Democrats Take Government Hostage: Threaten To Shut It Down If GOP Repeals Obamacare

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Once again Republicans have managed to box themselves in.

Just as the GOP has reportedly found enough votes among conservative Republicans to pass the latest iteration of the proposed Healthcare bill, with Freedom Caucus Mark Meadows saying "republicans will have the votes to pass" Obamacare repeal, Democrats realized that they once again have the leverage to bring this whole process to a grinding halt halt. And they are using it.

As The Hill reports, House Democrats will oppose any short-term spending bill - which is what McConnell was hoping on passing to buy one week of time - if Republican leaders attempt to expedite an ObamaCare repeal bill this week, Rep. Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) warned Thursday. In other words, Democrats are now holding the government hostage indefinitely as long as Republicans - who now have the votes to pass new healthcare legislation - threaten to repeal Obamacare.

Hoyer, the Democratic whip, spoke with House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif) Thursday morning to warn him of the Democrats' position. "If Republicans announce their intention to bring their harmful TrumpCare bill to the House Floor tomorrow or Saturday, I will oppose a one-week Continuing Resolution and will advise House Democrats to oppose it as well,” Hoyer said in an email.

“Republicans continue to struggle to find the votes to pass a bill that will kick 24 million Americans off their health coverage, allow discrimination against those with pre-existing conditions, and impose an age tax on older Americans. That's why they are trying to jam it through the House before their Members can hear from the American people this weekend about their opposition to this horrible legislation.”

"If Republicans pursue this partisan path of forcing Americans to pay more for less and destabilizing our county's health care system — without even knowing how much their bill will cost — Republicans should be prepared to pass a one-week Continuing Resolution on their own,” Hoyer said.

As the Hill adds, the threat is significant because GOP leaders will likely need Democratic votes to pass a short-term spending bill in the face of opposition from conservatives historically opposed to government funding bills. Even Trump has chimed in... again.

Ironically, as long as the GOP was split internally, and appeared it did not have enough votes to repeal Obamacare, the government shutdown was a negligible risk. However now that Democrats have realized that the new bill may just pass, they are using the biggest leverage they have: holding one-week continuing resolutions indefinitely, in the process assuring that Republicans may never be able to pass Obamacare repeal, with the government being funded on a week-by-week basis only as long as the GOP agrees not to pass such a vote.

The Democrats’ move comes as bipartisan negotiators in both chambers are getting closer to an agreement on an omnibus spending bill to prevent a government shutdown. If Congress doesn’t act before midnight Friday night, much of the federal government would shut down.

The market, naturally, has noticed, and as Citi observes "the latest bout of headlines has investors on edge - US Republicans and Senate in deep conflict. Speaking to our desks, interest seen - especially for USDJPY - appears to be largely short-term, reactionary. As we type, the market looks for a base. USDJPY now 111.20. US 10y yield at 2.2950%."

How this particular impasse will be resolved remains unclear.

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Ckierst1's picture

It isn't the Republicans shutting it down, it's the Democrats.  So let them.  GOP pols are just trying to pass legislation.  If the Dems implement this as  a strategy to halt the likely passage then it will be them obstructing the normal functioning of the bureaucracy and it will be blamed on them like it was on the Republicans when they tried a similar stunt in the 1990s with Clinton as president.  Go ahead, make our day!  Yes Virginia, the lapdog press will try to say this is different!  It isn't and this is 25 years later and there are alternative news sources.  You can already write the headlines!

beijing expat's picture

Good. Then Trump can declare a state of emergency, take control of funding, and defund the fucking libtards.


Robert Trip's picture

I thought we won it all but we can't get fuckall done.

The Democrats got their asses kicked and they get whatever they want.

How does that work?

LOL123's picture

Of the democrats 28 Jewish members, 20 serving in House and eight in senate. jews thus make up a higher proportion of upper chamber than the lower, holding 87% of the Senate vs 5% of the House...

Armed Resistance's picture

"We" and "they" is exactly what they want you to think.

Dg4884's picture

I really hate our government.

Catullus's picture

Most of the people who work around DC are democrat voters anyway. Might as well let them feel the pinch.

UrbanBard's picture

The Democrats are stuck in the past. That strategy worked during a shupdown while a Democrat was President. It was a Democrat president's choice to close the parks and monuments as nonessential services. It intentionally harmed US citizens while the Media blamed the Republicans for the lack of services.

What if Trump chooses not to do that? Who he declares as nonessential is completely at his discretion. What if he sends the whole EPA home? Or the Commerce Dept? Or the NRLB, Labor, Agriculture, Education, Energy, HHS and HUD departments? Who would even miss them? If no one did, that would be perfect confirmation that they were unnecessary. What if that balanced the budget? LOL

What if Trump never calls them back to work? 

jmack's picture

So the US government is living paycheck to paycheck....

