Mar 30, 2011

More Democrats Rooting For A Politically-Motivated Government Shutdown

Less than a day after Sen. Chuck Schumer and former DNC Chairman Howard Dean called on Democrats to put party politics ahead of any effort to avoid a government shutdown, more Democrats privately have joined the calls for a politically-motivated shutdown.

More Democrats Have Privately Claimed Their Party Will Benefit From A Shutdown. “More Democrats acknowledge privately they believe that they win either way — Republican leaders cut a deal or take the heat for a shutdown.” (Jonathan Allen and Meredith Shiner, “Republicans Seize On Democrats’ Shutdown Talk,” Politico, 3/30/11)

  • “If Democrats Want To Avoid A Government Shutdown, They Have A Funny Way Of Showing It.” (Jonathan Allen and Meredith Shiner, “Republicans Seize On Democrats’ Shutdown Talk,” Politico, 3/30/11)

Democrats Have Embraced “A Breakdown In Governance.” “But even with Graham conceding they’ve got a weak hand, it’s a hell of a gamble for Democrats to embrace a breakdown in governance.” (Jonathan Allen and Meredith Shiner, “Republicans Seize On Democrats’ Shutdown Talk,” Politico, 3/30/11)

It’s time for Democrats to stop putting politics ahead of policy and join House Republicans in passing a long-term spending plan that cuts spending and avoids a government shutdown.