Ben Shapiro, host of “The Ben Shapiro Show,” in a daily Facebook Live video podcast Thursday, explained how President Trump “just undermined everything his own party is doing” with a recent tweet concerning leverage the GOP is using to pass a continuing resolution.
“Speaking of ineffectual, the President of the United States just undermined everything his own party is doing,” stated Ben Shapiro.
“So, President Trump tweets out today, ‘CHIP should be part of a long term solution, not a 30 Day, or short term, extension!’” Ben Shapiro continued later in his show. “Maybe he doesn’t understand how this works. That’s the Democrat talking point. Right? The Democrats are saying that they want CHIP to be part of a long-term budget deal, not part of the continuing resolution because they’re trying to extract concessions from Trump and team.”
CHIP should be part of a long term solution, not a 30 Day, or short term, extension!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 18, 2018
Ben Shapiro’s comments came after President Trump tweeted, “CHIP should be part of a long term solution, not a 30 Day, or short term, extension!” Trump later tweeted the following: “A government shutdown will be devastating to our military...something the Dems care very little about!”
Below is a transcript of Shapiro’s remarks from his daily Facebook Live video podcast:
“Let’s talk about this immigration fallout for just a second.
“The latest from the Hill— Speaking of ineffectual, the President of the United States just undermined everything his own party is doing.
“So, right now there’s a big debate happening over government funding. So, the government has to get funded, I believe, by Friday or we enter government shutdown territory.
“Now, I’m a person that doesn’t care about government shutdowns. You’re probably a person that doesn’t care about government shutdowns. If you think you care about government shutdowns, it’s because you don’t know what a government shutdown is.
“Mandatory government services continue. You’re still going to get your social security checks. You’re still going to be, you’re still going to be—the military will continue to be funded. The military ops will continue. The government will stay open.
“Alright? This is why when there was a big government shutdown in 2013 the Obama administration had to manufacture a crisis. They had to shut down open air monuments. Alright? Things where there wasn’t any guard there, they just shut them down to show you that, if the government isn’t operating, that you can’t visit this rock in this park, here.
“And so, the idea that government shutdowns end the world is silly. But one wants to avoid it because it’s a press manufactured crisis, and politicians believe it because they think they’re the most important people on planet earth.
“So the way that this is operating is that Republicans are saying here’s what we want: We want a short-term continuing resolution. It will continue to fund the government for 30 days. It won’t be a brand new budget or anything, and in order to get this passed, we are not going to include anything with regard to DACA. So, we’re not going to solve the issue of the DREAMers. We’re not going to say that they can stay. We’re not going to renew their quasi-green cards. We’re not going to do any of that. That’s a separate negotiation. We just want to fund the government. And in order to sweeten the deal and get Democrats on board, we are going to sign into law a six-year extension of the Children’s Health Insurance Program.
“Now, the Children’s Health Insurance Program is a federal program by which the federal government basically subsidizes states to take care of underage minors who don’t have sufficient health insurance. It’s basically an expansion of Medicaid on a federal level.
“I actually have some problems with CHIP not because I think the government doesn’t necessarily have a role here but because I think the federal government doesn’t necessarily have a role here. States are going to shoulder the burden, or local communities are going to shoulder the burden of what to do with children who are underinsured. That makes a lot more sense. I’m a localist at heart. I don’t know where the federal government finds the authority in the Constitution to spend billions upon billions of dollars on any of these social programs, and that includes even ones that I think are doing good things – like CHIP, for example.
“But it’s a very popular program. It’s obviously going to be remandated – all of that.
“Republicans have been trying to remandate it since October. Democrats refuse to go along with it because they want some strings attached.
“So, right now the Republicans are proposing that we go forward with this, that we go forward with this temporary funding, this continuing resolution. No cuts, as always, because as I’ve said many times on the show, no one has an interest in cuts. Everyone has an interest in spending.
“The Democrats are saying, though, that they are not going to vote for the continuing resolution.
“Now, there are some budget hawks on the Republican side saying, ‘Listen, we want some cuts. You want to do this continuing resolution stuff? We want cuts.’ This would be the House Freedom Caucus. ‘We need something in return for continued funding of the government.’ And so, that is leaving Republicans a little bit short of a majority, and no Democrats are jumping on board because they want the government to shut down because they think that Trump will be blamed for a government shutdown.
“The reality is that it’s a little more complex than that.
“Democrats could sign up for this continuing resolution and fund CHIP, but they’re not going to do that. So the Democrats are very frustrated by this tactic, even though this is the same tactic they’ve been using for years. It’s one of the reasons, by the way, that I oppose omnibus budgets and omnibus packages, because it basically allows you to take a sweet meat, put something good, in a sandwich that’s a crap sandwich, and then say, ‘If you don’t vote for this crap sandwich, you’re voting against the children.’ ‘If you don’t like this continuing resolution, you’re voting against the children.’ This is why I don’t like these omnibus packages. I do think that everything should be voted on individually and funded individually. You shouldn’t be able to pass a bill that isn’t funded, and everything that you fund should be passed on an individual level so that we can determine whether it is something that is good or something that is bad. That’s on an ideological level.
“But what the Republicans are trying to do at this point is get past the government shutdown, and in order to do that they’re using CHIP as a certain amount of leverage against Democrats. They’re saying, ‘Listen, you don’t vote for the continuing resolution, you’re voting down your opportunity to continue the longest extension of CHIP funding in American history.’
“So, naturally, the Democrats are really peeved about all of this, and they say, ‘Well, you guys should just fund CHIP separately. Why are you connecting all of the funding in the continuing resolution to all of this, all of this CHIP funding? Why aren’t you putting DACA in there?’
“The Republicans, on the contrary, are saying, ‘Listen, you want the CHIP funding? Let’s just pass the continuing resolution. We’re good to go.’
“Only, one problem, President Trump has a Twitter account. So, President Trump tweets out today, ‘CHIP should be part of a long term solution, not a 30 Day, or short term, extension!’ Maybe he doesn’t understand how this works. That’s the Democrat talking point. Right? The Democrats are saying that they want CHIP to be part of a long-term budget deal, not part of the continuing resolution because they’re trying to extract concessions from Trump and team.
“So, Senator John Cornyn actually had to tweet out to the president exactly what they were doing, trying to explain to him via Twitter how this works.”