On Thursday House Democrats announced that they would shut down the government by voting no on the short-term spending bill if Republicans vote on the repeal of Obamacare. Representative Steny Hoyer of Maryland threatened House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy on Thursday. The Hill reports:
The threat is significant because GOP leaders will likely need Democratic votes to pass a short-term spending bill in the face of opposition from conservatives historically opposed to government funding bills.
“If Republicans announce their intention to bring their harmful TrumpCare bill to the House Floor tomorrow or Saturday, I will oppose a one-week Continuing Resolution and will advise House Democrats to oppose it as well,” Hoyer said in an email.
“Republicans continue to struggle to find the votes to pass a bill that will kick 24 million Americans off their health coverage, allow discrimination against those with pre-existing conditions, and impose an age tax on older Americans. That’s why they are trying to jam it through the House before their Members can hear from the American people this weekend about their opposition to this horrible legislation.”
The Democrats’ move comes as bipartisan negotiators in both chambers are getting closer to an agreement on an omnibus spending bill to prevent a government shutdown. If Congress doesn’t act before midnight Saturday, much of the federal government would shut down.
Republicans are eying a short-term spending bill, known as a continuing resolution or CR, to buy time for the negotiators to iron out the remaining sticking points –– a temporary extension that was expected to pass easily with bipartisan support.
Hoyer and the Democrats, by threatening to withhold support for the CR, are trying to nip that effort in the bud.
“If Republicans pursue this partisan path of forcing Americans to pay more for less and destabilizing our county’s health care system – without even knowing how much their bill will cost – Republicans should be prepared to pass a one-week Continuing Resolution on their own,” Hoyer said.
One must give credit where credit is due the Democrats have used Republicans to slow down their own agenda and are now threatening a shutdown to oppose everything Republicans put forth. Knowing that Republicans don’t want the press of a shutdown they fold. Sensing the blood in the water Democrats have seized the opportunity halting the Republican agenda. Paul Ryan and the Republican leadership should have seen this coming, and now they look like fools. They could have quickly started a campaign blaming Democrats for slowing down the government even with the press against them they would have been effective.
If you’re a Democrat, you should be happy but, if you’re a Republican, you are probably furious.