"The wall Donald Trump is building is between us and Hispanics"
-Lindsey Graham, 9/2/15
“I’ve hit a wall here"
-Lindsey Graham announcing end of campaign, 12/21/15.
"No Wall Money, No Deal."
-Lindsey Graham, 12/28/18
But Democrats, meanwhile, plan to spread the narrative that Trump is to blame. After all, the shutdown began while he and Republicans controlled both houses of Congress.
“We want … the government open, and my hope is we can get it opened before Jan. 3,” Rep. Jim McGovern (D-Mass.), the incoming Rules Committee chairman, told Politico. “If not, one of the first things we’ll do will be to move to pass legislation to reopen the government. And the president can decide whether he wants to sign it or not.”
McGovern tried, on Thursday, to introduce a bill to reopen the government during a pro forma session, but Republicans refused to recognize him. “Mr. Speaker, 800,000 federal employees don’t know whether they will get paid! Mr. Speaker!” McGovern said on the House floor.
House Democrats are considering one strategy that may temporarily reopen the government until February 8th. Since the Senate already passed a continuing resolution to do so, they feel that Republican Majority Leader Mitch McConnell would push that measure through. Other options include passing appropriations for all parts of the government except Homeland Security, which is where the wall funding would come from, or adopting a continuing resolution to fund agencies through the end of the fiscal year.