House Speaker Paul Ryan sent out his weekly newsletter on Saturday. He is a very pragmatic man who is not quick to draw conclusions. Unlike President Trump who lives for the fight, Ryan is more of a compromiser. It makes his most recent article interesting.
Ryan feels the government shutdown is largely political. That is putting it mildly. But he goes on to make some fascinating points.
The federal government is needlessly shut down because of Senate Democrats. If you look at the straight facts of the matter, it is easy to understand. It is important for the American people to know that. This was totally unnecessary.
This shutdown did not need to happen, but it is important to know why it did. Last Thursday, the House passed a bill to keep the government open and extend the Children’s Health Insurance Program, which covers nearly 9 million children from low-income families.
The legislation was no political trick by the Republicans. There were no games and no strings attached.
On Friday evening, Senate Democrats blocked the bill and shut down the government. The question is why? What part of the bill did they oppose?
The answer is simple. The Democrats had no problem with it.
Ryan put it succinctly:
“Here is the simple truth: Senate Democrats refuse to fund the government unless we agree to their demands on something entirely unrelated. They want a deal on immigration, and then they’ll think about reopening the government. It is a shakedown strategy that Senate Democrats have been talked into by their base. Now I could go on and on about how cynical I think their ploy is. And I do. But let me read to you something Senator Schumer himself said in 2013, the last time we found ourselves in this position. Here is what he said: ‘No matter how strongly one feels about an issue, you shouldn’t hold millions of people hostage. That’s what the other side is doing. That’s wrong and we can’t give in to that.’"
Schumer was right on the mark about holding people hostage. That is what his party is doing now.
There is no reason for a shutdown.
Ryan said, “Now I want to take a moment to address the men and women who work here in the Capitol and around the country in this government, whether it’s the military, the Reserves, law enforcement, medical researchers, National Parks, wherever you are and whatever is that you’re doing for the taxpayers. Thank you for your service. Thank you for the sacrifices that you and your families make. We could not be more grateful. You should not have to go through this uncertainty. You deserve much better than this needless shutdown. And we hope that it will end very soon."
It is up to the American people to decide what is best for this democracy. Toying with a situation as serious as the United States government for political gain, or sitting at the table with your opposition as the voters want.
Dwight L. Schwab, Jr. is an award-winning national political and foreign affairs columnist and published author. He has spent over 35 years in the publishing industry. His long-running articles include many years at Examiner.com and currently Newsblaze.com. Dwight is an author of two highly acclaimed books, "Redistribution of Common Sense - Selected Commentaries on the Obama Administration 2009-2014" and "The Game Changer - America's Most Stunning Election in History." He is a native of Portland, Oregon, a journalism graduate from the University of Oregon, and a resident of the SF Bay Area. To read more of his reports — Click Here Now.
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