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Poll: 84% Say Shutdown Was “Mainly Unnecessary”

Shutdown? What shutdown? Ahh, that’s right, we’ve forgotten already and it’s only Thursday. The short-lived shutdown used as an attempt by Democrats to extract some kind of fix for DACA Dreamers went basically nowhere, and now the public at large says it was unnecessary.

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Quinnipiac has the numbers which indicate that voters do divvy up the blame between the President and the Democrats, but they also believe it was a waste of time:

The federal government shutdown was “mainly unnecessary” 84 percent of American voters say, as 13 percent say it was “mainly necessary,” according to a Quinnipiac University National Poll released today. Voters in every party, gender, education, age and racial group say overwhelmingly the shutdown was “mainly unnecessary.”

The shutdown hurt Democrats in Congress and President Donald Trump more than Republicans in Congress, the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pe-ack) University Poll finds. Democrats are responsible, 32 percent of voters say, while 31 percent say President Trump is responsible and 18 percent point to Republicans. [Emphasis added]

Historically speaking, government shutdowns never go well for Republicans. The 2013 shutdown was a debacle by all accounts and the public soured quickly as Senator Ted Cruz attempted to force an ObamaCare repeal vote in the Senate by halting a spending bill. Despite mixed polling on ObamaCare, and a very unpopular mandate associated with it, the public was not ready to halt all government business on account of one program or pet-project.

Last week, Chuck Schumer and the Democratic Party learned a similar lesson to that of Senator Cruz. Despite positive polling for DACA/Dreamer protections, the public had no desire for the government to cease operations.

One gigantic caveat of the recent shutdown fix is that it only lasts for three weeks, then we get to revisit this, according to Business Insider:

Congress voted to reopen the government on Monday, ending the partial shutdown of federal services after just 69 hours. But in doing so, lawmakers set up another shutdown deadline just over two weeks away.

The two parties have just 15 days, until February 8, to resolve the differences over immigration, defense funding, and social programs that helped prompt the shutdown last weekend. And the chances of avoiding a second shutdown already look grim.

“A sequel seems likely given absolutely no policy resolution,” said Chris Krueger, an analyst at Cowen Washington Research Group.

Yes, that’s right, we’re in for another shutdown showdown in a few short days. Congress seems inept at averting these manufactured crises so the likelihood we once again reach the shutdown precipitous is high.

Democrats are hoping that this time around, the disagreement is between Republicans in the House, Senate, and the White House:

The key sticking point in the February shutdown negotiations won’t be formulating a bill that is acceptable to most senators. Rather, it will come in finding a deal that both the House of Representatives and the White House support.

The White House has already poured cold water on a bipartisan bill from GOP Sen. Lindsey Graham and Democratic Sen. Dick Durbin.

“The Graham-Durbin proposal is not a proposal the president can sign,” the White House deputy press secretary, Raj Shah, said.

The White House press secretary, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, reiterated the position Tuesday, saying the Graham-Durbin bill “should be declared dead on arrival.”

Getting agreement between the pro-amnesty (Lindsey Graham) and no-amnesty (Tom Cotton) factions within the GOP might be tougher than Trump negotiating with Schumer over DACA itself. Not to mention most any moderate bill that comes from the Senate might be rejected by Republicans in the House.

We haven’t even touched on the Democratic infighting as we noted yesterday.

Either way, get your popcorn ready for another episode of Governing on the Brink.

Nate Ashworth :Nate Ashworth is the Founder and Senior Editor of Election Central. He's been blogging elections and politics for almost a decade. He started covering the 2008 Presidential Election which turned into a full-time political blog in 2012 and 2016.

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  • The shutdown was foolish. Nothing was accomplished. Plus Schumer lost to the extreme left for opening the government.

    Did Schumer contact Reid before making a decision?

