Murphy Preemptively Blames GOP for Shutdown, Does Not Address His Role in January ShutdownJuly 30, 2018
The junior senator is looking to put political points on the board ahead of a possible government shutdown in September or October.
The federal government runs out of spending authority on September 30, and Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) is already looking to blame Republicans if something goes wrong.
Murphy suggested the GOP will be solely to blame if there’s a government shutdown this fall, in a tweet sent Sunday morning:
Pro tip on who’s responsible if government shuts down this fall:
(a) Republicans control House
(b) Republicans control Senate
(c) Republican President just told
you he wants to shut down the
government in the fall
— Chris Murphy (@ChrisMurphyCT) July 29, 2018
Murphy’s tweet appeared to be a response to President Trump’s tweet that he “would be willing to ‘shut down’ [the] government.”
I would be willing to “shut down” government if the Democrats do not give us the votes for Border Security, which includes the Wall! Must get rid of Lottery, Catch & Release etc. and finally go to system of Immigration based on MERIT! We need great people coming into our Country!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 29, 2018
But Murphy isn’t telling the complete story.
First, Republicans do control the Senate, but they need 60 votes to end debate on any government funding bill. That means at least nine Democrats – or 10, if Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) is still out due to his health – would need to vote with all Republicans to advance debate on a bill to effectively keep government open.
This ties into the second reason why Murphy is not telling the full story. He voted, with 41 other Democrats, to shut down the government in January 2018.
Murphy defended his vote to shut down the government after he voted.
This continuing resolution was bad for Connecticut. No way I could vote for it. Giant funding cuts for community health centers, inadequate military funding, terrorizes immigrant kids.
— Chris Murphy (@ChrisMurphyCT) January 20, 2018
Most in Washington agree a shutdown in the fall would be bad. Murphy, though, may not be the one to play the blame game ahead of the next funding fight.
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