Returning Christmas presents and raiding the kids’ college fund: a shutdown
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Returning Christmas presents and raiding the kids’ college fund: U.S. Reps. tell their constituents’ stories
Eight House Democrats who represent the capital region, home to the biggest concentration of federal workers, denounced the shutdown on Wednesday and slammed President Trump.
During a news conference outside the Capitol, several members said their offices are being flooded with calls, emails and letters from constituents panicking about how they will pay their bills.
Rep. Jennifer Wexton (Va.) said one furloughed worker told her they had to return Christmas presents they could no longer afford.
Rep. Jamie Raskin (Md.) said a couple he represents will withdraw money from their retirement and kids’ college funds prematurely - paying a penalty - in order to cover basic needs.
Rep. Don Beyer (Va.) said he represents a disabled veteran who owns a small business dependent on government contractors and may have to lay off employees.
“There is a crisis but it’s not the lack of a wall,” said Beyer, who represents about 80,000 federal workers and thousands of federal contractors. “Trump said a lot of words last night but not a single one of them was about the federal workforce.”
Reminder that Trump doesn't care because federal workers live in strong blue districts
Not caring about your federal workforce because they're demonrats and not true americans. What a fucking time to be alive.
All the federal workers Trump can see, which is to say the nearly-pure-blue District, are democrat-leaning. So fuck all feds, right
And yet Congress still get to collect their paychecks.
We started the Revolutionary War for things less insulting than this.
Federal workers in Washington DC have to work without pay and get no congressional representation. Taxation Without Representation is a popular bumper sticker there.
After 2 years and all the damage done, it's at least repairable. But we're barely into 2019 and Trump is putting almost a million people on the streets, personally, over this stupid wall idea. He's now withholding funds from California to fight wildfires, which is covered in more-flammable-than-usual eucalyptus trees, which is directly going to devastate wildlife and people, even killing them.
We can't do another 2 years of this. If he's not thrown out soon then he needs to be dragged out by the people and by his dumb looking hair
it's a license plate
It is not a good idea for "politicians to fear the people"
The only thing they should fear is the justice system, or not getting re-elected.
"fearing the people" means fearing every group, not matter how misguided or corrupt, because it only takes one small group to come at you with a gun. It meant fearing Pizzagate and QAnon worshipping crazies. It means fearing Scientologists. This is not the kind of atmosphere we want our government to be in.
Not just bumper stickers, the license plates have it!
all of this over a fucking wall
Why doesn't anyone do something? Anything at all ffs. How can this go on?
The system isn't working. It hasn't worked in the last two years. Everyone in power has been complicit in his actions, if not supporting them. The midterms might have changed things up, which is why I said if he's not thrown out soon, then the people need to take matters into their own hands. If the government isn't going to work for the people, then that's when they should fear the people
Remember that Mitch McConnell could end this whenever he wants.
Every day that goes by, the shutdown is one of the first things to come to mind.
We're like 2 fucking days away from this being the longest government shutdown of all time. I had a feeling they would take it this far, but holy shit I really hoped they wouldn't.
Not to be a cunt but that happens anyway, the alternative hasn't done much to help people. I think it's not unreasonable that politicians should become afraid of going against the genuine interests of their constituents like universal healthcare, electoral legislation and generally better human rights.
TBH things would be better off if someone ended Mitch McConnell to serve as an example to the rest.
Employees of the U.S. Coast Guard who are facing a long U.S. government shutdown just received a suggestion: To get by without pay, consider holding a garage sale, babysitting, dog-walking or serving as a
“mystery shopper.” The suggestions were part of a five-page tip sheet published by the Coast Guard Support Program, an employee-assistance arm of the service often known as CG SUPRT.
“Bankruptcy is a last option,” the document said. The Coast Guard removed the tip sheet from the support program’s website late Wednesday morning after The Washington Post inquired about it.
Anyone not affected personally doesn't care.
it's the murkan way.
Don't they just spin it as the Dems forcing Trump's hand?
Remember when our armed forces were our number one priority?
Jesus Christ. Being forced to withdraw from a college fund to pay your bills is particularly despicable; in most plans you only get to put so much money into one per-year, and early withdrawals can come with pretty hefty premiums that you don't get back even if you try to make up the difference. That this shutdown has gone on as long as it has is nothing less than a dereliction of duty by our legislators.
When were they?
more like a dereliction of duty by our executive
The Senate could make this stop whenever they wanted, but Mitch McConnell won't humiliate Trump by sending him something he'll veto and set up the potential to override his veto. He's taking his rather considerable power as Senate Majority Leader, with the ability to choose the very things the Senate gets to vote on, and putting it in a little jar that he's refusing to open until the President says it's safe to send a bill to him. He's making the entire senate a limp dick waiting for guidance from Trump when he knows damn well he is the leader of a co-equal branch of government and can force the President to accept laws the Senate and House pass.
So, no, the dereliction of duty is very much with the legislative as well as the executive here. The Democrat-controlled House just arrived in the middle of the shutdown so they're not really to blame.
Specifically McConnell. The GOP had two years to secure funding for the wall and failed. If these people are meant to represent their constituents in the US, and the majority of those representatives weren't in favor of the wall, then it follows that the majority of the US isn't either.
There's nothing about the wall that necessitates shutting down the government. They could just pass a spending bill now and try to secure funding later. By arguing that they'll hold the government hostage unless they get the wall, McConnell and Trump are conceding that the wall could not possibly succeed on its own merit.
You are a fool if you think that any problem in our legislature can be boiled down to one individual within it. Mitch McConnell would be nowhere if not for the coalition in Congress that willing to act (or inact) in his interests over those of their consituents. The sycophants who follow his suicidal (in my opinion) deference to the President's wishes share equal blame.
Yes, they do. And it's my hope that they'll all be held as accomplices once Trump himself goes down. And he will go down, whether it's the second he steps out of office in 2021 or when congress is forced to impeach him.
Veterans haven't been this country's top priority since WW2. We like to pretend they are for political rhetoric but when it comes time to pay up they're the ones left with the bill for their medical care
Actually Trump's the one who failed in that since Congress did secure the funding at one point and Trump rejected it for not begin good enough despite being literally exactly what he demanded. Which is a large part of the reason Democrats are putting their foot down over the wall now.
Daily reminder (gonna beat this dead horse as long as it remains relevant) that this orange dipshit could have had his wall last year no questions asked but HE was the one to turn that deal down, and now bitch boy McConnell refuses to even breathe without Trump’s say so.
They have the power to end their shutdown whenever the fuck they want. They just have to concede that the wall is pointless, which means Trump would sooner die than abandon it.
I know it’s hard but I will never forgive the dems if they cave to this petulant man child. It’s his problem, his responsibility, his mess to clean up.