The partial government shutdown shows no sign of ending and the impact is becoming more and more pronounced. Unpaid TSA agents aren’t showing up for work, causing potentially a “massive security risk.” E-Verify is out of commission, making it easier for unwitting or unscrupulous employers to hire illegal workers.
The Trump administration is promising to figure out the issue of the IRS issuing tax refunds and hungry Americans getting their food stamps, but it’s not clear how these work-arounds will actually work or for how long.
In the meantime, Senate Democrats are getting increasingly frustrated.
GOP leader Mitch McConnell and Democratic leader Chuck Schumer had previously worked out a budget deal that passed the Senate before Trump flip-flopped and said he wouldn’t sign it, grinding the proposal to a halt in the House of Representatives. Now Trump’s party no longer controls the House and he has even less leverage, but nonetheless, he’s not budging.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is moving forward with other legislation in the Senate and refusing to take up the bill Nancy Pelosi brought up upon taking power in the House, a bill to re-open the government.
But Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer wants to hold off on anything until the government is open, including the pro-Israel bill McConnell wanted to bring to a vote. The bill supports Israel by allowing state and local governments to divest from entities that boycott, divest from, or sanction Israel because of its occupation of the West Bank, according the Washington Examiner. Even though it previously had some Democratic support, Schumer told his caucus to vote ‘no’ to make a point.
They can’t even set aside their differences to support Israel, which doesn’t bode well for what’s to come this year in Congress.