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The DC: 💵 Trump threatens shutting down the government over the border wall, and... How can we improve the Daily Countable?

by Countable | 12.12.18

Welcome to Wednesday, electorate...

Trump, Pelosi, and Schumer offered a sneak peek of your holiday dinner as they got into a shouting match over the president's "big beautiful wall."

Trump has demanded $5 billion for the border wall, but Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) has drawn a red line on providing no more than $1.3 billion—to be used for "border security," not a wall.

With a budget agreement looming, Trump told Schumer and and Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-NY) that he's "proud to shut down the government for border security."

Do you support shutting down the government unless Trump gets funding for his border wall?

What about Trump's threat to have the military build the wall if Pelosi and Schumer won't budge? Should the military build the border wall?

On the Radar

  • The Trump administration is planning a major rollback to clean water rules that were designed to provide pollution safeguards for tens of thousands of miles of streams and millions of acres of wetlands. The proposal would remove federal protection on bodies of water like creeks and streams that are only wet after it rains. Federal officials don't have data on the number of waterways the rollback would impact. Trump had promised farmers he'd institute the rollback to relieve regulatory burdens. Do you support this proposal?

Under the Radar

  • Customs and Border Protection paid $13.6 million to an outside contractor this year to hire thousands of additional Border Patrol agents, but only two agents have been hired so far. The Office of the Inspector General said the company, Accenture, is “nowhere near satisfying its 7,500-person hiring goal over the next 5 years,” as the firm had laid out in its $297 million contract. CBP officials disagreed with the inspector general's conclusion, arguing that Accenture may have recruited only two staffers, but they also set up a new hiring process that helped move “thousands” of applicants into the pipeline for consideration. Does the U.S. need to hire additional Border Patrol agents?

Your Gov at a Glance 👀

The White House: President Trump in D.C.

  • TBA

The House of Representatives: In

The Senate: In

  • Voting on a bill to undo the Trump administration regulation that prohibits the IRS from requiring non-profits to disclose their donors.

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  • hippiedevil
    12/12/2018
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    That’s a lot of money that could be used to help curb climate change. It’s time to stop wasting our funds on racist-fueled ventures such as this and start focusing on what’s important — the future of the planet.

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  • Anita
    12/12/2018
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    Mississippians do NOT want a 5 billion dollar wall! We want roads, bridges, street lights, water, sewer, & WiFi to our hundreds of small towns. Craft paths to citizenship because the immigrants are already paying taxes & contributing to our daily lifves. Please don’t be our of touch with the vast majority of your non-country-club constituents. Thank you for reading this.

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  • DrCindyBean
    12/12/2018
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    No shutdown. No wall. This is ridiculous. trump’s a corrupt criminal traitor and money laundering mobster. The wall is a money laundering scheme. No wall. No shutdown.

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  • John
    12/12/2018
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    Wall,wall, wall! All we hear from that creep is “build a wall”! We don’t need a wall! What we need is an adult in the big chair. Why threaten to close the country just because you don’t get your way? He’s been refused numerous times in the past but still harps on his wall. When is he going to learn? Congress should wise up and start proceedings to override him each time they submit a bill that does not have his wall in it as they submit it for his approval. This is crazy. Stop the wall permanently! It’s a waste of money. They will tunnel under it or fly over it or lan on beaches at night where there is no wall. The people from Mexico and central/South America are not stupid.

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  • Robert
    12/12/2018
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    As Nancy Pelosi says, “It’s a male thing.” We don’t need a wall or fence. WE NEED MORE EFFECTIVE RELATIONS W/ our southern neighbors. Help them = help our economy too.

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  • TrulyTexan
    12/12/2018
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    Donny dotard never fails to bring the stupid. He is the worst businessman ever and only knows how to “deal” by throwing lawyers at people until they are forced to give in. No matter how disrespectful and condescending he tries to be to his betters, he cannot bully these people. Give it up Donny, you are a loser. Always have been, always will be.

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  • Barbara
    12/12/2018
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    Please do not vote to build this wall. Funding should be directed to orderly processing of refugees come into this country seeking asylum. Stop criminalizing immigration. If there must be compromise perhaps the finding could come from the ICE budget.

