Trump calls on GOP to nix filibuster

by Garry Watts August 26, 2017, 0:54
Trump calls on GOP to nix filibuster

Congress has until mid-October to raise the legal borrowing limit or the United States could risk defaulting on its debt obligations. This week, Trump threatened to shut down the government if Congress did not provide funding for a wall along the U.S. -Mexico border, one of his key campaign promises.

"I don't think a government shutdown is necessary and I don't think most people want to see a government shutdown", Ryan said Wednesday before also acknowledging that he thinks "the president feels that is a strategy that works for him".

"For the sake of our party and our nation, we Republicans must disassociate ourselves from Trump by expressing our opposition to his divisive tactics and by clearly and strongly insisting that he does not represent what it means to be a Republican", Danforth said.

"We will pass legislation to make sure we pay our debts and we will not hit the debt ceiling".

McConnell, at an event in Louisville, Ky., on Thursday, did not respond to questions about Trump's comments.

Trump also preemptively placed blame on Congressional leaders for any struggle Republicans will have in raising the debt ceiling in September.

A government shutdown would mean that a large number of federal employees would be put on furlough, while a number of essential employees and military personnel may be required to continue working but not be paid as scheduled. Financial experts have warned that default on US bond payments could roil financial markets.

Raising the debt ceiling has confounded Congress before.

Trump's refusal to draw a clear line between himself and white nationalist groups has been the latest source of growing tension within the Republican Party.

President Donald Trump has on more than one occasion indicated he's open to the prospect of a government shutdown over budget negotiations, including with regard to his proposed border wall. Andrew speculates that in attacking his own party, Trump could sabotage Republicans' 2018 chances - and having a Democratic majority in Congress would surely make things way more hard for the president.

At a rally Tuesday, Trump said: "If we have to close down our government, we're building that wall".

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There have been seven government shutdowns since 1976, when the current budget and appropriations process was implemented. "They're not following my agenda".

"The only problem I have with Mitch McConnell is that, after hearing Repeal & Replace for 7 years, he failed!" "That should NEVER have happened!"

A White House official said Trump was specifically referring to a bill to extend emergency funding to the multibillion-dollar Veterans Choice program, which pays for veterans to receive care from private doctors if they face long wait times or travel distances.

The House has already passed a spending bill with funding for the wall.

Democrats have been talking about using the debt ceiling as a lever against Republican tax reform since June and laid out their conditions for working together on tax legislation in an August 1 letter to Trump and Republican leaders. "It's a bad precedent to try to use the debt ceiling for leverage for other political objectives", said Representative John Yarmuth, the top Democrat on the House Budget Committee. But, Cole said, he expects the debt ceiling to be raised without the changes he wants.

Moody's Investors Service said in a report Thursday that "the probability that a debt payment would be missed is low". Standard & Poor's estimated the 2013 shutdown cost the US economy $24 billion.

Trump retweeted the series, titled "The Best Eclipse Ever!" from Twitter user, @JerryTravone. Trump wrote, "James Clapper, who famously got caught lying to Congress, is now an authority on Donald Trump".

You can listen to the episode here, or subscribe to the show on iTunes here.

Within a 24-hour span, Trump delivered one speech in which he tore into the media and members of his own party, and a second in which he called for national unity and love. The night before, the president cut loose in Arizona, defying instructions from his aides to stick to the script and angrily renewing his fight with the press.

House Speaker Paul Ryan (right) tours an engine plant Thursday in Everett, Wash., with Boeing Chief Executive Officer Dennis Mullenburg.


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