(Washington, DC) – Vice President Mike Pence is sharing his thoughts on the government shutdown. While on his way to the Middle East, Pence said that Senate Democrats chose to put politics ahead of the national defense and ahead of meeting the obligations of the national government. He called it unacceptable and disappointing to millions of Americans. The Vice President is traveling to Egypt, Jordan and Israel for four days to discuss moving the U.S. Embassy. The government ran out of money at midnight, Eastern time after the Senate failed to advance a spending extension.
The House approved a one-month spending extension Thursday night. The effects of a shutdown will start being felt Monday morning when federal offices normally reopen. The shutdown occurs on the first anniversary of President Trump’s inauguration.
Amid the shutdown, Trump cancelled his trip to Florida this weekend. He woke up early tweeting that the Democrats care more about immigrants than they do the US Army.
A poll shows that Americans are putting the blame on Trump and the GOP’s shoulders. A “Washington Post”/ABC News poll says nearly 50-percent of Americans believe that Republicans in Congress are responsible for the shutdown; blaming them for a lack of compromise on issues like immigration laws, border security and alt-right agendas. Nearly 30-percent of Americans blame the Democrats for the shutdown, while some believe both parties are equally as responsible.
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer says he spoke with President Trump before the vote Friday and agreed to compromise on a U.S.-Mexico border wall in exchange for strong protections for illegal immigrants covered by the DACA program. He said Trump backed off the deal, and is responsible for “the Trump shutdown.” Schumer said Republicans control the legislative process and it’s their job to keep the government open.