  • Schumer had one negotiating partner, McConnell, and he accepted McConnell’s promise of six years’ worth of funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program and the promise of a Senate vote for the Dreamers, in exchange for an agreement to fund the government for three more weeks. This means that that over thirty million needy children will have health insurance and that the Dreamers still have a chance for citizenship. You take what you can get when you’re outnumbered.

    Perhaps Schumer took heart knowing that in three weeks the government will have another shutdown. Who knows, on this go round, maybe Schumer can save the 900,000 American youths known as the Dreamers from deportation. Congress has until March 5 to strike a deal or DACA children will lose their deportation and work permits. Donald Trump, by Executive Order, could allow them to remain in the US as citizens. Instead Trump holds the Dreamers for Congressional ransom with which he would use to build his Mexico border wall.

      • Donald Trump did propose a plan that provided a path to citizenship for 1.8 million of the so-called “Dreamer” but for that plan to happen, Trump demanded in return, more tight restrictions on legal immigration and $25 billion for his border wall. Plus, It would not allow parents of the dreamers to seek lawful status and Trump would deported them. What Trump wants is a wall.

        • The wall was a campaign promise. He, unlike others, will fulfill his promises.

          Aren't the parents of the dreamers here illegally? They shouldn't be allowed lawful status, right?

          His 1.8 million fir so called dreamers is double that of what it should be, right? The dems should embrace his plan. But they want more.

          • Trump promises are a dime a dozen. During the campaign, Trump’s most repeated promise was that he’d “drain the swamp,” arguing that lobbyists had too much control over our government. How did that promise turn out? Well, when it came to Goldman Sachs and Wall Street, Trump spent his campaign lambasting their influence in Washington, DC, and then, as president, broke his promise and hired them all to run the US government for him.

            Trump’s most vivid campaign promises was that he would build an “impenetrable, physical, tall, powerful, beautiful southern border wall” paid for by Mexico. At times, Trump promised that his solid, continuous wall would stand 55 feet tall. It is now clear that Mexico isn’t paying. US taxpayers will foot the bill to the tune of more $21 billion dollars. That is the cost of the partial fencing (no solid wall) Trump’s has now vowed to build along the U.S. border with Mexico, according to an internal Homeland Security Department report that was obtained by Reuters.Feb 10, 2017. This does not include the yearly cost of the upkeep or cost of the Border Patrol to guard the fence.
            Presently there are 52 open crossings that link Mexico to the U.S.: eight rail lines, 24 bridges, two dams, 17 roads and one ferry. The lives of more than 12 million people that live along the Mexico/US border will be disrupted and changed forever.

          • That wall will be built. You just want everything done on day one. Well Trump did too. But the dems are holding up progress. Why? Votes. Simple as that. Votes. They care about illegals, and their votes, more than they do about legal Americans.

            Trump first greatly improved the economy. People will really benefit from his tax cuts.

          • Remember, Trump promised to start building the wall on day one of his presidency. After a year in office, his fence is still in limbo.

            Regardless of Trump’s claim, gains in the stock market do not reduce the federal government’s debt. And the Republican tax bill that Trump signed in December is forecast by nonpartisan congressional scorekeepers to add more than $1.5 trillion to the national debt over the next 10 years. Plus, it will save S&P 500 companies $75 billion to $100 billion in taxes in 2018 compared with the previous year of 2017

            While the economy added 2.06 net new jobs in 2017 under Trump, that was down from 2.24 million in 2016 and well off the nearly 3 million jobs the U.S. economy added in 2014 under Obama.

          • Congress has delayed the building of the wall and you know it.

            More money will eventually mean more money to pay down the debt. It all depends on who one listens to.

            Your number of 2.06 I don't believe is the average. Perhaps one quarter. The average is higher and above Obamas. Same with employment.

          • Then, there's this one, from the Coolidge era (1924):

            Papers say: "Congress is deadlocked and can't act." I think that is the greatest blessing that could befall this country.

          • That statement I'm sure was valid in 1924. Today I want to see progress. The parties working together.

            Compromising is my idea of success.

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