Schumer’s Shutdown Still Likely After Dems Leave Negotiating Table

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In an overtly predictable fashion, politics in America have once again been distilled into the possibility of a looming government shutdown that the left refuses to take responsibility for.

It has been such a partisan nightmare in optics that the White House was forced to finally rebrand the entire debacle as “Schumer’s Shutdown”, as democratic leader Chuck Schumer has been largely responsible for the holdup in negotiations.

As the left tends to do when they are in the congressional minority, they have put a ransom on the government’s ability to continue work in 2018.  The price?  The left gets whatever DACA amnesty deal they want, and they’ll sign off on the bill needed to keep Washington churning away.  What many liberals are forgetting is that they are attempting to hoodwink the man response for The Art of The Deal – a fairly asinine strategy, if you ask me.

So, Trump gave Schumer a shot to quantify his needs and keep the government afloat during a private meeting between the two this afternoon.  Now that Schumer has left the White House without a deal in place, there’s no place for the left to hide their culpability.

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“Democratic Senate leader Chuck Schumer met with President Donald Trump at the White House on Friday to search for ways to avert a U.S. government shutdown, but Schumer said afterward that disagreements remained as the clock ticked toward a midnight deadline to pass a funding bill.

“Trump invited Schumer to the White House as a stopgap bill to fund the federal government through Feb. 16 appeared on the verge of collapse in the Senate, where Democratic votes are needed to pass it.

“’We had a long and detailed meeting,’ Schumer told reporters on his return to the U.S. Capitol after the approximately 90-minute meeting. The chiefs of staff for each man – John Kelly for Trump and Mike Lynch for Schumer – also attended.

“’We discussed all of the major outstanding issues. We made some progress, but we still have a good number of disagreements. The discussions will continue,’ Schumer said.

“The Republican-controlled House of Representatives approved the stopgap spending measure late on Thursday, but it has been sidetracked in the Senate by a dispute over immigration. The House had planned to recess later on Friday for a weeklong break but members were warned they could be called back for votes.”

Of course, we’ve seen this all before.  The left has a habit of using government shutdowns as bargaining chips, demonstrating their true disdain for the way our nation’s legislative branch is intended to operate.

These bureaucratic bullies haven’t been dealing with a man such as Trump in the past, however, and this round of negotiations isn’t over until the President says so.  This is something Schumer and the democrats are about to explicitly learn.

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