WASHINGTON (Gray DC) -- Lawmakers are trying to beat the clock to avoid a government shutdown. Congress is trying to finalize a deal that will provide a short term funding solution for government operations. Senator Mike Rounds (R-SD) this Band-Aid fix is not how things should be done.
“It points to the dysfunction that we have in Washington right now,” said Rounds.
With the funding battle at a boiling point, South Dakota Senator Mike Rounds is not thrilled with the way things are cooling off. Congress is preparing to pass a short-term status quo funding package that will keep government doors open until early next year rather than fully funding the government through all of 2019.
“It points to the fact that during this transition from Republican control in the House to Democrat control in the House, that there’s going to be changes in what will be acceptable,” said Rounds.
Rounds says Republicans may have missed their chance to push some of their more polarizing priorities like funding a border wall. Democrats take control of the House of Representatives in a few weeks after picking up a majority during midterm elections.
“They’re just simply saying we’re going to make a better deal after the first of the year,” said Rounds.
President Trump said last week he’d be proud to shutdown the government over the border wall. A political expert tells us that gave immediate victory to the Democrats.
“Not only was his kind of ‘go big moment’ on tape, but it also allowed the Democrats to say, ‘Look, we’re not the ones being recalcitrant,’” said Lara Brown, director of the George Washington University School of Political Management.
Brown says the president’s demands for a wall are based on a misguided belief that it’s the number one concern of Americans.
“It is purely the president’s belief that his political base will walk away from him if he walks away from that priority. And while that may be true, his base is not the whole country,” said Brown.
Congress and the president have until midnight Friday to reach a funding deal, or parts of the government will shut down.