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Mike Pence Can’t 'Guarantee' There Won’t Be Another Government Shutdown

by Axios | Updated on 2.6.19


Vice President Mike Pence told CBS's Jeff Glor on Wednesday morning he doesn't believe the partial government shutdown was a mistake, saying Americans find it admirable that President Trump "says what he means and he means what he says."

Why it matters: Despite having the longest government shutdown in history, President Trump didn't mention any plan to help Congress secure a budget for 2019 in his entire 82-minute State of the Union address. Congress has until Feb. 15 to strike a deal with the White House or the government reverts back to a shutdown.

"I never think it's a mistake ... To stand up for what you believe in. I think what the American people admire most about this president is he says what he means, and he means what he says. In a very real sense."

Pence also told Glor he can't guarantee the government won't shut down again in 9 days.

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  • Chickie
    02/06/2019
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    A majority of Americans know #45’s monument to himself, (The Wall), will be a huge waste of taxpayer dollars. Just as a majority of Americans know that the government shutdown was #45’s fault. The Bobble Head VP is 100% wrong when he stated “I never think it’s a mistake to stand up for what you believe in”. An intelligent person thoroughly investigate an issue, taking into account the feasibility of a project. An intelligent person listens to experts and those (landowners), who would be affected by a project. An intelligent person does not bully others with threats. Nor does an intelligent person take 800,000 people hostage in order to get his way. Should a person hold a position of power, who does what they want to do without a thought of how it affects others, is testament of the person’s selfish intentions, with dictatorial attributes. VP Bobblehead’s insinuation that there might be another government shutdown, further promotes this administrations practice of bullying others to get what they want. The 35 day government shutdown will continue to have repercussions on the 800,000 federal employees, countless secondary occupations, (food caterers, private transportation personnel, hotel personnel, etc.) and the American taxpayers. As Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, (who has combined corruption, lies, white nationalism, and a disdain for the for the working people), suggested the federal workers should take out a loan and all would be fine, proves the huge gap between #45 and his administration with the everyday American.

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  • Brian
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    02/06/2019
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    A majority of Americans neither support the wall nor the use of a shutdown to accomplish it. Trump and his supporters aren't listening if they think this is the tactic to use, especially since there's no actual evidence we have a crisis on the border. Let Trump and Pence shut it down again at their own peril, they won't be getting that funding.

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  • TheModerateGuy
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    02/06/2019
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    We’re in a temporary re-opening, duh. My issue is the lack of care from politicians, on both sides. They’re like mainstream media; they think they know EVERYTHING and can decide without consulting specialists. That wall? It’ll take YEARS before the completion of DESIGNING is done. The building is the fastest part of the process. In this case, politicians think they’re engineers. AOC is an economist and Trump is a NYer who knows shit about construction. It’s like the anti-vaxxers who refuse to consult a doctor.

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  • Ronald
    Voted Happy
    02/06/2019
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    Congress is responsible for Our Budget. Congress will be responsible for a "Government Shutdown" if it happens. Build Our Wall. Pass a Budget. No more continuing resolutions. Do Your Job. Pass a Budget. Work With Our President.

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  • Mike
    Voted Sad
    02/06/2019
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    If he has an ounce of dignity or integrity, Pence should resign.

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  • TrulyTexan
    02/06/2019
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    The only way to guarantee no government shutdown is to be rid of trump, pence, and McConnell.

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  • JClemmons
    Voted Apathetic
    02/06/2019
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    It would not be a surprise if we come out of this reprieve into another shutdown. Trump has not adjusted his position, and from what we have seen, neither have the Democrats in large part. Likely, the end result of these shenanigans will be that some portion of wall is built, especially because some of it has already been funded (and groundbreaking will begin soon) from the last year. Probably the amount appropriated for the wall will decrease, but will inevitably be funded; the only sure thing is that Trump is unlikely to fold on the position, although he may fold in the actual act of negotiating. A second shutdown would be a headline maker, but it would solve none of the issues here, which is that immigration needs to be further reviewed and that a better solution has to come about than a wall .

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  • Tooluser1
    Voted Happy
    02/06/2019
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    What do you expect with Democrats "negotiating" in bad faith?

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  • Abbi
    Voted Sad
    02/06/2019
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    No more shut downs! Pass a law forbidding them or somehow make them only affect the president and congress! People cut down Joshua tress and pooped in public parks, people couldn’t do their jobs because they needed to make rent. Shutdowns only affect the people not trump or McConnell. We get hurt.

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  • Brad
    Voted Sad
    02/06/2019
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    Do not permit another government shutdown. If the President vetoes, override.

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  • Brian
    Voted Sad
    02/06/2019
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    Impeach trump!

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  • Michele
    Voted Sad
    02/06/2019
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    Please continue to do what you can to keep Trump from getting the wall funding he desires while also keeping the government open. Citizens should not be held hostage to this President’s (dictator) desires.

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  • verymary
    Voted Sad
    02/06/2019
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    Why not? Because the administration feels nothing for the citizens who have elected them?

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  • Reinier
    Voted Sad
    02/07/2019
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    You’re the most useless Vice President in history man!

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  • Matt
    Voted Sad
    02/06/2019
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    I can guarantee he’s done more to jeopardize Christianity and make former Christians than any so called “liberal” or political opponent. This millennial will never listen to another word out of an evangelical mouth.

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  • Ken
    Voted Sad
    02/06/2019
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    Trump's daily tweets and tots depends largely on what side of the pillow his head rests on. I don't know if Trump even knows.

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  • Monica
    Voted Sad
    02/06/2019
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    No wall funding and not government shutdowns how many time we have to tell y’all we don’t want no wall period,

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  • Bonnie
    Voted Sad
    02/06/2019
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    If you can’t “guarantee” an end to shutdowns, I CAN guarantee you will be the focus of widespread disgust. Hopefully enough voters will be willing to fire you for lack of performance.

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  • A david
    Voted Sad
    02/07/2019
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    Given President Trump's erratic behavior, President Trump can't guarantee that there will not be another shutdown.

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  • Azrael
    Voted Sad
    02/07/2019
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    GOP will pay dearly at the polls if they shut down for vanity wall

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  • Michael
    Voted Sad
    02/06/2019
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    If you are a government employee, bail ship now! Trump and the GOP are going to use you and your family as hostages again to get funding for that useless wall.

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  • Caroline
    Voted Sad
    02/06/2019
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    Shutdowns only hurt the government workers. They need to be made illegal. But the salaries and benefits of the executive and legislative branches need to be frozen until a budget is passed. And the majority leaders in the legislative branch cannot withhold items coming to the floor for a vote just because the executive branch or they wouldn’t like the outcome. The decision makers in the government are more and more plutocrats who only represent the 2%, not the people who voted for them. Where’s the compassion for the average citizen who are reliant on the government?

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  • BarbaraASJ
    Voted Sad
    02/06/2019
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    No wall. No shutdown. No Trump tantrums.

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