The right has log claimed that Dems don’t care who they hurt, they only care about political power.
Here are a few moments from when Congress was teetering on the brink of a shutdown that suggest there may be truth in that claim.
As we know from the result — the newspapers don’t have giant headlines with the ‘war declared’ font telling us that the government has been shut down — which means that any hopes the press had of blaming the ‘extreme MAGA’ GOP for a shutdown have been dashed. For now, at least.
But credit where it’s due, the Democrats tried.
Here is a vote where Dems wanted to call it a night despite still having hours of negotiating time still ahead of them. If you listen, you will hear more than a few ‘yea’ votes.
WOW: Democrats just tried to adjourn the House of Representatives and go home — with just hours to go until they shut down the government.
Democrats have zero interest in paying our troops, securing our border, and ending inflationary spending. pic.twitter.com/UoK0UKN3Ih
— RNC Research (@RNCResearch) September 30, 2023
Here is the general lack of concern about the looming shutdown from Joe’s Press Secretary:
Joe Biden’s complete lack of leadership and unwillingness to negotiate is leading to a government shutdown. pic.twitter.com/3oCdU0MykK
— GOP (@GOP) September 30, 2023
In past shutdowns, there has been unanimous votes in favor of a provision to pay active military. But when Ted Cruz proposed such a provision this time, it had a different reaction.
— GOP (@GOP) September 29, 2023
The libs not only wanted a shutdown — they were confident that the GOP would be blamed for it, so they were looking for ways to make it painful for Americans.