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What They're Saying: Government Shutdown

by Countable | 1.20.18

Welcome to Day 1 of the 2018 Government Shutdown.

Both chambers of Congress are in session this weekend trying to reach a deal to reopen the government after last night’s shutdown following a bitter impasse over spending and immigration.

Still, members on both sides of the aisle are finding time to tweet about the shutdown. Here’s what they’re saying:

President Donald Trump put the blame on the Democrats, tweeting:

Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders joined other Republicans in labeling it the "Schumer Shutdown" in dishonor of Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer:

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell likewise blamed Schumer and his party:

As for Sen. Schumer, the New York Democrat tweeted about the #TrumpShutdown:

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) echoed Schumer’s remarks, tweeting:

But House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) wasn’t having any of that. He, too, echoed Schumer’s tweet:

Mick Mulvaney, the Republican Director of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), weighed in on the dueling Twitter trends of "Schumer Shutdown" and “Trump Shutdown”

Rep. Colleen Hanabusa (D-HI) pointed out that this would have been the first anniversary of Trump’s inauguration:

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC), took a more bipartisan approach to the blame:

And Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI) also pushed for a bipartisan solution:

What do you think?

Now you know what they’re saying, what do you have to say? Hit Take Action and tell your reps what you think of the situation and what Congress should do to reopen the government. Then share your thoughts in the comments below.

—Josh Herman

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