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The Tax Cut?- reminds me of the “chicken in every pot and a car in every garage” statement issued by the GOP in the 30’s. Apparently many are still caught up in “buzz words” with no facts. Our future depends on voters who are informed on the issues rather  than the catch phrases that sound good and mean nothing.MA

The White House had predicted the massive fiscal stimulus package would boost business spending and job growth.

WASHINGTON (REUTERS) ― The Trump administration’s $1.5 trillion cut tax package appeared to have no major impact on businesses’ capital investment or hiring plans, according to a survey released a year after the biggest overhaul of the U.S. tax code in more than 30 years.
The National Association of Business Economics’ (NABE) quarterly business conditions poll published on Monday found that while some companies reported accelerating investments because of lower corporate taxes, 84 percent of respondents said they had not changed plans. That compares to 81 percent in the previous survey published in October.
The White House had predicted that the massive fiscal stimulus package, marked by the reduction in the corporate tax rate to 21 percent from 35 percent, would boost business spending and job growth. The tax cuts came into effect in January 2018.
“A large majority of respondents, 84 percent, indicate that one year after its passage, the corporate tax reform has not caused their firms to change hiring or investment plans,” said NABE President Kevin Swift.
The lower tax rates, however, had an impact in the goods producing sector, with 50 percent of respondents from that sector reporting increased investments at their companies, and 20 percent saying they redirected hiring and investments to the United States from abroad.
The NABE survey also suggested a further slowdown in business spending after moderating sharply in the third quarter of 2018. The survey’s measure of capital spending fell in January to its lowest level since July 2017. Expectations for capital spending for the next three months also weakened.
“Fewer firms increased capital spending compared to the October survey responses, but the cutback appeared to be concentrated more in structures than in information and communication technology investments,” said Swift, who is also chief economist at the American Chemistry Council.
According to the survey, employment growth improved modestly in the fourth quarter of 2018 compared to the third quarter. Just over a third of respondents reported rising employment at their firms over the past three months, up from 31 percent in the October survey. The survey’s forward-looking measure of employment slipped to 25 in January from 29 in October.
(Reporting by Lucia Mutikani; Editing by David Gregorio)


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The two years of TOTUS has made a mockery of the United States across the world. If some of us feel that it doesn’t matter then you are wrong! No matter what TOTUS says (most of which is hyperbole and lies or alternate facts if you prefer) he has no idea how to lead a country. His business acumen is greatly suspect as shown by reports of his bankruptcies and the business bodies left in his wake. His foreign business deals are equally suspect and in some cases could be construed as treason or at the least quasi legal. This shutdown fomented by ignorance and disinformation is his way of making deals. It is furthered by party politics which is divided along party lines by Congressional members who are afraid of criticism from the “child” rather than doing the work they were elected to do by the often cited “American people”. It is well to note that these long serving Congressional members have for the past 10 years restricted any legislation that would serve the people by offering alternative facts rather than serving in an honorable manner. The current shutdown does not affect the salaries of the Congress due to a law enacted by the Congress along with their exemption from the ACA while changing it for the rest of us in the worst ways. If you ascribe to one political party or another without paying close attention to both then we (as a nation) will continue to have poor governance as we are experiencing now. Voters need to step up, get informed and take back control of the government, this make sound impossible but that’s what voting is for!


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As suspected TOTUS is a draft dodger, recently he was visiting Troops in Iraq and suggested that they could reenter Syria from there, this is after arbitrarily ordering troops out of Syria and prompting an outcry from Congress and our allies. The consummate liar continues his transparent ways. MA

