Trump calls for government shutdown-nuclear option combination in September

by Kyle Feldscher | washingtonexaminer  |  published on May 2, 2017

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President Trump on Tuesday called for a government shutdown at the end of September in order to kill the legislative filibuster in the Senate so he can pass more of his priorities.

“The reason for the plan negotiated between the Republicans and Democrats is that we need 60 votes in the Senate which are not there!” Trump tweeted. “We either elect more Republican Senators in 2018 or change the rules now to 51%. Our country needs a good ‘shutdown’ in September to fix mess!”

Trump agreed to a deal between congressional Democrats and Republicans over the weekend to avoid a partial government shutdown that would start early Saturday morning with no spending bill. The agreement, which doesn’t fund many of Trump’s priorities, would keep the government open until the end of the fiscal year on Sept. 30.

Trump said in a recent interview that he’d like to do away with some of the rules that make it harder to pass legislation in the Senate, namely the 60-vote threshold to end debate on a bill. Senate Democrats currently have the ability to stymie Trump’s agenda in the upper chamber because they have 48 votes, which means they can band together to block some of his more controversial plans.

  • Patricia Gleitz

    Democrats are too use to getting their way. Go for 51% vote on all legislation now! Republicans need to stand up now and get legislation passed.

  • Walter Flatt

    SHUT HER DOWN, GET IT DONE NOW. USE THE AX YOU HAVE.

    FROM A REGISTERED DEMOCRAT, BUT AN AMERICAN FIRST. PROUDLY, I VOTED FOR TRUMP. I AM 86 AND NEVER SEEN A MORE QUALIFIED PERSON THERE.

    EVERY ONE AND THIS GOVERNMENT HAD BETTER WORRY ABOUT THE MUSLIMS HERE AT HOME ESPECIALLY THE 5 CAMPS IN NORTH VA. CLOSE TO WASHINGTON.

    PUBLIC LAW 414, PAGE 2, SECTION 212, WAS PASSED IN 1952 THAT BANS ALL PEOPLE TRYING TO DESTROY OUR COUNTY, AND MUSLIMS QUALIF TO BE DEPORTED.

    READ THE QURAN, THEIR BIBLE.

    COULD IT BE THAT OBAMA HAS SET US UP FOR HIM TO LEAD A MUSLIM INVASION OF OUR COUNTRY? IF NOT,

    WHY ARE THERE 5 MUSLIM CAMPS IN N. VIRGINA, CLOSE TO DC. (TAKE OVER WASHINGTON, COULD BE) WE WILL HAVE A LOT OF HEADLESS POLITICIANS IF SO.

    WHY TRY AND BUY UP ALL AMMO AND TAKE OUR GUNS.

    WHY ALLOW IN EXCESS OF 36 MUSLIM CAMPS. (PERHAPS HUNDREDS)

    (BUILD A FEMA CAMP IN EVERY STATE? SOME STATE HAS MORE THAN ONE. BUILT AND SUPPORTED BY YOUR TAX MONEY.

    WHY, WHILE IN OFFICE, DID HE SET HIS CABINET WITH MOSTLY MUSLIMS.

    WHY WAS HILLIARY’S TOP AIDE A RADICAL MUSLIM,

    WHY IS THE DEMOCRAT PARTY FOR A OPEN BORDER. COULD IT BE TO GET FREE DOPE, GOODGLE, THE NEW CLINTON CHRONICLES 2015 AND LISTEN TO IT ALL.

    LAST WHY, DID OBAMA SEND BILLIONS TO HIS MUSLIM FRIENDS.

  • Original Anna

    Veto the bill, send it back and tweet why it is going back. If you have to shut the gov’t down which it never really does. All necessary gov’t stuff still gets done, it’s just things like veterans visiting parks, etc. that get closed. The president can pick what is closed and left open. Make the damn republicans do their job which is to look out for their voters not the democrat voters. Gees. We need a new third party without republicans and democrats. If you wait until sept. the democrats will just dig in their heels and you will get nothing done from now until sept, believe me because they know they can win. Voting in more republicans is not working because they still vote with the democrats. Veto the bill and send it back for correction. Get rid of Ryan.

    • Marie Saqueton

      Remember when Obama closed the government for 18 days and the Veteran’s parks were shut down?This was when the Republicans got the majority in both houses on his last term and they wanted him to cut down on his OVER-BLOATED BUDGET and he refused, so he closed the government and employees went furlough. Obama did not care that he already tripled our unsustainable DEBT, from $5,Trillion in 8 yrs. when Bush left to $20,TRILLION with Obama in 8 yrs. Now Pres. Trump is faced with a HERCULEAN job to recover our economy., and see if he can save our great, great grandchildren from paying off Obama’s amassed massive debt he left us. Obama is now a multi-billionaire just like crooked Hillary so they don’t care. They are being paid thousands of dollars by crooked corporations to lie through their teeth and promise them to work against Trump and get back the White House for Demoncrats again. I am glad I am old and won’t see the demise of America then, under another Democ, but to see the re-election of Pres. Tump in 2020 will be heaven to me. He just saved us from WW111 this week by talking to Putin to work together in defeating ISIS. Now, that is a true President to me. May God bless him for putting Christianity back in our country and upholding the law. All of us Christians are praying for him and God heard us, against all odds and billions spent against him, he WON….. Thank you Lord.

  • duncmck

    thats great on president trump ..the republican congress is the same traitors they were in 2012-2014 and now the laughable 2017..here we go again..all good done by executive orders so far.(except gorsuch) no laws incurred .spending still increases .great policies funding; not funded..they believe we are morons ..we are!! if we actually believe these republican frauds ..shut it down..we got your back donald ..we love separation of powers..now we KNOW there not separate..its an illusion brought to you by the artists in rhetroric..trained slick lying legal minds ..why are 95% of politicians lawyers?

