Democratic lawmakers are ready to cave.
Some Democratic lawmakers are beginning to crack on their opposition to the wall. …
Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D., Calif.) and other Democrats have expressed opposition to any funding for a wall. Pelosi even went as far as calling a border wall “immoral.”
However, some cracks are beginning to form in Democratic opposition.
“Some fencing has uses. Some barriers are useful,” Sen. Jeff Merkley (D,. Ore.) said.
“If we have a partial wall, if we have fencing, if we have technology used to keep our border safe, all of that is fine,” Rep. Cheri Bustos (D., Ill.) said.
“There are areas along the border where there are currently fences that are put up or barriers that are put up that need to be enhanced,” Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (D., N.Y.) said.
“Certainly you need barriers and we support barriers,” Sen. Ben Cardin (D., Md.) said.
“Certain physical barriers can make sense along the border, and a lot of places you already have that,” Rep. John Sarbanes (D., Md.) said.
“I think there are parts of the border that would benefit from repairing fencing and other barricades that already exist there,” Rep. Katherine Clark (D., Mass.) said. …
That’s great news.
As of right now, this is the second longest government shutdown in American history. You’d have to go back to the early 90s and the Clinton administration to find a longer one.
But if the current shutdown continues into Saturday without a deal to re-open the government, it will take over the top spot as the longest shutdown in American history.
From USA Today:
The partial government shutdown which began on Dec. 22 is now in its 20th day, and it appears likely to become the longest in U.S. history.
The longest shutdown on record lasted from Dec. 5, 1995, to Jan. 6, 1996, when Republican House Speaker Newt Gingrich and Democratic President Bill Clinton faced off over taxes. But unless there is an unexpected breakthrough, the current shutdown will surpass that mark on Saturday.
The current shutdown became the second-longest ever on Wednesday, surpassing a shutdown during the Carter administration.
About a quarter of the federal and 800,000 workers are affected by the shutdown, which is the result of an impasse between President Donald Trump and congressional Democrats over funding for a barrier on the U.S.-Mexico border. …
What do you think? Will we soon have a deal? Or a new record?