Erin Donnelly
Yahoo December 26, 2018
As President Trump faces criticism for being the first president not to visit U.S. troops on Christmas since 2002 — he chose a to hold a video conference this year — comes a new claim that could inflict further damage on his reputation with the military.
On Wednesday, the New York Times reported that the two daughters of a late Queens podiatrist are going public with a claim that their father diagnosed the future president with bone spurs in 1968 as a favor to his landlord, Trump patriarch Fred C. Trump. The diagnosis allowed Donald Trump to get a medical exemption that allowed him to avoid the draft during the Vietnam War.
Dr. Elysa Braunstein and Sharon Kessel — the daughters of Dr. Larry Braunstein, who died in 2007 — say their father was one of Fred Trump’s tenants at the time, setting up his podiatry practice in the Trump-owned Edgerton Apartments in Jamaica, Queens. Though they are unsure whether their dad actually examined the then 22-year-old Donald Trump, the sisters say that he often spoke of signing off on the diagnosis that kept Trump out of the war. The doctor also gave them the impression that Trump didn’t actually have bone spurs, but he said otherwise to help keep him out of the draft, they say.
“I know it was a favor,” Braunstein told the New York Times, noting her father’s cordial relationship with Trump’s real estate developer father.
“What he got was access to Fred Trump,” she added. “If there was anything wrong in the building, my dad would call and Trump would take care of it immediately. That was the small favor that he got.”
The sisters say they recall their father’s friend and fellow podiatrist, Dr. Manny Weinstein, was also somehow involved with the bone spur diagnosis. Weinstein died in 1995.
No medical records corroborate the sisters’ claims, but Trump has been vague about how he got the diagnosis. Though he has hinted that he has records of his medical history, they have not been made public, and he has previously admitted he did not remember his doctor’s name. `The White House has not responded to questions about Braunstein’s alleged involvement.
Trump’s bone spur diagnosis has been mocked by critics, who have accused him of pulling strings to avoid being sent to war. Now, the Times report has set off a new wave of ridicule and speculation.
Read more from Yahoo Lifestyle


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By LINDA QIU 3 hrs ago

President Trump said his campaign rallies drew larger crowds than concerts for Beyoncé, Jay-Z and Bruce Springsteen. That was one of 15 inaccurate claims he made.
“Highways would take 21 years to get approved. We have it down to two years, and it’s going to be one year very shortly.”
— President Trump, at a campaign rally on Thursday night in Wilkes-Barre, Pa.
This is exaggerated.
Mr. Trump has doubled a previously exaggerated claim about the permitting process for roads and infrastructure taking a decade. Average wait times for a permit ranged from three to six years from the fiscal years 1999 to 2016, according to the Federal Highway Administration.

