Will Trump Shutdown the Government With Wall Boondoggle
Spoiler alert: Mexico is not going to pay for it. Score one for those who say you must ‘take Trump seriously but not literally.’
When he said Mexico was going to pay for it what he meant is he would cut benefits for the poor so we can pay for it. So that wasn’t literal.
In my last post, I looked at the fact that the GOP will only be able to raise the debt ceiling and fund the government if they are willing to pass it on a bipartisan basis.
Trump for his part wants to add funding the wall Mexico won’t pay for to the debt ceiling budget deal. That will sink it.
“Trump wants to add wall spending to stopgap budget bill, potentially forcing shutdown showdown.”
“President Trump wants Congress to add defense funding and money for a new wall along the Mexican border in a near-term spending bill intended to keep the government open past April 28, but Capitol Hill Republicans signaled they will reject the idea to avoid a shutdown as well as the deep cuts that the new spending would require.”
“Trump’s request, outlined in conversations with White House officials and in a memo from budget director Mick Mulvaney, calls for $33 billion in new defense and border spending — and $18 billion in cuts to other priorities, such as medical research and jobs programs.”
But it appeared that few on the Hill shared the White House’s appetite to flirt with a government shutdown over the border wall, which Democrats have pledged to oppose and which even some conservative Republicans object to on fiscal grounds.
“Several senior Republicans said Tuesday that Trump’s wall request is not likely to be included in the stopgap budget plan, which would merely authorize current spending levels to continue past April 28 — but instead will be considered during separate negotiations later this year to add new spending to the current budget.”
“Congress will decide what they want and what they don’t want,” said Sen. Richard C. Shelby (R-Ala.), one of a half-dozen Republicans engaged in spending negotiations to reject the request. “I don’t think we need a shutdown argument, period. I don’t know any rational person who wants a shutdown.”
That begs the question-is Trump a rational person? Certainly after the bruising he took on Tryancare he should want know part of shutting down the government. Assuming he’s a rational person. Which is quite a leap for which there’s scant evidence.
“Voter perceptions of President Donald Trump’s job performance have eroded following the failure of a long-promised health care bill through Congress, according to a new POLITICO/Morning Consult poll.”
“Trump’s approval rating dropped to 46 percent in this week’s survey, the poll shows, down from 50 percent a week prior. For the first time in POLITICO/Morning Consult’s polling since Trump’s inauguration, more voters now disapprove of his job performance — 50 percent in this week’s poll — than approve.”
“While disapproval of Trump only narrowly exceeds his approval rating, the intensity gap between opponents and supporters of Trump is far wider. Overall, 38 percent of voters strongly disapprove of Trump, compared to only 23 percent who strongly approve.”
“Other polls have been consistently even more negative for Trump, who hasn’t benefited from the same honeymoon from Americans that other recent presidents have enjoyed. A sustained slide in Trump’s poll numbers after pulling the health care bill, however, could threaten Trump’s other legislative priorities, including his plans to overhaul the U.S. tax system.”
“The decline in Trump’s approval rating was sharper among Republicans and independents than among Democrats. In the latest survey, 81 percent of Republicans and 39 percent of independents approve of the job Trump is doing. A week prior, 85 percent of GOP voters and 44 percent approved. And among those who self-identified as Trump voters last year, the president’s approval rating shrunk from 90 percent last week to 84 percent this week.”
“Voters aren’t very assured that Trump will be able to get things done in the White House, the poll shows. Only 26 percent say they are “very confident” in his ability to serve as president, with another 21 percent saying they are “somewhat confident.” But 13 percent are “not too confident,” and 36 percent aren’t “at all” confident.”
As they noted, the Morning Consulting poll has tended to put Trump’s support at the high end. In the FiveThirtyEight average, Trump is now almost -11.
So Trump has an approval rating in the low 30s w/ independents & below 10% with Dems. But Dems should work w/ him? How does that make sense?
— (((Harry Enten))) (@ForecasterEnten) March 29, 2017
It doesn’t. Then you add what we noted in an earlier post this morning.
Basically, Democrats are finding that opposition to Trump is like rocket fuel to donations. For example:
“Jon Ossoff, the Democratic candidate for an open House seat in Georgia, raised nearly $2.1 million online last month for his April special election. That’s more than Tom Price, the Republican who held the seat until his appointment as HHS Secretary, spent over the course of his entire 2016 campaign.”
So all the incentives for Democrats is to oppose Trump early and often.
P.S. As we saw in my poll out last week, the long awaited poll results are in, and right now I’m just 11 points down vs. Peter King (GOP-NY-District 2). And the voters don’t even know who I am yet.
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