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one man is demanding something and holding the system hostage until he gets it. the government could be open and negotiations for wall funding could carry on.
- 800k out of work
- 250k furloughed
- 400k working without pay
- farmers preparing for spring planting cannot get the bailout money
trump promised due to his trade war hurting farm revenues because USDA is not fully functioning
- TSA and border security both working with reduced staff... meaning reduced security
let's not forget trump said repeatedly "I will shutdown the government" unless he got what he want.
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Blaming the Dems would require a lot of mental gymnastics considering that Republicans have been refusing to fund the wall since Trump came into office. Democrats are simply continuing what Republicans were already doing for two years.
The Democratic-led House has produced many appropriation bills to keep the government running while discussions of the wall continue. The problem is that every bill that is produced is either vetoed by Trump or don't even make it to the Senate due to Mitch McConnell's obstructionism.
Congress don't even need Trump to sign off on a bill to fund the government. They can easily override his veto and end this shutdown, but once Trump's cronies (McConnell) won't let that happen.