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How Could the Shutdown End? How Would You End It?

Do Democrats & President Trump need to cut a deal on border security funding?

by Countable | 1.17.19

What’s the story?

  • We’ve almost hit the one-month mark for the partial government shutdown that shows no signs of resolution: Trump continues to demand $5.7 billion in federal funding to build a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) continue to reject providing any money for a barrier.
  • Meanwhile, approximately 800,000 federal workers aren’t receiving their paychecks, travellers are reporting longer lines at airports due to short staffing at TSA checkpoints, and sections of national parks remain closed after visitors trashed toilets and trees.
  • Trump said the shutdown could go on for “months or even years”—but here are possible ways the impasse could be broken.

Trump drops calls for wall funding

  • At the center of the shutdown is Trump’s promise to his supporters to “build a great, great wall on our southern border and I'll have Mexico pay for that wall.”
  • As the CBC wrote, “If Trump caved on the wall, the shutdown would be over. And since it's gone on for so long, he could make the case that he did everything within his power to build it and that he only failed because of obstructionist Democrats.”
  • This outcome is, of late, unlikely: a recent Quinnipiac University poll showed a majority of Republicans support the shutdown

Democrats agree to fund the wall

  • Democrats could agree to provide Trump the $5.7 billion he’s requested for his border wall with Mexico.
  • Given that the majority of Democrats are against the wall, and providing Trump any funds for it, this is unlikely. As Schumer said:
“We can secure our border without an expensive, ineffective wall. And we can welcome legal immigrants and refugees without compromising safety and security. The symbol of America should be the Statue of Liberty, not a 30-foot wall."

Compromise between (D)s and Trump

  • A compromise would allow both Trump and Democrats to say they “won” the shutdown fight.
  • A possibility that has been floated is providing border-wall funds in exchange for amnesty for so-called “Dreamers”—the nearly one million youngsters brought to the U.S. illegally as children.

National emergency

  • Trump has continued flirting with the idea of declaring a state of emergency to secure wall funding.
  • The president said that while he remains open to declaring a national emergency to get his wall funded, he’d “rather not” as it's the “easy way out.”
"Congress should do this. This is too simple. It's too basic. And Congress should do this. If they can't do it, I will declare a national emergency. I have the absolute right to do it," Trump said last Friday.

What do you think?

Which option – if any – would you pick to end the shutdown? How would you end the shutdown? Any suggestions for Congress? Take action and tell your reps, then share your thoughts below.

—Josh Herman

(Photo Credit: iStockphoto.com / Greg Bulla)

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  • Ellen
    Voted No
    01/17/2019
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    No wall. Vote on house bill. Stop pandering to the toddler in chief. I hold my stupid senators-Burr and Tillis responsible and complicit for the continued shutdown.

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  • markdmoss
    Voted Yes
    01/17/2019
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    Border security: Yes. Wall: NO!!! First, McConnell needs to do his job and bring the House budget bills (the same numbers passed by the Senate unanimously in December) to the floor. Then, Dems should make a significant proposal to fund smart, effective border security measures (tied with a solution to DACA!) with ZERO dollars for the completely useless wall. The people have spoken. The November'18 election was the biggest rebuke to a sitting president in modern history ... Despite the fear mongering about the caravan of "criminals and terrorists" focused on by Trump. The majority disagrees. He had control for two years and couldn't fund his wall ... Now it's too late. He lost. Sanity won. Get over it.

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  • Chips
    01/17/2019
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    If all TSA workers walked out, and airline industry came to halt, someone would buckle, economy would come to stop

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  • MAvet75
    Voted Maybe
    01/17/2019
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    Trump can tout all the “alternative facts he wants, walls aren’t the solution. $5 Billion for security for the border, absolutely, exactly $0 for new walls, fences, or any other barriers, as most drugs entering the country through Mexico is through legal ports of entry. More wall would only waste time and taxpayer funds simply to make cowards and racists feel better. The time has come for both chambers of Congress to do their constitutional duty and fund the government, even if it means circumventing the executive branch.

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  • Kari
    Voted No
    01/17/2019
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    The president does not have the power to force something the people do not want. The house has passed several bills, almost unanimously, to reopen the government and separate the budget from this obnoxious ad ineffective wall nonsense. The house can easily veto him, and the fact that his lapdog, Mitch, is refusing to allow the process of democracy to take place, is just a another striking example of how Trump is destroying our nation. I live in a border community. You northerners are making mountains out of molehills and refusing to use basic logic to understand the real problems we are facing.

