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  • astralis
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    And now Sen. McConnell is saying the Senate will not consider any House Bills to end the shutdown.

    I'm going to go out on a limb here and guess that their pay is one of the few functions unaffected by the shutdown.
    problem being that for most of the Senators, money is not an issue to begin with, so their pay is not an effective lever for action. although i don't mind this step on principle alone.

    there's also interesting considerations from the purely political angle, on the House Democratic side. Nancy Pelosi now leads a group that's more politically coherent compared to her last go-around as Majority Leader. Dems' gains in the last midterms have resulted in an urban/suburban split, which is a considerably less glaring divide than the previous urban/rural split.

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  • Red Team
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    Originally posted by astralis View Post

    Pelosi said that her first order of business is to pass the House version of the previous, bipartisan-approved Senate bill that would keep the government running. the very bill that Trump indicated that he would sign, prior to being cowed by Ann Coulter.
    And now Sen. McConnell is saying the Senate will not consider any House Bills to end the shutdown.

    I'm going to go out on a limb here and guess that their pay is one of the few functions unaffected by the shutdown.

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  • astralis
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    outside the (deliberate) clown show of the Cabinet meeting, some of the politics regarding the shutdown/budgetary impasse is amusing to watch.

    Pelosi said that her first order of business is to pass the House version of the previous, bipartisan-approved Senate bill that would keep the government running. the very bill that Trump indicated that he would sign, prior to being cowed by Ann Coulter.

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  • Skywatcher
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    He's also claimed he fired Mattis.

    And praised the Soviets for invading Afghanistan back in 1979.

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  • astralis
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    let's see, in the last 24 hours POTUS has trashed a former JSOC/ISAF Commander as having a "big, dumb mouth", said that much of his wall is already "fully renovated/built" (which begs the question, uh, why the government shutdown then?), and got into a spat with the last GOP presidential candidate.

    in short just another usual week.

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  • TopHatter
    started a topic 2019 American Political Scene

    2019 American Political Scene

    A new thread for the new year.



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