In the 2017 fiscal year, the average wait time was three years and 10 months, almost double Mr. Trump’s claim of a two-year period. (Data for the 2018 fiscal year, which ends in September, is not yet available.)
“Our first lottery winner — let’s see, he has seven convictions for theft. He’s killed nine people. And we’re getting him the hell out of our country and giving them to the stupid politicians that have been running the United States for many years.’”
Mr. Trump has previously said that other countries were not “giving us their best” through the diversity visa lottery program. He has now escalated that unsubstantiated — and vague — claim into a false one by suggesting that foreign governments are sending murderers through the program.
As The New York Times has previously explained, millions of individuals enter the lottery of their own volition, not because they were selected by a foreign government. A computer picks winners at random and, before receiving a visa, the people chosen must undergo a screening process that bars criminals.
“Chain migration. And this was a Schumer deal. Schumer wanted this.”
Mr. Trump is likely confusing the diversity lottery program with “chain migration” or family-based immigration. Senator Chuck Schumer, Democrat of New York and the Senate minority leader, sponsored what became the diversity visa lottery in 1990, but family-based immigration has been a facet of American immigration policy long before Mr. Schumer’s political career began.
Family relationships have been a basis for admitting new immigrants since the 1920s, according to the Congressional Research Service, and the United States began promoting family reunification in 1952, which established a hierarchy that prioritized family members like spouses and children over siblings.
Beyoncé, Jay-Z and Bruce Springsteen “were drawing crowds smaller than my crowds.”
This is not the first time that Mr. Trump has compared crowd size to Beyoncé and Jay-Z’s, though it appears to be the first time he has brought the Boss into the mix.
Mr. Trump has claimed 20,000 to 49,000 people attended his biggest rallies during the 2016 presidential campaign. Even taking Mr. Trump at his word, those figures pale in comparison to audiences that have assembled to hear Beyoncé, Jay-Z and Mr. Springsteen perform.
For example, Mr. Springsteen sold out a two-night show in May 2016 in Dublin, drawing an average of 80,000 people to each show. This June, Beyoncé and Jay-Z performed for a crowd of over 57,000 in Berlin. (In addition, it should be noted that fans purchase tickets to hear the musicians in question, while Mr. Trump’s rallies are free.)
Mr. Trump also repeated several other claims The Times has previously debunked:
■ He falsely claimed the United States Steel Corporation “is opening up seven plants.” (It has not announced a single new plant.)
■ He falsely claimed “Russia is very unhappy that Trump won.” (Intelligence agencies have said — and President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia has confirmed — that he preferred Mr. Trump to Hillary Clinton.)
■ He mischaracterized NATO members as “delinquent” on payments to the alliance. (He is referring to a pledge each member set for spending on its own military.)
■ He falsely claimed “NATO funding was going down” before he raised the issue. (Military spending from members has been increasing since 2015.)
■ He claimed, with no evidence, that the man charged in the Manhattan truck attack in October brought in “22 relatives.” (This is not possible.)
■ He hyperbolically said immigrants arrested on suspicion of crossing the border illegally “never come back” for court dates. (Most do.)
■ He exaggerated the number of jobs the Keystone XL and Dakota Access pipelines would bring, estimating 48,000 jobs. (A vast majority are temporary.)
■ He misleadingly claimed that “nobody would have believed” how many jobs have been added since his election. (The number added in a comparable period before his election was larger.)
■ He falsely claimed to have signed the “biggest tax cuts in the history of our country.” (Several were larger,)
■ He misleadingly claimed to have “saved our family farms from the estate tax.” (About 80 family farms and small businesses were affected.)
■ He took credit for passing the Veterans Choice Act, which he said other presidents had been trying to pass for 40 years. (It passed in 2014, though he did sign new overhauls,)
Source: Federal Highway Administration, Congressional Research Service, Billboard, The New York Times.

My take on other Trumpisms aka lies

Promise: “Build the wall and Mexico will pay for it”

Reality:  Wall will cost (or what is asked for) 20 Billion dollars- better use for that money Nationwide infrastructure repair. The wall would not do what he thinks it will do. There are no open borders and yes there are still some people coming across illegally but not getting beyond the border in the huge numbers touted.

Promise: Repeal and Replace Obamacare:

Reality: ACA (aka Obamacare) prices have risen pricing neediest out of the market due to insurance companies losing subsidies that were designed to assist these folks. Result is more of the needy have no or little medical care, this puts more of the financial weight on the people who pay for healthcare as no one can be denied medical assistance by law.

Promise: Tax Reform-will benefit the lowest earners:

Tax cuts for Corporations and High earners did not create jobs but provided a way to pay dividends to stock holders-this does not trickle down or create jobs. Essentially if you already are wealthy , you are now wealthier.

Pardons: Pardoning convicted criminals:

A distraction to bring focus on himself as a good administrator.

Jumps on any bandwagon that elevates him e.g. NFL Kneeling, immigration (separating parents from children), bringing coal back (unless natural gas is depleted, or the sun and wind cease to exist) this won’t happen especially since many mines have closed.

Collusion: much talked about but issue really is whether or not information was  received or given to foreign entities regarding our elections.

Lies to cover the lies that he lies about.

White house staff follow the lies ala Hitler and Goebbels. Currently National Conspirator and lie monger Steve Bannon planning a disruptive campaign in the midterm. We must be aware of these assaults on our Democracy from within and without.


