Man, this show is even worse in reruns.
Anyway, we’re heading into another shutdown, there’s no deal for the Dreamers, and Comrade Stupid demands his wall. To make it even more of a cliff hanger, season finale-style, there is a big snow storm and maybe those people who commute to the capital will be snow-day’ed at home! Stay tuned!
Tiger Beat on the Potomac (thanks Charlie!) morning email thingie:
“ALERT … SPENDING BILL DELAY? The $1-trillion plus spending bill, which keeps government open from Friday through the end of September, was supposed to come out late last night in advance of a Wednesday House vote. It was not out as of publication of Playbook. That could be problematic. Why? It needs to get through the House and Senate by Friday in order to avoid a government shutdown. The leadership is able to wave the three-day rule to allow expedited consideration. But there’s still some concern about a Wednesday vote. The vast, vast majority of lawmakers haven’t seen any of the text yet.
“HOUSE REPUBLICANS meet at 9 a.m. They met last night at 5:45 — Chick-fil-A was served, for those interested.
“THINK OF THIS: Could a snowstorm that hits the D.C. area push the government close to a shutdown? Hill insiders are slightly concerned about it. Why? So many aides come in from the suburbs that if the region gets between three and six inches, a snow day is completely plausible. Of course, Congress could pass a short-term spending bill to push the funding deadline to sometime next week, but at this point, they don’t seem interested in doing that.
“IF THEY DON’T, a federal government shutdown over a weekend is a lot less damaging than a long-term shutdown over several weekdays. But, Congress still has a few days to figure this all out.
“THE FINAL HAGGLING, per Sarah Ferris, Burgess Everett and Rachael Bade: “Trump administration and Hill GOP sources say the new spending package is unlikely to include legislation shoring up Obamacare’s insurance markets. One White House official called it a ‘heavy lift’ — even as President Donald Trump made a last-minute push Monday to include the provision in the legislation. …”
And then Hair Führer jumps into the dog pile:
The Democrats do not want to help DACA. Would be so easy to make a deal!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 20, 2018
The Democrats offered $25 billion for Trump’s border wall in exchange for giving the 1.8 million dreamers a path to citizenship, but no deal from the guy who destroyed DACA, never forget that.
So here we are again. This will be worth reminding people of during the 2018 Pie Fight: this will be the THIRD shutdown this year.