Democrats block government funding and blame Republicans for it

Reid tries to blame GOP for failure of government funding bill.

Reid tries to blame GOP for failure of government funding bill.

Senate Democrats today blocked a bill that would fund the government into December instead of shutting it down Saturday. Their excuse was that it did not contain funding for getting the lead out of the water in Flint, Mich.

The vote 45-55. Sixty were needed to move it forward.

Sen. Harry Reid — who would like nothing better than to shut down government, close parks and blame it on Republicans weeks before the election — wailed on the Senate floor:

Now, the Republican continuing resolution also ignores a two and a half year crisis in Flint, Michigan. Lead has poisoned all 100,000 people, almost 10,000 children, some of whom are babies.

Lead is a killer for children. After a short period of time, a month, a few weeks, and a child who ingests lead in any way – whether eating paint off the floor, but certainly drinking water – will affect them the rest of their lives. They won’t be as smart as they could be. They won’t be as agile as they could be. It really hurts them. And it’s not good for adults.

So after two and a half years, don’t those people deserve something? The Republican leader said, well, there’s a Water Resource Development Act bill. And I acknowledge that …

Wait a minute, a water bill? You have to go to The Wall Street Journal to get the skinny on that wrinkle in the Democrats’ scheme.

A WSJ editorial today relates that the Senate passed — 95-3 — that $9.4 billion Water Resources Development Act earlier and the House is to pass it this week. So what’s the problem?

The Democrats are simply angling for a way to blame gridlock on Republicans when they are the ones throwing a wrench in the works.

35 comments on “Democrats block government funding and blame Republicans for it

  1. Vernon Clayson says:

    Will we never be free from Harry Reid, to say nothing of Charles Shumer, I wonder if their bitter twisted personalities were caused by the lead in paint and pipes they grew up with, or maybe it was from asbestos that has always been around as fire prevention or maybe it was emission from carbon based fuel? Reid rants at the podium while Shumer in the background always looks like he just tasted something really bad. When they speak of shutting down the government they don’t mean the IRS or other government income producing agencies.

  2. It’s the same BS shell game the Dems played with the Zika funding…the dastardly bastages!

  3. Barbara says:

    The real tragedy here is that McConnell has caved to every funding request of Obama with nothing to show for conservatives. In addition to funding every liberal program, McConnell will give away the internet as well. This short term CR bill will also set up the lame duck Congress to further add to the debt. Ironically it seems conservatives fared better under Harry Reid and the Dems than under Republican control of the Senate.

  4. Steve says:

    How many times do you need to be shown, Barbara?
    They use different words and different strategies but they achieve much the same results. Democrats and Republicans are one and the same.

  5. Vernon Clayson says:

    Barbara is right except that Obama doesn’t do funding “requests”, he just spends and the Congress, both houses and parties, ask no questions. They know their place.

  6. Anonymous says:

    Barbara is most definitely “right” but unfortunately as with most on the right, they’re more concerned with being on the right, than being correct.

    It’s a big problem with the country today. Especially because, the right is far more interested than being on the right, than they are with being in the right.

    McConnell has forced the country into nearly defaulting on it’s debts more times than has ever happened on this country’s history, which of course has resulted in a higher debt, reduced economic activity, and fewer jobs. “Fortunately” for him, and his far right wing constituency, even if unfortunately for the country, those on the right, don’t seem bothered enough to get rid of him.

  7. nyp says:

    today’s Washington Post:
    “House Speaker Paul D. Ryan and Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi struck a deal late Tuesday to deliver federal aid to address the water crisis in Flint, Mich., potentially removing a major flash point in negotiations to keep the government fully operating past Friday. Under the deal, the House will vote Wednesday on an amendment to a pending water-projects bill that would authorize up to $170 million in infrastructure funds for communities such as Flint whose water systems are blighted by “chemical, physical, or biological” contaminants.”

    Thank you, Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi

  8. Athos says:

    “McConnell has forced the country into nearly defaulting on it’s debts”…… Defaulting on our debts?
    Just crank up the printing presses over at the Fed and voila! no more debt!

    (Didn’t the Green Party candidate want to just print up some money and pay off all the student debt?)

    “What a Country!”