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TOTUS’ former physician’s office raided resulting in the removal of Totus’ medical records without the presentation of HIPPA forms. TOTUS White House agents leaked apparently made up list of questions from the Special counsel which were found to be wrong due to grammatical errors. Uproar over White House correspondents dinner roast by Comedian Tracy Wolf again shows how thin skinned the Bully is. There appears to be a concerted effort to hide the inadequacies of this administration though innuendos ,disingenuousness and quite often just plain lies. The cover ups are rampant and pervasive which will certainly result in nothing good for us.

Exclusive: Bornstein claims Trump dictated the glowing health letter
By Alex Marquardt and Lawrence Crook III, CNN 1 hr ago

WH defends taking records from Trump’s former doc

When Dr. Harold Bornstein described in hyperbolic prose then-candidate Donald Trump’s health in 2015, the language he used was eerily similar to the style preferred by his patient.
It turns out the patient himself wrote it, according to Bornstein.
“He dictated that whole letter. I didn’t write that letter,” Bornstein told CNN on Tuesday. “I just made it up as I went along.”
The admission is an about face from his answer more than two years ago when the letter was released and answers one of the lingering questions about the last presidential election. The letter thrust the eccentric Bornstein, with his shoulder-length hair and round eyeglasses, into public view.

“His physical strength and stamina are extraordinary,” he crowed in the letter, which was released by Trump’s campaign in December 2015. “If elected, Mr. Trump, I can state unequivocally, will be the healthiest individual ever elected to the presidency.”
The missive didn’t offer much medical evidence for those claims beyond citing a blood pressure of 110/65, described by Bornstein as “astonishingly excellent.” It claimed Trump had lost 15 pounds over the preceding year. And it described his cardiovascular health as “excellent.”
The White House didn’t respond to a request for comment about Bornstein’s claim.
Later, as questions mounted over the health both of Trump and his rival Hillary Clinton, Bornstein offered a more businesslike assessment, listing things such as Trump’s height, weight and prescription medications.
He later told CNN’s Drew Griffin he’d dashed off the first letter as he was seeing patients.
“I was just rushed for time,” he said in September 2016. “I had people to see.”
He insisted then that the words were his own.
“Did I really write that letter? Yeah,” he said.
Now, as Bornstein re-enters the spotlight claiming Trump’s ex-bodyguard Keith Schiller robbed his office when Schiller retrieved Trump’s medical records, the story behind the letter is becoming clearer.
“That’s black humor, that letter. That’s my sense of humor,” he said. “It’s like the movie ‘Fargo’: It takes the truth and moves it in a different direction.”
He said Trump read out the language as Bornstein and his wife were driving across Central Park.
“(Trump) dictated the letter and I would tell him what he couldn’t put in there,” he said. “They came to pick up their letter at 4 o’clock or something.” Conflation!


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Apparently Mr. Pruitt feels ill used by the people he is supposed to advocate for, I guess his rollback of environmental protections for the country’s health should not be a flash point for the voters. Suppose he did the job he is supposed to do (serve the people) maybe his travel experience would improve. His actions along with a few other cabinet minister’s travel habits explain why this administration’s policies do not bode well for us.MA

EPA: Pruitt faced profanities from fellow passengers when he flew coach
Brandon Carter 8 hrs ago

© Provided by The Hill
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) revealed that Administrator Scott Pruitt faced profanities and confrontations while traveling after controversy surrounding his use of first-class flights.

