White House spokesman Eric Schultz blamed Republicans on Friday, in both houses of Congress for not passing a continuing resolution which is needed to keep the US government from shutting down.
When asked by Darlene Superville, Schultz didn’t hold back on his criticism on the Republicans as he blamed them for any potential shutdown.
“We should just take a step back and remember that the fact that we are even talking about this is an indication of the failure of Republicans to govern,” Schultz said. “They come to Washington and they hold majorities in both houses of Congress, and they come to Washington with a basic responsibility. At the top of that list is funding the government.”
Schultz believes that Republicans will still pass a continuing resolution by the deadline on Friday midnight. He also noted that Democrats are focused on the multiple provisions connected with the funding of retired coal workers and the water system in Flint, Michigan.
“These are coal miners who work for decades in treacherous conditions and who earn these benefits. Unfortunately the proposal that the Republicans are floating only takes care of them for a few months. We believe that’s not right,” Schultz added.
According to Schultz, Republicans don’t provide the city with the funding people need, and choose to play games instead.
However, Republicans in Congress deny any connection with the potential government shutdown. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R., Ky.) explains his views on this matter.
[Sen. Joe] Manchin insists that Democrats will settle for nothing less than a year-long extension of health-care benefits for those miners. But McConnell told Politico they will have to settle for what they have now and continue the fight in 2017.
“The difficulty here is they are having a hard time taking yes for an answer. I represent a lot of coal miners, I’m concerned about this issue. I had hoped we’d get a year. But we’ve got until the end of April to get at it again,” McConnell said in an interview on Friday–a point he stressed on the Senate floor later that morning.
Asked if the government would shut down, the GOP leader replied: “I certainly hope not. There’s no reason for it.”
Senate Minority Whip Dick Durbin (D., Ill.) said on Friday morning he won’t force his members to vote “no” for the spending bill.
A White House Office of Management and Budget spokesperson said that Federal agencies started off their preparations for the potential shutdown on Friday afternoon.
“At this time, prudent management requires that the government plan for the possibility of a lapse and OMB is working with agencies to take appropriate action,” an OMB spokesperson explained. “It is our hope that this work will ultimately be unnecessary and that there will be no lapse in appropriations.”
Do you think this bill issue will reach dangerous limits? Who is to be blamed for the entire situation? Who is in charge of the whole mess?