Government Shutdown Watch

Ken AshfordCongress, Economy & Jobs & Deficit, Immigration and Xenophobia, Trump & AdministrationLeave a Comment

Last night, the House passed a continuing resolution bill that included the $5 billion for a border wall, which Trump wanted. but the bill is DOA in the Senate and, we’re told, has no chance of passing.

Trump is unchained. Mattis resigned yesterday after Trump’s decision, contra his advisers and, well, everyone, to pull out of Syria leaving a huge vacuum to be filled by nobody good.

As chaotic as this presidency has been, this feels to many like it is something different. This Trump at his rawest and most unhinged.

The Dow has bounced up 90 points this morning after falling almost 500 yesterday, but given its recent volatility, not to mention the volatility of the president, who knows where it will end up today.

Just a week ago Trump proudly declared that:

I will shut down the government. I am proud to shut down the government. I will take the mantle.

And at midnight tonight. that is exactly what will happen. Updates throughout the day, probably.

As for killing the filibuster (the “nuclear option”), both Jeff Flake and Orrin Hatch have come out against it (so far). Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), who also is retiring early next month, said he would “continue to follow rules relative to legislation as they exist today as I finish my term.”  And Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), the chairman of the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, added that he would also not vote to use the nuclear option.  So the nuclear option isn’t happening.

UPDATE — this is how bad things are….

UPDATE – 3:45 pm:
The Senate is taking a vote to see if the bill should go to the floor for a vote. The vote has been open since 12:30 so that Senators can fly back to vote. Right now, the votes are 44 yes, 46 no. Republican Jeff Flake was a no, so this might not even pass.

Meanwhile, the Dow is down 360 points.

UPDATE: Dow closed 414 points down. The worst week on Wall Street in 10 years.

Reportedly, now in Schumer’s office:
VP Pence
Mick Mulvaney
Jared Kushner

UPDATE: Something’s up.And this might be the last word…