One of Donald Trump’s campaign promises in his 2016 race for the White House was to build a border wall and secure the border. From many polls I saw at the time and many people I heard from, that was one of the main reasons Trump was elected.
He knew that Democrats would do whatever they could to prevent him from building a wall along the nearly 2,000-mile border with Mexico, but at the same time, he believed that he would have the support of the Republican controlled House and Senate. He never dreamed that one of his greatest hurdles to keeping his campaign promises would come from within his own political party and not from the Democrats.
On December 20, 2018, the House voted 217 to 185 to pass a federal spending bill that included $5.7 billion for Trump’s border wall. The bill moved to the Senate, where Trump expected Senate Republicans to also pass the bill, but they didn’t.
Due to the failure of Senate Republicans, the federal government began a partial shutdown at midnight on December 22, 2018. In addition to closing down many national parks, buildings and historic sites, the shutdown meant that around 800,000 federal employees were either furloughed or forced to work with the promise of getting paid once the government re-opened.
Naturally, the mainstream media and Democrats are blaming President Donald Trump for the shutdown and the hardship impacting so many federal employees.
Naturally, Republicans are blaming Democrats for being unwilling to compromise with Trump and unwilling to protect the border and the American people.
In a way, both sides are right and both sides bear part of the blame, but there is ONE person that is really responsible for the government shutdown and it’s not Trump, it’s not Schumer and it’s not Pelosi.
The person who bears most of the blame for the shutdown is Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY)!
McConnell is Senate Majority Leader and therefore responsible for what happens in the Senate and how Republicans vote and in the matter of getting the House spending bill passed, McConnell failed miserably, but this isn’t his only failure.
If you recall, the House passed a measure to repeal and replace Obamacare. However, in the Senate, McConnell failed THREE times to get a repeal and/or replacement for Obamacare, passed. In some ways, he’s worse than Schumer and Pelosi.
What kind of leader is he? I live in Kentucky and voted for McConnell, but seeing the way he has repeatedly failed to support President Trump, his constituents and the American people, I will never vote for him again. Yes, that means if he runs for re-election, I will probably vote for his Democrat opponent, unless that opponent is proven to be worse than McConnell.
I strongly urge Senate Republicans to replace McConnell with someone who will lead them to victory and support President Trump and Republican Party.
House passed spending bill, which included $5.7 billion for the border wall, but the bill failed to pass in the Senate, leading to the government shutdown.
As Senate Majority Leader, it is Mitch McConnel’s job and duty to see that these bills are passed, but he failed AGAIN, just like he did several times on healthcare.
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