His party leader Donald Trump, the President, has advised Americans to ‘Enjoy the Ride’….
Most don’t feel anything….
But a growing number of federal employee’s and others ARE beginning to grumble as federal agencies without money begin to grind to a halt, and their employee’s are about have pay-less paydays…
McConnell now has first defection’s from his Senate Republicans ….
There are going to be more….
The Democrat’s didn’t put McConnell in this position….
Donald Trump has…
McConnell IS gonna have to work some political magic…
I doubt the Democrats are gonna change their stance on this…
The political world changed for them yesterday with Nancy Pelosi becoming the Speaker of the Democratic majority House now…
As the New York Times notes, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has a handful of potentially vulnerable GOP senators who are up for re-election next year — Sens. Cory Gardner, R-Colo., Susan Collins, R-Maine, Martha McSally, R-Ariz., Thom Tillis, R-N.C., David Perdue, R-Ga., and Joni Ernst, R-Iowa. (McConnell himself is up for re-election in 2020.)
That’s a sharp departure from the 2018 cycle, when Democrats were the ones with the vulnerable senators. (In 2020, there is just one Democrat up for re-election in a state Trump won — Sen. Doug Jones, D-Ala.)
Two of these Republicans are already breaking ranks. “We should pass the bipartisan appropriations bills that includes money for border security while we continue to fight for more border security money. Congress needs to take further action on border security but that work should be done when the government is fully open,” Gardner said in a statement, per NBC’s Frank Thorp.
And as Collins told Politico, “My goal is to get government reopened as fast as possible. And six of those bills, we’ve got agreements on and so I’d like to see those signed into law,”
McConnell has insisted that the GOP-controlled Senate will only take up legislation that’s bipartisan, bicameral and can get signed by President Trump. “The legislation that House Democrats reportedly plan to vote on later today is, in my view, not a serious attempt to check all three of those boxes,” he said yesterday, NBC’s Rebecca Shabad writes.
But that stance is undercut by the fact that the GOP-led Senate ALREADY passed a short-term spending without funding for Trump’s wall — of course, that was before conservatives slammed the president for not getting his wall….