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  • John
    12/12/2018
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    Are we really going to shutdown the government over funding a ‘border wall’? I am a strong proponent of border security, but having a wall is not the best way and definitely not the most cost effective. Failure of our government to run should not be an option.

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  • Beverly
    12/12/2018
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    Trump is out of control. Thoughtless. Won’t negotiate and jeopardize tax payers. Vote “No” for the Wall that during campaign he said Mexico will Pay! So prove it. Do it!

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  • Adam woody
    12/12/2018
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    Shut it down!!! BUILD THAT WALL!! Climate Change is a scam to brainwash and steal $$$ PRESIDENT TRUMP you are a GREAT PREZ!!!

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  • David
    12/12/2018
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    Build the wall and if you don’t, President Trump can shut the government down. No problem. Government is too big and most of it unnecessary or an over reach. Trump is doing a good job! Work with him not against him.

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  • Matt
    12/12/2018
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    I enjoy the countable app as a whole, but would like to see votes for bills or support/opposition for issues to be seen by my congressmen/women as well instead of just comments.

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  • Pete
    12/12/2018
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    Many people will say that the President will be to blame if the Govt shut down. He even said he would take the blame. But honestly it’s on Chuck Schumer’s shoulders if it shuts down. Everyone knows how far the President is willing to go to get a border wall. It’s what his voters want. If you don’t want our borders protected and are ok will anyone just coming in ILLEGALLY then feel free to keep your doors unlocked in your home. Maybe even take in a few illegals.

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  • Mark
    12/13/2018
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    To my Republican representatives, you have one job. Fund that wall. Should have done it two years ago. Listen to the voters and not the Business Roundtable. Listen to your constituents and not the US Chamber of Commerce globalists. Fund that wall. Shut down the government if necessary to secure the funding. You know it’s the right thing to do. Dig down deep and find the courage to make it so.

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  • Susan
    12/12/2018
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    The Dems want open borders & to tax Americans for their phony Paris Climate Change Accord. This governments #1 job is to protect this nations sovereignty & the American people. Paris is a fine example of what this climate tax does to working families. Venezuela is a fine example of what socialist programs do to s country. WE NEED A BORDER WALL!! The men & women working down their say its needed. They have their lives at risk everyday dealing with violent border jumpers. If Congress can give that sorry example of a president Obama $150 BILLION $$$ to our enemies that shout “Death to America” they can give our President the measly $5 Billion needed to secure our lives & keep us safe. BUILD THE WALL OR SHUT DOWN THIS BLOATED GOVERNMENT!!!

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  • David
    12/12/2018
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    No wall, no boarder security, then “shutdown” the government. BTW, we don’t have any nonessential employees in the private sector, why are there nonessential employees in the federal government?

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  • Sandra
    12/12/2018
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    BUILD THE WALL ALREADY! Get on the TRUMP TRAIN and SAVE OUR COUNTRY! Trump SHOULD shut down the government if you won’t cooperate. Liberals got us into this mess, now MAGA!

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  • Ray
    12/13/2018
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    We have and moron for president who really doesn’t understand how to govern or negotiate. Our tv president believes everything is about him and him alone. He puts himself above the country, our values and everything in between. To him, it’s all a tv show. He tried to blindside the dems but it backfired on him. Congress do your job and hold this man baby accountable.

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  • Daniel
    12/12/2018
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    This is bullshit. Trump is sitting in his filthy diaper in the Oval Office throwing a tantrum because after 2 years he has no Wall, AND NEVER WILL. So Donny is going to sulk so bad he’ll shut down the government because he didn’t get his way. 45 is a Traitorous Criminal MORON.

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  • Barb
    12/12/2018
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    Another example of creating chaos to divert attention from the Mueller investigation that is getting very close to fake potus himself. Same thing with his announcement of possible intervention with Chinese arrest if their royalty in Canada (at request if himself no less). All idiotic pronouncements to divert attention of the media and the nation away from the massive corruption of himself, his family, and his businesses.

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