Trump Accuses Dems Of Pushing Gov Shutdown To Distract From GOP Tax Win

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President Donald Trump accused Democrats of cynically advocating for a government shutdown to distract from Republicans’ Wednesday passage of a comprehensive tax reform bill in a Thursday tweet.

The tweet comes shortly before the midnight Friday shutdown deadline at which point many government agencies will be forced to halt operations should Congress fail to pass a short term spending bill in time.

House Speaker Paul Ryan similarly accused Democrats of playing political games with government funding Thursday morning.

“I think the Democrats are going to try to play some partisan games today because they would love nothing more than to see a government shutdown, blame us for having it, and step on our tax cut message, tax reform message,” he told CNBC’s “Squawk Box.”

The House presented a short term spending bill Thursday that would keep the government open through Jan. 19.

“We’re just bringing a clean, what we call vanilla CR — no games, no sneaky things. Just a continuing resolution to get us through this moment to get us into next year,” Ryan told CNBC. “It’s as clean and simple as possible. It’s what the Senate on both sides of the aisle are asking us for.”

Democrats have criticized the stop gap spending measure, which provides $2.85 billion in funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program, because it fails to address the fate of immigrants affected by Trump’s roll back of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. Democratic leadership has also expressed concern about the lack of assurances for social welfare programs in the spending bill.


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