PPPS (Washington, DC)—After negotiations to continue funding federal deficit spending broke down in the Senate, the Democrats' shutdown of the federal government began at midnight this morning.
Because the Trump administration refuses to weaponize what is being referred to as the #SchumerShutdown, most Americans won't notice a thing. Our staff has summed it up nicely.
There are a few others, however who see the #SchumerShutdown in a more serious light - take this tweet for example:
We at PPPS, however, find it hard to believe that the much-admired Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (of #SchumerShutdown fame) of New York, and other Democrats in Congress, would EVER put any political maneuver or partisan politics above the interests of their fellow American citizens, the government services they may receive, the people who defend our nation, or the booming economy which is lifting millions out of poverty.
That thought is just too implausible to believe, the above tweet message not withstanding.
Historical Notes: PPPPS also covered a previous government shutdown in October, 2013 caused by evil Republicans, one Senator Ted Cruz in particular, in an attempt to defund the highly successful Affordable Care Act (sometimes referred to as Obamacare) before it could benefit millions and millions of Amercicans and transform our healthcare system for the better.
Following are some PPPS articles from that time:
Our own loyal reader, Citizen Pete, offered up an amendment in hopes of resolving the impasse.
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Citizen Pete also offered an opinion, after his first attempt stop the shutdown failed.
And as a followup to the characterization that President Obama may have weaponized that October shutdown at the expense of our veterans, PPPS published this, along with a poignant photograph.