Speaker of the Home Paul Ryan is slinking off the political stage this week in good kind, throughout a authorities shutdown which he is performed nothing to forestall or to finish. Neither the Home nor the Senate is working at this time, and will not be again in till Monday, with no indication they intend to vote on something. Which implies Particular person 1 goes to be coping with Nancy Pelosi, and it is going to be an entire different ball sport.
First step on January three when the brand new Congress is sworn in will likely be a vote to cease the shutdown, and whereas management is contemplating a lot of choices for that spending invoice, $5 billion for Trump’s wall is not in any of them. “We would like … the federal government open, and my hope is we will get it opened earlier than Jan. three,” mentioned Rep. Jim McGovern (D-MA), the brand new Guidelines Committee chairman. “If not, one of many first issues we’ll do will likely be to maneuver to cross laws to reopen the federal government. And the president can resolve whether or not he desires to signal it or not.”
That additionally means placing strain on Senate Majority Chief Mitch McConnell. One of many choices they’re thought-about, Democratic sources inform Politico, is together with a number of funding choices within the guidelines bundle for the brand new Congress that they’re going to cross very first thing. That offers McConnell choices to select from, placing the general public onus on him to work with the Democrats who will likely be exhibiting their flexibility and eagerness to work with him. Pelosi and Senate Democratic chief Chuck Schumer have agreed on one factor—what will not be in that bundle is greater than $1.three billion for border safety.
What will likely be in that bundle is again pay for the 800,000 federal employees who’ve seen their paychecks stolen by Donald Trump.