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Murphy Preemptively Blames GOP for Shutdown, Does Not Address His Role in January Shutdown

July 30, 2018 By Staff
Murphy Preemptively Blames GOP for Shutdown, Does Not Address His Role in January Shutdown

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:

Murphy’s tweet appeared to be a response to President Trump’s tweet that he “would be willing to ‘shut down’ [the] government.”

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.

Murphy even voted to effectively keep the government shutdown going, several days later, but failed when he came out on the wrong side of an 81-18 vote to reopen government.

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.