Here Are All the Senators Who Tried to Keep the Government Shut Down

January 22, 2018Jan 22, 2018

According to the Daily Caller, the Senate passed a bill to keep the government funded through early February. The bill was passed on Monday afternoon after the government had been shut down for three days. 

Nearly 81 Senators voted in favor of the bill to re-open the government, while 18 Democrats and 2 Republicans voted against the bill. Here's the list. 

Mike Lee (R-Utah) Rand Paul (R-Ky.) Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) Cory Booker (D-N.J.) Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) Kamala D. Harris (D-Calif.) Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii) Patrick J. Leahy (D-Vt.) Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.) Robert Menendez (D-N.J.) Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) Jon Tester (D-Mont.) Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.)

Next, the Senate is expected to pass the short-term spending bill, and will then send it back for a vote in the House and then to Trump for a presidential signature. 

According to the Washington Post, the bipartisan deal to reopen the government came after Senate Democrats offered up their votes in exchange for Republican leaders to let the Senate debate on a bill to protect dreamers. After the government shut down occurred on Saturday, both sides discussed over the weekend. Eventually, 27 Democrats changed their vote and 3 Republican changed theirs, providing for enough votes to move forward. 

The New York Times reports that the Senators who voted not to re-open the government all did so for a variety of reasons. Many Democrats were unwilling to risk the chance of no deal being made to protect dreamers, claiming that they don't trust Mitch McConnell to follow through on his word. 

They were also unhappy with a message delivered to those who called the White House on Monday morning. In short, a comment line reminded callers that the federal government was closed, and it outright claimed that Trump blames Senate Democrats. 

“Unfortunately, we cannot answer your call today because congressional Democrats are holding government funding for our troops and other national security priorities hostage to an unrelated immigration debate,” a recording said. “Due to this obstruction, the government is shut down.”

Senator Rand Paul, who is perhaps the most notable fiscal hawk in the Senate, believes that government shutdowns are a "blame game." He added that it is "ridiculous" on both sides, and claims that any assertion that he "doesn't want to fund the military" isn't at all true.

"Everybody wants to fund the military," said Paul. "Nobody wants our soldiers not to be paid. But, when both sides do it, I think the American people see through it. It's gamesmanship and it's partisanship."

For this reason, he proposed a compromise to reopen the government: a promise to Democrats of a week of votes on immigration. He claims, according to Politico, that Democrats were unwilling to go along with his compromise.

Paul himself voted against re-opening the government because he claims that massive spending cuts need to ensue. When asked about the possibility of limiting chain migration and building a wall, he claimed that he can support it, though he also claimed that a $20 billion price tag on the proposed wall is too expensive. 

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