Congress actually compromised on something — a spending bill to be signed this week that would last through the rest of the fiscal year. Given the current polarization in the country, that is nothing short of a miracle. But leave it to the president to ruin the one good thing happening in Washington. "Our country needs a good 'shutdown' in September to fix mess!" Trump tweeted Tuesday about the need for Democrats and Republicans to agree, shocking many. Well, leave it to Sen. Elizabeth Warren to explain to Trump that shutting down government could have repercussions.
Normally, of course, a president wouldn't say this type of thing. Democrats tweeted as much afterwards. "The President just called for a government shutdown this fall. No President has ever done anything like this," Hawaii Sen. Brian Schatz sent out. The incredulity carried over, of course, to cable news. MSNBC's Chris Matthews, talking about a possible shutdown with his guest Sen. Warren, said, "I've never seen a guy or woman, anybody, say, 'Ya, that'd be good." Warren more than agreed:
Then she got into the reasons why the shutdown is a bad move. "When the government is shut down, it costs this country literally billions, even trillions, of dollars," Warren explained. "We miss out on all kinds of contracts, we shut things down that means that tourists can't come, it is everywhere." As Marketplace explained, workers that are paid by government contract also stop spending, and it's overall a big drag on the economy. The 2013 shutdown cost the economy about $24 billion according to one estimate.
Therefore, the fact that a shutdown has been avoided should be welcomed and applauded by the president — not encouraged for the next budget showdown. Trump tweeted that the Senate rules should change to pass a budget with a simple majority, and not the filibuster-proof 60 votes that are needed now. "We either elect more Republican Senators in 2018 or change the rules now to 51 percent," Trump wrote.
The reason for the plan negotiated between the Republicans and Democrats is that we need 60 votes in the Senate which are not there! We....— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 2, 2017
either elect more Republican Senators in 2018 or change the rules now to 51%. Our country needs a good "shutdown" in September to fix mess!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 2, 2017
Warren, meanwhile, doesn't think Trump's "solutions" are worth much:
Really, what Warren is doing here is pointing out that the Republicans in Congress are better at governing than Trump is. That's not so much a compliment to the GOP senators and reps but a really bad jab at Trump himself.
Hopefully by September, when it will be time to approve spending for the next fiscal year, Trump will believe a bit more in compromise.