The director of the EPA’s Office of Criminal Enforcement, Henry Barnet, told Politico that Pruitt was “approached in the airport numerous times” and had profanities “yelled at him” during his travels.
Barnet told the publication that one specific incident saw a person approach Pruitt and shout “Scott Pruitt, you’re f—ing up the environment” while recording it on a cellphone.
“The team leader felt that he was being placed in a situation where he was unsafe on the flight,” Barnet told Politico.
“We felt that based on the recommendation from the team leader, the special agent in charge, that it would be better suited to have him in business or first class, away from close proximity from those individuals who were approaching him and being extremely rude, using profanities and potential for altercations and so forth,” he continued.
The EPA’s defense of the administrator’s traveling habits comes after The Washington Post reported Sunday that Pruitt frequently flies first class on official trips, costing taxpayers thousands of dollars.
CBS News reported late Tuesday that Pruitt flew business class in June on an Emirates flight back from Italy after obtaining a waiver to rules that require official travel to be on United States-flagged airlines.
On Tuesday, Pruitt blamed his first-class flying on interactions that have “not been the best.”
He told the New Hampshire Union Leader that his security detail dictated his travel choices, and he played no role in the decisions.
“We live in a very toxic environment politically, particularly around issues of the environment,” Pruitt said.
“We’ve reached the point where there’s not much civility in the marketplace and it’s created, you know, it’s created some issues and the [security] detail, the level of protection is determined by the level of threat.”
Pruitt and his family have received far more threats than previous EPA leaders. E&E News reported that the EPA’s inspector general opened about 70 investigations into threats in 2017, about double the previous year.
In response, Pruitt and the EPA have taken additional security measures that his predecessors didn’t.

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“Patriotism is the last refuge of the scoundrel.” – Samuel Johnson, 1775

The above quote explains this administration and it’s ascension. This rise bolstered by the likes of Devin Nunes, abetted overtly and tacitly by Representative Paul Ryan and Congressman Mitch McConnell. These are the two leaders of the House and Senate who by their position in the legislature are supposed to work for the people -ALL people. What has happened in the first year of this administration is executive orders rolling back protections for us all no matter what state you live in. The poorly vetted  cabinet members are spending public money like water but not for the good of the public. Under the guise of “making America Great Again” this administration has made a mockery of the United States standing at home and abroad. The voter base is eroding by the day and the “campaign style” rhetoric is losing favor each time it occurs. What we have is an administration that is undermining our security with “tweet storms”, hidden agendas and often just plain lies. We should be reminded that these abuses raise memories of the Nixon era’s watergate and Joe McCarthy’s “witch hunt for Communists. These two issues point to our failure as voters to pay attention to the people we have elected to the legislature for multiple terms. We the people have to take control of our Government by electing the most honest and forthright people we can but we must also question them at town halls and demand answers to those questions. If we do not get those answers then perhaps we should vote for someone else.  We must remember that a lie is still a lie no matter how it is dressed up.


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Meshuga’as is a Yiddish word for craziness and that aptly describes the current administration and the hangers-on that follow it. Recently Congressman Ron Johnson (WI) made statements about the FBI which on its face appears to be bad, however when further scrutinized are no more than distractive issues for the Mueller investigation.

inappropriate behavior at the FBI.

Ron Johnson now says he doesn’t know what his ‘informant’ meant by FBI anti-Trump ‘secret society’ meetings. Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wis., said on Tuesday he had an “informant” corroborate reports concerning the existence of an FBI “secret society” working to undermine President Trump.
“What this is all about is further evidence of corruption, more than bias, but corruption at the highest levels of the FBI,” Johnson told Fox News’ Bret Baier.
“Now a secret society? We have an informant that’s talking about a group that were holding secret meetings off site. There is so much smoke here, there is so much suspicion,” the senator continued.

Apparently Mr. Johnson has nothing better to do than keep other issues (unproven so far) in the news rather than do his job. This appears to be the case in this administration as a general rule. Distract rather than legislate. Lie when ever possible to keep your message out there. Looking at the Resident’s Supporters in government, each one seems to have a hard time staying on topic and not answering specific questions for clarification. This applies to the preferred news station of the administration “FAUX” network. Typically one can read about current events and have a reasonable idea of what is happening however the last several years have brought about a group of folks who have no issue with promoting lies to get their agenda moving. It is unfortunate that their activities denigrate the good work being done by more honest folks. As voters it is our obligation to parse the truth out of the voluminous lies that litter the airways and in print. An example of keeping the “party line” is recently pardoned Joe Arpaio’s has announced a run for Congress and is still pushing the Birther idea that Former President Obama was not born in the U.S.A. Isn’t a bit late to continue pushing an already proven and accepted fact? We must pay attention to what’s said and not be taken in by “FAUX’ news!


