What hypocrites! So when Trump says I wont sign the bill unless … and he is called mean spirited and wrong. Schumer says If you give me what I want and Ill give you what you want and he is a hero?
Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) blocked a request to pay the Coast Guard on Thursday after Republicans refused to also open the rest of the federal government.
Sen. John Kennedy (R-La.) tried to take up legislation to pay the Coast Guard, which is part of the Department of Homeland Security.
Schumer blocked the request after first asking if Kennedy would modify his request to instead reopen the quarter of the government currently closed.
“President Trump is responsible not only for thousands of Coast Guard personnel not getting paid but hundreds of thousands of other federal employees also not getting paid,” Schumer said.
Kennedy said he would not modify his legislation because it would then be vetoed by Trump.
“It will be a futile, useless exercise. Now, we can go through it if you want to. You can spend all day trying to teach a goat how to climb a tree, but you’re better off hiring a squirrel,” said Kennedy, who is known for his colorful colloquialisms.
When Kennedy rejected Schumer’s request to fully reopen the government, the Senate Democratic leader in turn rejected his request to pay the Coast Guard.
“I would remind him whether it’s squirrel, jack rabbit or armadillo, that we are the number one branch of government, and we have veto override power. We could get the powers paid even if he won’t sign it,” Schumer said.
The back-and-forth comes as the Senate is expected to take votes on two proposals later Thursday that would reopen the government. Both are expected to fail.
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