FoxNews.com reports that
Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle reacted Friday to President Trump’s announcement that he would support a short-term bill to re-open the government following a months-long partial government shutdown and stalemate between Republicans and Democrats on funding for a wall at the border.
“I am very proud to announce we have reached a deal to end the shutdown and reopen the federal government,” Trump said in the Rose Garden on Friday.
The Senate later passed legislation to keep the government running until Feb. 15. However, the deal appeared to include no money for a wall or steel barrier, but Trump said he hoped negotiations would continue in order to reach an agreement on wall funding.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., issued a statement saying he “was glad” that both sides were able to make a deal that would also +allow them to “negotiate a funding bill for the Department of Homeland Security.”
“I’m glad the closed portions of the federal government will re-open and get back online,” the statement said. “I’m glad that the dedicated men and women of the Coast Guard, law enforcement, the TSA, and all the other federal employees will not have to go longer without pay for their work, and will receive their back pay. I know the pain that this episode has caused to many Kentuckians and to people around the country. They deserve this resolution.”
He then pointed his comments toward Democrats, saying he hoped they would “stay true to the commitment they have stated constantly over the past weeks – that once government was re-opened, they would be perfectly willing to negotiate in good faith on full-year government funding that would include a significant investment in urgently needed border security measures, including physical barriers.”
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., in a tweet about Trump’s announcement, described it as being “great news” for federal employees furloughed during the partial shutdown.
“The longest shutdown in American history will finally end,” Schumer tweeted. “The president has agreed to our request to open the government then debate border security. This is great news for 800,000 federal workers & millions of Americans who depend on government services.”
Schumer and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi also held a joint news conference following the president’s announcement, where the minority leader reiterated that the deal was “great news” for the affected federal employees. But he also took aim at Trump, saying he hoped “the president has learned his lesson.”
“The American people do not like it when you throw a wrench into the lives of government workers over an unrelated political dispute,” Schumer said. “Working people throughout America empathized with federal workers and were aghast at what the president was doing to them. Hopefully now the president has learned his lesson.”
Pelosi, D-Calif., said they were “pleased” that a deal to reopen the government had been reached. While discussing the hardships furloughed workers faced during the partial shutdown, Pelosi commended them for their “courage” and “determination.”
“It’s really hard for some in the administration to understand how people live paycheck to paycheck and how marginal some of their existences are,” she added.
Rep. Mark Meadows, R-N.C., in a statement said the president’s announcement has allowed Democrats a chance to negotiate border security. However, if talks prove to be unsuccessful, “executive action is still very much under consideration.”
During Trump’s remarks, he made reference to his earlier comments about declaring a national emergency, but said he didn’t want to use the “very powerful weapon.” He has sought $5.7 billion in money toward a wall or steel barrier at the U.S.-Mexico border
“The president is sticking by his commitment to keep our communities safe and has assured me that nothing will deter him from accomplishing that goal,” Meadows said in the statement. “His resolve remains steadfast. Democrats now have yet another opportunity to come to the table and negotiate, where all Americans will be able to judge for themselves whether they’re truly serious about securing our border.”
If Senator Chuck “U.” Schumer and House Speaker San Fran Nan Pelosi think that they have somehow beat President Trump into submission, they haven’t learned a darn thing since the night of November 8, 2016.
What President Trump is doing is further exposing the self-serving hypocrisy of the Far Left Democratic Party while making sure that 800,000 government employees can pay their bills and take care of their families.
Pelosi, Schumer, and Company don’t give a rat’s rear about those government employees or average Americans.
They have proved that over and over.
If Pelosi actually cared, she would not have closed the House of Representatives on Thursday for a 3-day weekend.
Heck, if all the Democrats on Capitol Hill actually cared about AMERICANS, the Border Wall would have been built in the 1980s when they promised President Reagan that they were going to do it in exchange for the granting of amnesty to all the illegal aliens in the country at that time.
Regardless of what Ann Coulter, the “Conservative” Pundit who used to sleep with Bill Maher said yesterday, Trump has not caved nor has he sold out.
As Rep. Mark Meadows said in his statement, “executive action is still very much under consideration”.
I am quite certain that President Trump does not trust Pelosi, Schumer, and Company any farther than Pelosi can spit her dentures.
Trump did not become a billionaire and the President of the United States of America by being stupid.
And, the Democratic Party, the Main Stream Media, George Soros, the New Bolsheviks , and the NeverTrumpers have been underestimating him since he announced his candidacy for the presidency.
If you are a Trump supporter, as I am, now is not the time to hang your head, put on your bib overalls, grab a jug of moonshine, and lay around with Grandpa, Cousin Roy, and Junior singing “Gloom, Despair, and Agony on me”.
Rather, it is time to pop popcorn, grab the cold beverage of your choice, and watch the Democrats make complete and total jackasses out of themselves, while revealing their disdain for America and her citizens as they break their promise to negotiate in good faith during the next 3 weeks.
And then, we will all watch with button-popping pride as the Southern Border Wall is finally built…one way or another.
Until He Comes,