Flake says shutting down government to get border wall a bad idea

President Trump gives a thumbs up to a crowd of supporters at the Phoenix Convention Center during a rally on Tuesday in Phoenix

President Trump gives a thumbs up to a crowd of supporters at the Phoenix Convention Center during a rally on Tuesday in Phoenix

While the Founding Fathers set up the system of co-equal branches of government, Harkins wonders whether Trump's business background could be clouding his judgment about just how powerful a legislator Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell is when it comes to marshalling senators to back his policies. They... didn't do it so now we have a big deal with Dems holding them up (as usual) on Debt Ceiling approval. In that period of time, it must approve a budget or continuing resolution, raise the debt ceiling, approve continuation of the Children's Health Insurance Program, which will otherwise expire, and begin action on Trump's proposed tax cuts for the wealthy and corporations.

Congressional leaders frequently use the tactic of attaching must-pass legislation to a popular vehicle, but there has been no indication that the veterans bill is anywhere near strong enough to move Republicans to vote for a debt ceiling increase they despise. If so, then Trump decided that the best way to mend fences with the congressional GOP would be to publicly scold "Mitch M." and "Paul R." for refusing to follow his sage legislative advice, and, thus, creating the debt ceiling "mess".

President Donald Trump may be gearing up for a shutdown fight to get Congress to pay for his border wall, but a leading House conservative said he's fine with delaying that battle until December.

In a tweet, Fabrizio shared answers from a new national survey of Republican voters, one of them asking whether they would support the President for renomination.

The Bipartisan Policy Center, a Washington research group, said Thursday that the US would begin missing payments in early to mid-October.

A spokesman for McConnell noted the Senate majority leader had said earlier this week, in an appearance with Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, that the debt ceiling would be raised. But Trump attacked them both by name Thursday morning over how they plan to pass the debt ceiling, another funding hurdle the government faces in the next several weeks.

"With so much at risk for hard-working families, Republicans need to stop the chaos and sort themselves out in a hurry", she said in a statement.

Matters are further complicated by Trump's arguments with McConnell. Rightfully so. The president promptly torched McConnell again on Twitter.

Trump can not afford to lose any of the 52 Republican votes in the Senate on future legislation, as happened with health care. That emboldened the right flank of congressional Republicans, who don't want to raise the ceiling without also cutting federal spending in the process. McConnell said in a statement he is working with Trump to prevent a government default.

Delaying the border wall fight could simplify Congress's job of raising the debt ceiling.

But what would it take for Trump to actually force a government shutdown?

"If I was advising Donald Trump, I would say that a Democratic takeover is probably the worst single thing that could happen to your presidency in the next year", Andrew says. "One way or the other, we're going to get that wall".

Lawmakers in the last few years have used the threat of a government shutdown as a tricky negotiating tool.

"I don't think a government shutdown is necessary, and I don't think most people want to see a government shutdown, ourselves included", Ryan said on Wednesday in Oregon.

'Does he think that Democratic senators will be more cooperative than [Sens.] John McCain and Jeff Flake and Susan Collins? With a Republican House, Senate and Administration, Republicans have absolutely no excuses for threatening America's families with a destructive and pointless government shutdown.

Flake's new book, "Conscience of a Conservative: A Rejection of Destructive Politics and a Return to Principle", was sure to set off Trump.

Flake also said a solid 2,000-mile border wall "doesn't make sense in some areas" and shouldn't be pursued "to just fulfill a campaign promise".

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