Trump: Dems Want a Shutdown to Get Focus Off Trump's Tax Cuts

By Susan Jones | January 19, 2018 | 6:32am EST
The U.S. Senate discusses a motion to proceed to a vote on a continuing resolution on Jan. 18, 2018. (Photo: Screen grab/C-SPAN)

( - "Government Funding Bill past (sic) last night in the House of Representatives," President Trump tweeted early Friday morning. "Now Democrats are needed if it is to pass in the Senate - but they want illegal immigration and weak borders. Shutdown coming? We need more Republican victories in 2018!"

The House of Representatives on Thursday night passed a continuing resolution to keep the government funded for another month.

The vote was 230-197, with 11 mostly conservative Republicans voting against the CR: Reps. Justin Amash (Mich.), Andy Biggs (Ariz.), Carlos Curbelo (Fla.), Matt Gaetz (Fla.), Paul Gosar (Ariz.), Trey Hollingsworth (Ind.), Walter Jones (N.C.), Thomas Massie (Ky.) Alex Mooney (W.V.), Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (Fla.), Rob Wittman (Va.)

Six Democrats voted for the stop-gap funding measure: Reps. Salud Carbajal (Calif.), Jim Costa (Calif.), Henry Cuellar (Texas), Vicente Gonzalez (Texas), Josh Gottheimer (N.J.), Collin Peterson (Minn.).

The challenge comes today in the Senate where 60 votes are needed, but Democrats are uncooperative, holding out for a DACA deal, among other complaints.

"Now it's up to the Senate," House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) said in a statement following House passage of the CR. "Now will Senator Schumer and the Senate Democrats do the right thing by the American people, or will they force a government shutdown?"

Speaking in Pennsylvania Thursday, President Trump said the tax cuts have "not been working well for the Democrats," so Democrats are trying to change the subject.

"I really think the Democrats want a shutdown to get off the tax cuts," Trump said. "Nobody thought, including the Democrats, it could work this well. They've been so good that I think Democrats would like to see a shutdown in order to get off that subject. That is not a good subject for them, the tax cuts, because of the way they've worked."

In a Thursday night tweet, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said, "Just so #Senate Democrats know, #DACA does not begin to face a deadline until March, at the earliest. The deadline to fund the government and the Children’s Health Insurance Program is TOMORROW."

He attached a chart to the tweet, showing that CHIP, the Children's Health Insurance Program, has 8,900,000 enrollees, whereas DACA (the illegal aliens given temporary legal status by President Obama) has only 690,000 enrollees.

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) insisted that Democrats do not want a government shutdown. He urged the Senate to pass a "clean extension of funding" for just a few days "so that we can finally come to a resolution" on the many other issues before the chamber, including a DACA deal.

McConnell noted that discussions on DACA and other issues have been going on for months, and he said Democrats are willing to shut down the government over an issue for which there is no urgency, since the program doesn't expire until March.

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