Remember: Republicans in Congress Could End the Shutdown Without Trump

Donald Trump may be taking most of the heat for causing a pointless yet destructive government shutdown, but you’d be mistaken if you assign him all of the blame. While it’s true his wall tantrum is the root cause of the situation, the Republicans in Congress could get the government operational again pretty darn easily.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell insists that the “Senate will not waste its time” on any legislation to re-open the government that he knows the president will not sign. At first glance, it does seem pointless to move forward on a bill that Trump will veto… that is until you remember that Congress has the power to override a presidential veto!

It’s honestly not that farfetched, or at least it shouldn’t be. Let’s travel back a few weeks to when the Senate and House unanimously agreed on and passed legislation to keep the government open and funded before going on recess. Only afterwards did Trump suddenly decide that money for his wall was a non-negotiable issue.

In order to override a veto, both chambers of Congress would need to pass the bill with two-thirds support. Ordinarily, that can be a tough threshold to hit, but considering it passed with 100 percent support so recently, it really shouldn’t be a problem.

At that point, Republicans lawmakers controlled each chamber, so they obviously were content with the legislation without the wall allocation before. Democrats have expressed that they’re totally fine with passing the same legislation that received unanimous consent before, so there shouldn’t be a problem. It made sense to not tie debate over the wall/border security to a government shutdown then, and it still makes sense now.

Alas, Republicans are yet again showing how they’re either afraid or just plain unwilling to stand up against Trump’s worst impulses and bad leadership. Congress exists as a check against the executive branch, but Republican lawmakers have ceded that power to a man they don’t even respect.

In the two years the GOP had the majority in Congress, the party neither had the votes nor the interest to pass wall funding. To suddenly act like the Democrats are being obstructionist over an idea they were never wild about themselves, it really begs the question: why are they enabling this shutdown?

With Trump threatening to veto any bill that would resurrect the government without earmarks for his wall, Republicans have to start being the grownups in the room and say, “This fight is not worthy of bringing the government to a stop.” Along with the Democratic contingency, there’s got to be enough Republican lawmakers that can give the previous, reasonable bill a veto-proof majority and put the government back to work.

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152 comments

Olivia M
Past Member 1 months ago

thanks for posting

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Annabel Bedini
Annabel Bedini2 months ago

Susanne R
The Guardian is, to my mind, the U.K.'s most respect-worthy newspaper (I would expect John W to disagree with me on this but who knows). I read it by preference, when I can. I think it's a pity that the title of the article implies that the Poles are NOT hardworking though the article itself undoes that impression.

I think the Poles who went to the U.K. looking for work must have been the ones who were NOT lazy, whatever John W.'s contact says. It takes courage and energy to decide to move to another country looking for better work. I agree with you that working conditions under Communism sapped personal initiative one way and another. So maybe the lazy ones are the stay-at-homes who didn't grasp the new opportunites arising from accession to the free European labour market. I don't think our perceptions are that different!

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Susanne R
Susanne R2 months ago

Annabel B. - I thought it was ironic, considering that the Guardian is a British publication.

You are a very logical person. I always admire that in your comments. Although I most often agree with you, that's not how I interpreted the article. I don't think the remarks pertaining to the Poles while under Communist rule are pertinent to the accusation that "Poles are lazy." I think their poor work ethic while under communist rule was a form of protest and maybe even resulted from despair on their part, and I think it made them feel ashamed because they take pride in their work. I wouldn't put too much stock in the sentence: "Some say that attitude prevails today." The person you've been debating with on this topic represents the "some" who say that attitude prevails today. The article, which originated in his country, is titled: "Debunking stereotypes: Poles are hardworking." Just my thoughts and further proof on how perceptions vary.

Have a blessed day!

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Annabel Bedini
Annabel Bedini2 months ago

John W
In which case either both of us or neither of us can be accused of racism! (Actually, does first-hand experience count as anecdotal? I would have said not.)

Susanne R
How clever of you to find that! And funny that it backs up both my claim and John's.

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Susanne R
Susanne R2 months ago

Annabel B. - I'm attaching an article from "the Guardian" (a British daily newspaper) titled " Debunking stereotypes: Poles are hardworking" that you might find interesting. Here's an excerpt:

"Ever since hundreds of thousands of Poles abandoned the motherland following EU accession in 2004, the Polish diaspora has forged a reputation in the UK for being hardworking and reliable. This was largely because your average Polish plumber or builder took the revolutionary approach of turning up when he said he would, and doing whatever the work agreed within the allotted timeframe - rather than knocking a hole in the lounge wall, then disappearing for weeks to take up a more enticing offer.
But at home, Poles do not consider themselves hardworking. Some even suggest that communism has created a nation of lazy bones.
When the Soviets were in charge, there was (officially, at least) no unemployment, with everybody working for the state. With little possibility of being sacked or promoted - and with many of the goods manufactured heading east to the hated Russians - there was virtually no incentive to work hard. Some say that attitude prevails today."

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2011/apr/08/europe-news-poland

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John W
John W2 months ago

Annabel,
No, I meant that going by personal stories is merely anecdotal evidence. You claim they are hardworking based on anecdotal evidence, so I can reply using anecdotal evidence to the contrary.

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Annabel Bedini
Annabel Bedini2 months ago

John W
So when I say Eastern Europeans work hard it's racism, when you've 'heard' that Poles are slapdash and lazy, and in your experience they are intoxicated smokers it's fair criticism? Talk about the pot calling the kettle black!

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John W
John W2 months ago

Annabel,

Imagine if I was to post in this thread that Mexicans were lazy and unreliable and that Canadians were hard workings and reliable?

The screams of racism would be deafening!

A widow friend of mine told me her husband was always complaining of how slapdash and lazy Polish people are, and I've heard that from others. In my experience Eastern Europeans are often intoxicated when showing up to work and want constant smoking breaks!

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Richard B
Past Member 2 months ago

Thank you

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Annabel Bedini
Annabel Bedini2 months ago

Susanne R
Thanks for the welcome back! I have actually been busy on other threads that you haven't been reading so I hadn't disappeared. And yes thanks, we had a happy supper!

John W
Sorry about sounding racist! But honestly, you ask around and you'll find what I said is sadly true. My husband is an architect and found time and time again that the workers he could count on to do a reliably good job, come when they said they were going to come, do a full day's job, not expect constant coffee-breaks and spend hours on their mobile phones and so on were not home-grown Brit.s. Of course this is a generalisation but there's enough truth in it to warrant my remarks, whether you like it or not.

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