Thursday, January 25, 2018

Democrats Lose Big Time As Shutdown Ends

The following article appeared in Frontpage Magazine on January 23rd

They tried to shoehorn a big immigration amnesty into stopgap funding and paid a heavy price.

Democrats’ politically risky scheme to hold U.S. government operations hostage to their demand that young illegal aliens be granted amnesty failed spectacularly yesterday as lawmakers voted to re-open the briefly shuttered government.

Just 69 hours into the shutdown – most of the time passed over the weekend when few Americans even noticed the government was closed – Democrats and other open-borders lawmakers staged a tactical retreat, handing President Trump and anti-amnesty conservatives a clear victory. Democrats no doubt were aware of a Harvard-Harris poll that found 58 percent of voters opposed to the Democrat-led shutdown.
Chuckie got burned
Democrats got essentially nothing in exchange for voting to re-open the government, which made the Republican triumph even sweeter. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) made an unenforceable promise to Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) to bring an immigration bill to the floor – he said merely that it was his intention to do so – if a compromise cannot be made regarding the illegals before government funding runs out again.

“I doubted it was possible, but Dems have actually lost a shutdown fight,” tweeted Fox News commentator Brit Hume. “Schumer has agreed to end the filibuster in exchange for practically nothing. Make no mistake: Schumer & Dems caved. What a political fiasco.”

Republicans are almost never deemed “winners” of shutdown-based confrontations, but major left-wing activist groups almost universally acknowledged this time the GOP outmaneuvered Schumer who still managed to brag he was “confident” he could get 60 votes in the Senate for an amnesty bill.

Charles Chamberlain, executive director of the left-wing group Democracy for America, mocked Democrats for backing down from a fight.

"Today’s cave by some Senate Democrats was not only a stunning display of moral and political cowardice, it was a strategically incoherent move that demonstrates precisely why so many believe the Democratic Party doesn’t stand for anything," he said. "If you want to know why we lost in 2016 and why a Democratic wave in 2018 is far from guaranteed, despite the deep level of disgust for Donald Trump, look no further than this weak and profoundly disappointing cave from Senate Democrats."

It was Democrats’ single-minded obsession with securing amnesty for around 700,000 individuals who sought relief under the constitutionally suspect Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program that led to the shutdown of the federal government at 12:01 a.m. Saturday for the first time in the Trump era. Trump said in September he planned to end DACA and gave Congress six months to find a legislative fix.

“I am pleased that Democrats in Congress have come to their senses and are now willing to fund our great military, border patrol, first responders, and insurance for vulnerable children,” President Trump said Monday afternoon in a press release. 

“As I have always said, once the Government is funded, my Administration will work toward solving the problem of very unfair illegal immigration. We will make a long-term deal on immigration if, and only if, it is good for our country.”

At 6:10 last night, the House of Representatives voted 266 to 150 to give final congressional approval to H.R. 195, which provides stopgap funding for the federal Leviathan through Feb. 8, and clears the way for furloughed federal employees to return to work today. On the Democrat side, 144 voted against the bill, while only 45 voted in favor of it. President Trump signed the bill into law hours later. Before H.R. 195, there had already been three stopgap spending bills this federal fiscal year that began Oct. 1.

In the afternoon, the Senate voted 81 to 18 to approve the temporary spending measure that previously contained language funding the government through Feb. 16. Before that, at lunchtime the Senate voted by an identical margin to end the Democrats’ filibuster and clear the way for the spending vote.

(Article continues HERE)

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