Congress Should Avoid Government Shutdown With a Bipartisan Deal to Protect Federal Funding
On April 19, 2017, The Atlantic reported on “How Trump’s First 100 Days Could End in a Government Shutdown.”
Writes Russell Berman, “The historical marker on April 29 will coincide with the expiration of federal funding unless Congress can strike a bipartisan deal in time.”
If Congress does not work out a bipartisan deal around the pending expiration of federal funding, President Trump will spend his 100th day telling the public why his federal government will partially shut down.
On April 28, 2017, most federal government departments will run out of funding. While Congress was on a two-week recess, House and Senate staffers worked on and negotiated a spending bill designed to fund the last five months of the current fiscal year.
“Despite their minority status in Washington, Democrats are feeling bullish about the talks, and the 100-day marker is a big reason why. Still reeling from their failure to repeal the Affordable Care Act, Republican leaders have little appetite for an all-out brawl that could result in a shutdown at a time when they are trying to prove to their constituents they can effectively run the country.”
It is believed that Trump will not end up with a spending bill that contains all of his administration’s priorities.
“Democrats have leverage in the negotiations because Republicans will need eight of their votes to clear a filibuster in the Senate and because conservatives in the House have been reluctant in recent years to vote for any bill that appropriates significant amounts of taxpayer money. Democrats are using that power to refuse to grant Trump any of the $1.4 billion he sought to begin development of his signature southern border wall, and Republican leaders have signaled they are content to delay a debate on the issue until Congress considers funding for 2018. Nor is the president likely to see the $18 billion in cuts to domestic programs the White House is seeking this fiscal year to help offset the boost in military spending that Trump wants even more.”
Keeping the government open should be a priority. A government shutdown would have a devastating effect on many government departments including the U.S. Dept. of Housing and Urban Development (HUD.)