Government Shutdown Roulette in September?

To avoid a shutdown of the government this past week, President Trump and the Republicans have pushed through a budget deal that now runs until the end of September. There is a lot of criticism from all sides that did not get their special interests satisfied. What has happened is that the President has set the Democrats up for a confrontation in September. He will make them own it if it comes to a shutdown, Do you support him?

BY ED MORRISSEY at HOT AIR

Alternative headline: White House reads reviews of budget deal. After caving to Democrats on the FY2017 omnibus spending bill to avoid a shutdown, Donald Trump and Republican leadership got a chorus of boos from supporters, including Rush Limbaugh on down. This morning, Trump tried to reclaim his status as the nation’s political alpha male by cheering for a shutdown over the upcoming FY2018 budget talks:

 

The shutdown would actually come in October rather than September, as this new bill funds operations to the end of the fiscal year (September 30th), but the point is clear. Trump is claiming that he’ll go to the mattresses the next time, and force Democrats to either come along or force them to shut down operations. That seems to have been prompted by Democrats bragging that they got the best of Trump this time, and as the Washington Post reports, think they have unlocked the key to blocking the rest of his legislative agenda:

Democrats think they have set the stage to block President Trump’s legislative priorities for years to come by winning major concessions in a spending bill to keep the government open.

CONTINUE READING ABOUT SHUTDOWN HERE:  Trump: Hey, who’s up for a shutdown in September?

 

 

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