  9. Anonymous says:

    “Our National Debt is so out of control, and the Fed is printing so much worthless fiat currency, that inflation in the US is going to exceed that of the Weimar Republic by the end of Obamas first term”

    Oh, and

    “Our dollar is going to be so worthless, that no country is ever going to want to lend us money to prop it up, and interest rates will be forced through the roof”

    And, of course,

    “The Price of gold, the only “real” money, will conservatively be priced at about 10,000 of those “worthless” fiat dollars”

  10. nyp says:

    Havent’ you been saying this about Federal Reserve policies since 2009? What has happened to inflation, interest rates and the dollar exchange rate since that time?

  11. Anonymous says:

    These guys have been saying all of the above (substituting the name of whichever democratic president happened to be in office at the time for Obama) since the Fed was created.

  12. nyp says:

    The Fedpocolypse is just around the corner!

  13. Barbara says:

    So you think the Fed bears no responsibility in income inequality? You think it was a good think that rates have been kept at 0 to.25 -.50 since 2008 and that they have added 4 trillion to their balance sheet?

  14. Steve says:

    You are asking the wrong guy, Barbara. They all think it was too little and too late. IF they had their way it would have been more like 30 trillion.

    Nevertheless, we now 4.3 trillion that will never get cleared off their balance sheet.
    And the rest of the world is in the same bucket.
    Not to mention incredibly anemic economic “growth” if you can call it that with all the negative interest rates around the world.

    Well, Democrats insisted they like “fair trade” nice way to achieve it.

  15. Nyp says:

    Barbara – sure beat plunging into another horrible depression! But how do you explain the failure of Weimar-type inflation to materialize for the past decade? After all, the economic ideology to which you subscribe confidently predicted that we would be carrying money in wheel-barrows by now. What happened? Could it possibly be the case that the economists you choose to follow were all wrong? That they are cranks?

  16. Anonymous says:

    If marginal tax rates, that the “conservatives” keep insisting are too high, we returned to those in effect even when the first President Clinton was in office, income inequality would be returned to a more historically normal range.

    Instead, what we’ve been pushed into, by the “conservatives” are marginal rates that FORCE the country into the HIGHEST rates of income (and wealth) inequality, since the days of the robber barons.

    It’s grotesque (and just plain dumb) that anyone without more than a billion dollars could support this crime.

  17. Steve says:

    Off topic but timely and local.
    Note the response from the more liberal of the two.
    I took a screener in case they delete the tweet.

    Remember this, Nyp?

  18. Steve says:

    Better link.

  19. Barbara says:

    NYP – If you will remember my previous postings and the economist I sited, Weimer type inflation was never predicted. Here is a recent post from my favorite economic blog addressing hyperinflation:

    Anon – am I understanding that you believe wealth inequality is caused by the tax rates? How about these 7 causes:

    Seven Things That Cause Inequality

    Fed-sponsored bank bailouts
    Fed interest rate suppression that punishes savers and those on fixed income
    Fed QE to goose financial assets (primarily held by the wealthy)
    Fed-sponsored inflation that benefits those with first access to money: banks, the already wealthy, and government (via property and other taxes)
    Government deficit spending, war-mongering, and other inflationary policies
    Government interference in the free markets, especially housing, health care, and education

  20. Steve says:

    To tell the truth, I can’t complain about the effects this is having on my 401k, IRA’s and drip stocks.
    Clinton would be status quo while Trump is a complete unknown and Johnson would be a fiscal conservative. Of the three, Johnson offers the most for my retirement accounts, but (from that perspective) I could stand a Clinton presidency.

  21. Anonymous says:


    Let’s agree that all the factors you cite have, to some marginal greater or lessor degree, have existed since the creation of the Federal Reserve Banking system back in 1913.

    Let’s also agree that, beginning in at least since the 1930’s the kind of government regulation, interference with markets, “and other inflationary policies” you reference have been in place.

    Let’s assume all those actions have precisely the effect that you’ve described (debating it would be pointless and for purposes of this discussion, they’re really mostly irrelevant).

    During that entire period (since the existence of the Fed, and the government actions you’ve described) NEVER has income (and wealth) inequality existed in this country to the extent which exists today with a SINGLE exception; a time before and just after the enactment of the 16th Amendment allowing for income taxes.

    Shortly after the enactment of that Amendment, and during a period when very little to no “government interference” existed (1916-1930’s) income inequality was indeed at levels approaching those which we are seeing today.