LOL123's picture

Of the Democrats 28 Jewish members 20 serving the House and eight in the Senate 2 Jewish members of the total 30 are Republicans.

* Israeli strike hits Military Site near Damascus airpot...with it's policy in preventing IRAN smuggling weapons to Hezbollah.

Note: Iran 0 nuclear Weapons vs Israeli nuclear weapons..all bullshit, it's about the Levathan gas field located off Israel and palestin(gaza) and possibly Lebanon. The Levant Basin Province within the territorial waters of SYRIA, the Palestine Gaza strp, Israel, Lebanon and Cyprus.

Arabs lived in Peace for centuries until Rothschilds Israel moved in and then all hell broke out and Iran even has Jews living there in peace... This is and has been over oil and gas for the few money changers.

BenBache's picture

Let the government shut down.  That would let everyone find out which agencies matter and which ones don't.  Or shut down the goverrnment selectively.  Say like in blue states until their congress critters cooperate.  Conservatives talk about wanting to get rid of government, but given the chance they always go along with more and bigger government.  With WWIII coming they won't have to worry about the little stuff.

lakecity55's picture

What? The Supreme Soviet is boxed in? Never heard of such a thing. Where is Comrade Stalin?


dsty's picture

progressive gay antifada hissy fit.

passive aggressive adolescents.

Burticus's picture

REPEAL KenyanCare and SHUT 'ER the flock DOWN already!

DEMIZEN's picture

union reps of zirp matrix conglomerates and mic funded rinos, same scum.

nevertheless's picture

what a fucking joke, I hope you people are smarter than a head of cabbage....


The republicans have no intention of getting rid of Obamacare, they have already established that, or have we forgotten?

This is just Washington playing its role of right vs left, while the Zionist Jewish rulers rape the nation. 

LOL123's picture

Kushners brother is heavily invested in obamacare.... It's not going anywhere... All smoke and mirrors.

nevertheless's picture

it was never about America first, that was just for copy, this is about putting Israel first, or more precisely, more first...

JLee2027's picture

That makes no sense at all

decentralisedscrutinizer's picture


We, as a society,  really have to stop granting corporate charters to just any “Suit” that comes along without first demanding substantial assurances of redeeming social value in return. The "Divine Right Of Kings” does not apply to fictitious entities just because they are “Too Big To Fail”. We can't take the incorporation of such heinous entities for granted anymore. As a matter of political practicality, and because they’re powerful cartels, we can't attack corporations individually because they defend each other with battalions of corporate lawyers; we have to outlaw the corporate culture constitutionally.




It was a loophole in our Constitution that allowed their charters to be so easily obtained. Think about it: We had to fight a bloody Revolutionary War to win our right to incorporate as a nation – the USA. But then, out of stupidity or lack of experience, our Founders granted unrestricted corporate charters to thieves and con men with enough potential capital power to compete with the several states, smaller sovereign nations, and eventually buy out the Federal government itself. Ooooops! Now they all get together and want to buy the whole fucking Planet, coalition armies and all! How whacky is that?!?!




Seriously; an Article 5 Constitutional Convention could solve that problem in days. This is what I think it will take to change the world; and nobody gets hurt:




28th Amendment




Corporations are not persons in any sense of the word and shall be granted only those rights and privileges that Congress deems necessary for the well-being of the People. Congress shall provide legislation defining the terms and conditions of corporate charters according to their purpose; which shall include, but are not limited to:


1, prohibitions against any corporation;


a, owning another corporation,


b, becoming economically indispensable or monopolistic, or


c, otherwise distorting the general economy;


2, prohibitions against any form of interference in the affairs of;


a, government,


b, education, or


c, news media, and


3, provisions for;


a, the auditing of standardized, current, and transparent account books, and


b, the establishment of a state and municipal-owned banking system


c, civil and criminal penalties to be suffered by corporate executives for violation of the terms of a corporate charter.


ClickNLook's picture

That's a nifty reminder: we need the government for opening gates to the National Parks.

And for building the roads to the National Parks.

Anarchyteez's picture

Oh for shit sake!

Shut it down already and never reopen it!

Disgruntled Goat's picture

This is a real win-win! Repeal Obamacare AND shut down the government????......FUCKING GREAT!!!!!!

newworldorder's picture

Every time on major policy differences and legislation, the Republican Congress and Senate grabs defeat from the jaws of victory. Every time - and its not accidend.

BingoBoggins's picture

I forgot - whose turn is it? Will we have to draw straws?

I should watch more CNN, stay better informed ...