  • Walter Flatt

    GET IT DONE NOW. WHY WASTE TIME.

    FROM A REGISTERED DEMOCRAT, BUT AN AMERICAN FIRST.

    EVERY ONE AND THIS GOVERNMENT HAD BETTER WORRY ABOUT THE MUSLIMS HERE AT HOME ESPECIALLY THE 5 CAMPS IN NORTH VA. CLOSE TO WASHINGTON.

    PUBLIC LAW 414, PAGE 2, SECTION 212, WAS PASSED IN 1952 THAT BANS ALL PEOPLE TRYING TO DESTROY OUR COUNTY, AND MUSLIMS QUALIF TO BE DEPORTED.

    READ THE QURAN, THEIR BIBLE.

    COULD IT BE THAT OBAMA HAS SET US UP FOR HIM TO LEAD A MUSLIM INVASION OF OUR COUNTRY? IF NOT,

    WHY ARE THERE 5 MUSLIM CAMPS IN N. VIRGINA, CLOSE TO DC. (TAKE OVER WASHINGTON, COULD BE) WE WILL HAVE A LOT OF HEADLESS POLITICIANS IF SO.

    WHY TRY AND BUY UP ALL AMMO AND TAKE OUR GUNS.

    WHY ALLOW IN EXCESS OF 36 MUSLIM CAMPS. (PERHAPS HUNDREDS)

    (BUILD A FEMA CAMP IN EVERY STATE? SOME STATE HAS MORE THAN ONE. BUILT AND SUPPORTED BY YOUR TAX MONEY.

    WHY, WHILE IN OFFICE, DID HE SET HIS CABINET WITH MOSTLY MUSLIMS.

    WHY WAS HILLIARY’S TOP AIDE A RADICAL MUSLIM,

    WHY IS THE DEMOCRAT PARTY FOR A OPEN BORDER. COULD IT BE TO GET FREE DOPE, GOODGLE, THE NEW CLINTON CHRONICLES 2015 AND LISTEN TO IT ALL.

    LAST WHY, DID OBAMA SEND BILLIONS TO HIS MUSLIM FRIENDS.

  • Rick D.

    Great idea!! When push comes to shove, P***ies always buckle under. And, since that’s what DumbocRATS are, I think that’s what Trump needs to do.

  • Dea Whyte-Mansburten

    The puzzled GOP just don’t know to deal with a WINNER. They are more comfortable capitulating to losers like McCain & Obama.

    We need term limits so that NO ONE regards Congress as their lifetime CAREER!

    • CrustyOldGeezer

      They have a problem understanding the colloquial pronunciations of certain words.

      We say Be a WINNER!

      And they hear BE A WEINER!

      Then we get mad at them for doing what they were told.

    • gvette

      You’re more correct, then you know!!

  • John Arribas

    THE SENATORS HAVE CUSHY JOBS AND JUST WANT TO GET RE-ELECTED SO THEIR NEEDS ARE PERSONAL NOT NATIONAL. DUMP THE FILIBUSTER BS AND LETS MOVE ON. NAME THESE DEMOCRATS AND LETS NOT RE-ELECT THEM

  • mike

    Republicans are their own worse enemy. If they fought the dims as hard as they fight each other, something might get done. Murder inc., aka planned parenthood needed to starve…….

  • Peter Pihun

    We must not cave in to the swamp democrats and Rino’s. Shut government down and save taxpayers money by stopping government handouts.

  • Webb

    McConnell needs to consider a 51 vote on all Legislation…Otherwise nothing will get through the Senate. Think about It, now is the time. Push ALL THE CONSERVATIVE LEGISLATION possible with a 51 vote rules change for the next four years. Republicans can put government on the right course if they have the Guts to do so.
    Reid and Democrats had their rule change…Now it’s time for an ALL Legislation Rules Change…
    ☆★☆

  • Richard Bagenstose

    i agree and have bin saying the same thing shut it down now or he will become a dead duck president , give in this time ,and they will hammer you next time

    • Ramon1710 .

      Think they’re gutless sell-outs now? Come Sept, the only thing the RINO idiots will be concentrating on is their re-election, but it will be a futile effort, because we recognize them for the useless liars they are. The time to shut down is now!

  • Chuck

    Chock: Unfortunately, I must agree. As one much smarter than me has said, “This nation was conceived by geniuses and is now run by idiots.” And, we the people are to blame.

  • chock

    Words just words. Paul Ryan and McConnell have made sure you have no money to build the wall so time is now to take action. Neither of these pos are for you and we will no longer defend and support you unless you take control and move the PEOPLES Agenda not Paul Ryans. Preibus is useless you to and working and lying for Paul Ryan. Wake up sick of the liberals and spend, spend, spend. Fire half of the union employees in Washington and the agencies and then get rid of the UNIONS so they have to do their jobs. Sorry but this is not what I voted for.

    • PatriotGal

      chock, go o the WH website and send an email to OUR PRESIDENT telling him how you feel. I did!

  • le3845

    It’s amazing how the dimwit craps will let ideology get in the way of our security.

  • Chuck

    Why wait. Veto this terrible spending extension and let the government shut down. The blame belongs to the Dimwitocrats. Don’t give in to either the Dims or the beltway Repubs.

    • chock

      The republicans would never blame then because they love them and their policies.

      • Retired

        Both parties are at fault , Trump should veto the bill and no pay for congress until they stop playing games and drop The ACA completely . Then present a spending bill with no pork , add pork no pay .

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    • pmbalele

      Shut down! Domestic and foreign terrorists will have a wrong idea that US government is dead and therefore will attack us at the airports and sport arena. We have to be careful how we say it. They do not know if other department cannot be shut down.

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