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Having a personal opinion is great.
Believing that one’s personal opinion is absolute truth
leads to most of the world’s troubles.
– Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The current political war in Washington is more about personal preferences rather than what is good for the country (everyone in it). Since we are a nation of immigrants (no matter what the accepted definition of immigrant is) why are the people we elected making decisions that do nothing to improve our country and by extension our relations with our allied partners in the world? We have people in office who are so shortsighted as to be blind to the cost of their inhibiting actions. These actions have consequences beyond our borders and could conceivable (if not already) create rifts in our worldwide relationships. This administration has spent more time dismantling rules and regulations than improving ones that can be improved, all of this with the tacit if not implicit assistance of our neer do well Congress. It appears that the insiders of this administration have their own agendas and are working to make them priority  over the good for all of us. It is not an issue of campaign promises being accomplished, it is a case of  devious individuals inserting their own opinions onto the public landscape as necessary for better government. Currently the House intelligence committee is raising the spectre of FBI misconduct in the vein of the “McCarthy Hearings’ which ended in failure and the ruin of many careers. Devin Nunes failed in previous efforts to discredit the Mueller investigation and now is making another attempt at discrediting the Justice department and the Mueller investigation. This merely shows that the current administration is at odds with itself and will hurt us all by creating an extension of the existing malfunctioning administration. No matter what your political bent is, these elected people are not working for you. Each one of them is engaged in one-upmanship to benefit themselves. If you believe the current administration is doing a good job then I submit that you take the blinders off and realize that all legislation good or bad affects us all and for years to come until we elect better representatives who actually work for us in an honest manner.

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After watching several Sunday News and panel shows today, it has been made even clearer that our Congress is broken and made even more so by the ascension of the current Resident of the White House. Almost to a person all of the administration officials blame the Scamocrats in spite the known facts that the Resident made a statement that he would sign what was brought before even he was not completely happy with it. A bipartisan proposal was brought to him and he refused it( so he lied in the previous statement). Each of these Resident defenders did exactly what their boss did-Lie! It is my opinion that we will never have decent and functioning government under this Resident and the current leaders of the Senate and the House are backing these poor decisions by blaming the other party. This is not governing , this just ducking the responsibility of their office and lying to their constituents as they have apparently been doing for a long time since they appear to do it so well. These folks pass bad legislation  with ease and point at it with pride while saying how good it will be for us much like Adolph did in the 30’s.MA

First day of government shutdown ends in standoff
By Richard Cowan and Ginger Gibson

