a long history of enthusiastically embracing government shutdowns and even compared the threatened 2011 shutdown over Planned Parenthood to a pivotal battle in the Revolutionary War. 3/
If there is a government shutdown, Trump has absolutely no one to blame but himself. 4/
Only a few years ago, Trump said that it’s the president’s responsibility to lead and prevent a shutdown. Fast forward to 2018, and President Trump is doing absolutely nothing to prevent a shutdown. In fact, he’s one of the greatest obstacles to a deal. 5/
Republicans have had months to work on a longer-term funding deal, but instead, they spent that time working on giving a massive tax break to their wealthy donors. 6/
Nearly twice as many voters would blame Trump or Congressional Republicans for a shutdown than would blame Democrats.

Senate Republicans don’t even have 50 votes in their own caucus for their own CR. 7/
This is Trump’s Republican Party: Chaos, incompetence, and destruction. This is about basic governance, and the GOP has repeatedly shown they cannot govern. 8/
Trump’s own Defense Department has said that passing a CR is “wasteful and destructive” and that our military will face ramifications without a fully funded budget. 9/
The GOP’s incompetence hurts veterans, Dreamers, people suffering from the opioid crisis, and communities in Florida, Texas, Puerto Rico, and California that are still recovering from disasters – just to name a few. 10/
Democrats want a deal. We have negotiated in good faith. We have put forward a bipartisan agreement, but Trump blew it up and refused to work towards a deal. 11/
Republicans like Lindsey Graham and others have even said that Democrats are negotiating while Trump is the one standing in the way of a deal. 12/
We call on the GOP to come to the negotiating table and work with Democrats to support veterans, make real investments in the fight against opioids, fund CHIP and Community Health Centers, save Americans’ pensions, and protect Dreamers. Don’t shut down the government. 13/13
Democrats are on the right side of history. Own the message above and stop letting Republicans masquerade what this really is.
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