    What changed thereafter you ask? Well for one thing, rather than practically no one paying taxes, lots of upper income people started paying them. And, as a special added bonus, for purposes of greater income equality, the marginal rates they were paying were ALOT (up to 90%). Amazingly, the country absolutely thrived. Not until after Reagan did his thing, and slashed the rates on the wealthiest, did the gap start to grow, and grow, and grow, until it got to where it is today.

    A grotesque abomination that is subverting freedom for the people who live in this country.

  22. Nyp says:

    I disagree with Barbara’s contention that Medicare, Pelll Grants and elementary schools cause inequality.

  23. Athos says:

    When it comes to $20 trillion in debt for our nation, can anyone truly be stupid enough to think this will have no effect ?
    Oops! I forgot about petey and patrick!
    Never mind.

  24. Anonymous says:

    Oh contraire Athos, if that is your real name, debt ALWAYS has an impact, sometimes good, sometimes bad.

    Heck, how would Columbus have ever got here (or hereabouts) but for debt? I submit to you, that there have been few, if any, truly historic accomplishments of man that did not rely on debt at some point.

  25. Athos says:

    Thanks for the chuckle, petey. I never thought it would be possible to compare Columbus’s voyage to a $19 trillion debt bomb, but there you go!

  26. Anonymous says:

    Really? So, given that everything is relative chuckles, what do you suppose Columbus took on, relative to his worth? (And let’s give you an irrational advantage here and pretend that the value of the debt he took on back then, shouldn’t even be adjusted for inflation)

    Now do the calculation for the debt this country owes and it’s relative worth.

    Is it too hard to admit that debt has not only existed since the beginning of human existence, but that there are both advantages and disadvantages to it?


  27. Barbara says:

    All three NV Congressman – Heck, Amodei, and Hardy voted with the Democrats to pass CR bill. Heller voted against the bill.

    “This bill funded every major Democratic policy priority with no meaningful limitations on a single illegal, abusive, or harmful executive action taken by the president. It contained no limitations or reforms to Obamacare, Planned Parenthood funding, Obama’s transgender bathroom mandate on the states, sanctuary cities, or DACA amnesty. What was particularly disturbing about this blank check is that the timing of the budget deadline coincided with two new harmful unilateral policies of the Obama administration: the giveaway of oversight over internet IP addresses to a foreign entity and a net increase in refugee admission for the new fiscal year — all on top of the existing increase in refugees from the Middle East during a time of grave homeland security concerns.

    The budget bill also reflected Obama’s spending priorities instead of the spending figures reflected in the Republican budget. It wasted $1.1 billion on Zika funding that was unnecessary and funded Planned Parenthood with those extra funds. While one expects compromise with divided government, this blank check was truly breathtaking in completely reflecting Democrat values — as if Republicans had no control over Congress.”

    – See more at:

    So tell me – With this kind of voting record, it there really a significant reason to support Heck, Amodei, or Hardy?

  28. Anonymous says:

    I can’t think of any.

  29. Barbara says:

    And certainly no reason to vote for any Democrat either.

  30. nyp says:

    they should have shut down the government.

  31. Barbara says:

    Mike Lee speaking about the vote to pass the CR bill:

    “It will continue unless or until such time as we have more members willing to say, ‘No. Heck, no. I’m not voting for this on my watch, not ever. If you give me this sort of process I will vote no because my constituents demand more, they expect more, and they deserve better.’” “It is time, my fellow Americans, to expect more,” Lee said. “It’s time to expect freedom.” –

    See more at:

    I have called all three congressman who voted for this bill and also Senator Heller who voted against this bill. We need to light up the phone lines letting our representatives know we expect more.

    House Bill h573-114

    Mark Amodei Phone: (775) 686-5760

    Joe Heck :(702) 387-4941

    Cresent Hardy: (702) 912-1634

    Dean Heller 702-388-6605 775-686-5770

  32. nyp says:

    Yup, let’s shut down the government until we get our way. It’s one month before a national election, so I am sure the voters will reward such behavior.

  33. Anonymous says:

    Shutting the government down IS “their way”.

    “Drown the baby in the bathtub”.

    Graphic illustration of a conservatives viewpoint of the government but, those are their words.

  34. Barbara says:

    NYP – How do you think the Republicans took control of the Senate in 2014 and kept the House? It is the Democrats who refuse to compromise, but then why should they when McConnell and Ryan give them everything they want. Republicans are not listening to the voters. They were not sent to Washington to act like Democrats.

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