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  • Nancy
    01/17/2019
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    It should be illegal to shutdown the government, period.

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  • AvatarNC
    Voted Yes
    01/17/2019
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    Border security: YES Wall: NO

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  • Ray
    Voted Maybe
    01/18/2019
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    No wall but focusing on border security might be a solution. But bullying the speaker of the house or the equal branch of the government is not going to work.

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  • Chickie
    Voted No
    01/17/2019
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    I would take the vote to the Senate; they would pass the vote. @ #45’s desk it will most likely be vetoed. When it returns to the Senate, they would pass it with 2/3’s vote. 800,000 federal employees will be paid for 30 days and then return to work. After which, the House/Senate would work in a Bipartisan manner to overhaul immigration and work on border security, (drones, laser implementation, further training for border security personnel, hiring more if needed. Also bring on employees who would process asylum seekers. Keep all the families together while in process.

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  • Clint
    Voted No
    01/17/2019
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    Republicans and democrats passed a bill already. The senate needs to get their heads out of the sand and put a bill on trumps desk. You don’t cater to a child’s tantrums.

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  • Page
    Voted No
    01/17/2019
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    No wall. Increase border security with electronic and human scrutiny. Vote on the house bill(s). Get to work on climate change, before it’s too late.

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  • burrkitty
    Voted No
    01/17/2019
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    Make sure all of Congress is in DC. Tell all the TSA and FAA employees to go home. Close all the airports and US airspace. I guarantee the economy will promptly come to a screeching halt. People don’t understand exactly how much our country depend on air travel. That would end it.

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  • burrkitty
    Voted No
    01/17/2019
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    VETO OVERRIDE! #wheresMITCH? #doyourGDjob!

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  • Miles
    Voted Yes
    01/17/2019
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    It should end with Pelosi & Schumer begging for forgiveness from the people for putting their radical, leftist power trip ahead of their own country. Just look at Pelosi’s district around San Francisco. You’re either super wealthy or homeless & drugs, needles, blood, waste & people all over the streets. Neo-liberalism in its true & finest form.

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  • David
    Voted No
    01/17/2019
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    No deal, the Republicans already had a bill they need to suck it up and send it to the President.

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  • Bryce
    Voted Yes
    01/17/2019
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    No wall. Border security, yes.

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  • Carol
    Voted No
    01/17/2019
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    No wall... they had a deal before 45 changed his mind, again. Open the government...for the people...then negotiate reasonable border security and use real data to make decisions.

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  • AZMaricopaLD27
    Voted No
    01/17/2019
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    Republican Senators need to override Comrade Trump. They have enabled a traitor.

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  • SneakyPete
    Voted Yes
    01/17/2019
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    DEMOCRATS- - “WALLS, BARRIERS, & HIGH TECHNOLOGY WORK Democrats, according to CNN of all places, walls work and we need barriers where they make sense and technology where they don’t. That has always been our policy by the way and the Democrats have always agreed – that is why we have hundreds of border wall right now – and that is why their position is untenable. This is what the Democrats hope you will forget during the debate, but when CNN contradicts them in primetime, you know they are have losing hand. 🙈 You Democrats supported them, Under Democratic Administrations, so why the hell not now, under a The President Trump Republican Administration? Heck Yes..Dem. “Double Standard In Action” You must end YOUR Shutdown and FUND the Barrier/Wall now. SneakyPete.......... 🙀🙀🙀🙀......... 1*17*19..........

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  • Karen
    Voted Yes
    01/17/2019
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    Have Mitch McConnell bring the bill that was sent over from the house to the floor for a vote to end the shut down and vote on it. My guess is that the majority of the Republicans and all the Democrats would pass it. Send it over to the president and if he doesn’t sign it he can either veto it and send it back where the Senate will override it or it can sit on his desk and in 10 days if he doesn’t sign it it becomes law anyway. Either way - the Shutdown ends.

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  • murf
    Voted No
    01/17/2019
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    The border is already heavily blocked and guarded. The only open sections are through the Rio Grand River, mountains and private land in Texas. Bush and Obama tried to add to the existing fencing but private land owners took them to court. This border wall controversy is all about nothing. To the Trump admin it’s symbolic of their nationalistic, fascist mindset. Stephen Miller said as much. Those that think it’s about security are falling for Trump’s fascist propaganda. A consistent majority of Americans don’t want to add to the existing fence or replace it with a wall. In a democracy the majority rules. In a fascist government the fascist minority gets their way by force and police actions. Don’t sacrifice our democracy for a useless wall.

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