By Rick Oltman, December 29, 2018
As of Friday morning, the U.S. government is still “shut down” (not really, but that’s the meme) because the Senate has not voted to approve the budget bill that includes $5.7 billion passed by the House that is designated to build the border wall.
Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) has the loudest voice in the Senate, claiming that President Trump is responsible for the shutdown.
In fact, every Democrat congressman in the House and 8 Republicans voted against the $5.7 billion amendment (217-185).
Well Senator Schumer, it seems like you and your fellow Democrats are keeping the government “shut down,” because you are opposed to border security.
If getting the government up and running again is such an important priority for you, get your fellow Democrats in the Senate to approve the $5.7 billion for the wall.
If you don’t, then a legitimate question can be asked, “Why are all the Democrats opposed to border security and keeping the government shut down?”
On Friday the 21st, the Senate passed a continuing resolution 48-47 to proceed on the House’s CR, that includes $5.7 billion in border wall funding, which will put the spending bill to a full-floor vote soon. The President of the Senate, Vice President Mike Pence, broke a tie on the motion to proceed, the next step should be the Senate voting on the legislation.
And here’s a message to Senator Mitch McConnell (R-KY), Senate Majority leader: Get the votes to pass the bill, use the “nuclear option” to end debate, if you need to.
The “nuclear option”:
“The nuclear option is a parliamentary procedure that allows the United States Senate to override a rule – specifically the 60-vote rule to close debate – by a simple majority of 51 votes, rather than the two-thirds supermajority normally required to amend the rules. The option is invoked when the majority leader raises a point of order that only a simple majority is needed to close debate on certain matters. The presiding officer denies the point of order based on Senate rules, but the ruling of the chair is then appealed and overturned by majority vote … .”
The need for border security is obvious. After the Christmas holidays end, usually about mid-January, the trek north will begin again. And there is still the caravan to deal with.
Every single member of government, the current Congress and the ones being sworn in on January 3, 2019, need to be held accountable. Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-San-ctuary Francisco) is likely to be the Speaker of the House.
Also, three new committee chairmen will be interesting to watch:
Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA, 28th) Chairman of the House Intelligence Committee
Rep. Jerry Nadler (D-NY, 10th) Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee
Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA, 43rd) Chairman of the House Financial Services Committee
Yikes, three-quarters of them are from Sanctuary California!
America wants border security. Americans want our immigration laws enforced.
Anybody from any political party, who thwarts attempts to secure our border needs to be called out on it, often, and loudly.
It’s going to be an interesting year.
You have enemies? Good. That means you’ve stood up for something, sometime in your life. [Winston Churchill.]
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