Reuters 9 hours ago

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (Getty Images)
By Richard Cowan and Ginger Gibson
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Donald Trump and Republican lawmakers were locked in a standoff with Democrats on Saturday over the U.S. government shutdown, with Republicans saying they would not negotiate on immigration until the government is reopened.
Funding for federal agencies ran out at midnight with no agreement in Congress, meaning the second year of Trump’s presidency began without a fully functioning government.
Democrats stuck to demands that any short-term spending legislation must include protections for young undocumented immigrants known as “Dreamers.” Republicans in turn said they would not negotiate on immigration until Democrats gave them the votes needed to reopen the government.
U.S. government workers were told to stay home or, in some cases, work without pay until new funding is approved in the first federal government shutdown since a 16-day funding lapse in October 2013.
The Republican-controlled Senate and House of Representatives held rare weekend sessions on Saturday, facing a political crisis that could affect November congressional elections. By about 7 p.m. both chambers resigned themselves to failure and agreed to resume work on Sunday.
Both Republicans and Democrats had dug in during the day, each side blaming the other.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said the Senate would vote at 0100 EST (0600 GMT) Monday on a bill to fund the government through Feb. 8, unless Democrats agree to hold it sooner.
“We’ll be right back at this tomorrow and for as long as it takes” for Democrats to vote for legislation that would reopen the government, McConnell said.
Outside the U.S. Capitol, parks, open-air monuments and Smithsonian museums were open as a second annual women’s rights march took place on the National Mall. But visitors were turned away from the Liberty Bell in Philadelphia and the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island in New York Harbor.
A scheduled trip by Trump and some Cabinet members to the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, was being assessed on a day-to-day basis, White House budget director Mick Mulvaney said.
Republicans said they would refuse to negotiate on immigration until Democrats provide the votes to re-open the government. Democrats insisted they have been willing to compromise but Republicans backed out of deals.
“The president will not negotiate on immigration reform until Democrats stop playing games and reopen the government,” said White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders.
Marc Short, the White House’s legislative affairs director, said Trump had been in contact with Republican leaders in Congress during the day, but had not reached out to Democrats.
Short said the president likely would be most effective making the case for ending the shutdown directly to the American people, and he did not rule out Trump addressing the nation in the coming days.
The tough message from the White House and Republicans in Congress led to speculation that Washington could be in for a prolonged political battle.
At the U.S. Capitol, Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer delivered a stinging portrayal of Trump as an unreliable negotiating partner, saying the two sides came close to an agreement several times only to have Trump back out at the urging of anti-immigration conservatives.
“Negotiating with President Trump is like negotiating with Jell-O,” said Schumer, who met Trump at the White House on Friday for a 90-minute meeting that had briefly raised hopes. “It’s impossible to negotiate with a constantly moving target.”
The federal government had been running on three consecutive temporary funding bills since the new fiscal year began in October.
Democrats had sought to secure permanent legal protections for 700,000 young undocumented immigrants as a condition for new government funding after their attempts to push through the protections in stand-alone bills were rebuffed. Trump ordered the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival program to expire in March, requiring Congress to act.
Earlier, McConnell said a solution to the crisis was “just inches away” but he blamed Democrats for blocking legislation to pass the fourth stopgap funding measure.
One idea floated by Republicans was to renew government funding through Feb. 8 to end the shutdown, while working to resolve other issues, including immigration, military and non-military spending, disaster relief and some healthcare matters.
U.S. Representative Gerry Connolly, a Democrat whose northern Virginia district has one of the highest concentrations of federal government employees, said there was no sign that serious bipartisan negotiations were taking place and he would be surprised if Congress reached a resolution before Monday.
“You can hear the crickets chirping in the hallway,” Connolly said on Saturday evening. He said if there were negotiations, “it would have to be really deep back channels.”
He attributed the lack of talks to “raw feelings” and that Trump had walked away on Friday from a deal on immigration.
A video ad released on Saturday by Trump’s presidential campaign that says Democrats will be “complicit” in murders by illegal immigrants could inflame tensions.
Trump had portrayed himself as the ultimate dealmaker, but his inability to cut a deal despite having a Republican majority in both houses of Congress marked arguably the most debilitating setback for his administration.
“This is the One Year Anniversary of my Presidency and the Democrats wanted to give me a nice present,” he said on Twitter.
The immediate impact of the government shutdown was eased somewhat by it beginning on a weekend.
The Defense Department said combat operations in Afghanistan and other military activities would continue, while federal law enforcement officers also would remain on duty.
Talks on the North American Free Trade Agreement will continue, as will major cybersecurity functions, and most of the Environmental Protection Agency will remain open, budget director Mulvaney said.
But without a quick deal, hundreds of thousands of government employees will be put on temporary unpaid leave.
“It’s ironic that they get paid – meaning Congress – and the rest of the government doesn’t,” said Dawn Gaither, 57, a Washington teacher. “That’s what we need to do, kick these guys in the tail and get them to work.”
(Reporting by Richard Cowan, Ginger Gibson, James Oliphant, Ian Simpson, and David Brunnstrom in Washington; Writing by Richard Cowan and Doina Chiacu; Editing by Bill Trott and Daniel Wallis)
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