Some Senate Republicans calling for an end to the shutdown, including Alaska’s Lisa Murkowski.

By |2019-01-09T11:16:32-09:00January 9th, 2019|Categories: Alaska, News, Politics|Tags: , , , , , |10 Comments

Nice to see Lisa taking point on this. 

Courtesy of CNN:

Patience is beginning to wear thin among Senate Republicans for a prolonged government shutdown, with a growing number at risk of revolting if the fight over funding President Donald Trump’s border wall drags out indefinitely.

In interviews with a wide range of Senate Republicans, a number have grown anxious about the long-term impact of a partial shutdown that has shuttered a quarter of the federal government and impacted hundreds of thousands of federal employees and contractors, including many in their states who will soon miss their first paychecks. And some GOP senators are signaling a new willingness to allow a number of key federal agencies — such as the Treasury Department, the Transportation Department and the National Park Service — to reopen even if the fight over the border wall is not resolved, breaking with the White House and Senate GOP leaders.

“I think we can walk and chew gum,” GOP Sen. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska said on Tuesday, adding she’s “amenable to a process that would allow for those appropriations bills that have concluded some time ago that they be enacted into law — whether it’s the Department of Interior or the IRS. I’d like to see that.”

In a warning sign for the White House, a number of Senate Republicans offered tepid support for the hard-line stance taken by Trump, who is backed by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. While many Republicans said they’d continue to support McConnell and Trump for now, it was clear that support won’t last indefinitely.

Just today Trump met with the Senate Republicans and when they emerged Mitch McConnell said that they were standing with Trump on his border wall.

However, clearly, they were not all united. 

I think that Murkowski is in a fairly unique position in that she could totally break from Trump on a variety of issues and suffer not one iota of political damage.

Having said that I would not count on her being too bold since as we have learned in the past, she does not stray too far from the reservation.

It is almost a certainty that if this government shutdown continues past Friday, making it the longest government shutdown in history, that Trump is likely to lose a whole lot of support from both Senate and House Republicans who recognize that it would be political suicide to continue supporting Trump and his wall. 

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  1. Beaglemom January 9, 2019 at 1:54 pm

    Murkowski is a lot like Collins. No one knows what she really thinks until she votes on a matter. Until then, we can hope for the best but count on nothing.

  2. White Rabbit January 9, 2019 at 2:19 pm

    She’s a Republican. They don’t give a rat’s ass about the federal government or federal employees, nor do they understand or care about how the federal government benefits every American – including, especially, Trumpers.

    Alaska and Maine, elect Democrats so you don’t have to pay any more attention to the bleatings of these two go along gals.Trump is their leader.

  3. Rick January 9, 2019 at 2:25 pm

    Republicans know they have to get re-elected. And this shut down is totally on Trump and the rest of the Republicans. Trump already knows he’ll never get a second term, so it’s OK by him to commit political suicide. Other Republicans, not so much.

  4. Anonymous January 9, 2019 at 3:05 pm

    Is she actually going to vote this time or take the cowardly way out again and vote present like with “i like beer” brett?

  5. CFR January 9, 2019 at 5:41 pm

    Oh so she must begetting phone calls from the coast guard furloughed employees huh? Maybe those coast guard employees should quit responding to crabbing boats going down……if that happened I wonder just how long she would be in office?
    BTW Alaskans use the coast guard an inordinate amt for their population, maybe those unpaid workers need to all “get the flu” next time a boat goes down.

    • Anonymous January 9, 2019 at 8:28 pm

      What about all the $$$$ from the federal government that is sent to AK… guess that is shut down also?

  6. Anonymous January 9, 2019 at 7:42 pm

    It was embarrassing to hear Trump walked out after 10 minutes knowing he was not going to get his 5.7 billion. Now Pence is trying to lie that crybaby didnt cry. I thought Christains were not suppose to lie? I guess these are the new Christains aye? You know the ones that wholeheartedly support an admitted pussygrabber, and racist. Guess they want the great white version of heaven with walls.

  7. Anonymous January 9, 2019 at 8:30 pm

    I read that the WH has not paid the water bill and DC is trying to decide if they should shut off the water…I say they should hold trump hostage like he is holding the federal government workers hostage and tell him to open the government or NO water!!!

    two can play his game.

  8. Anonymous January 9, 2019 at 8:48 pm

    If they have such unbelievable vehicles, why did they WALK for months from Central America… he must be doing some heavy duty drugs.

    Trump Mocked Mercilessly Over Claim Immigrants Blast Over Border In ‘Unbelievable Vehicles’

    Donald Trump told media on Wednesday that immigrants roll over the southern border in “unbelievable vehicles” which are “faster, bigger and stronger” than any our border enforcement personnel have.

    During a pool spray streamed by all of the major cable networks earlier Wednesday, Donald Trump riffed on the “unbelievable vehicles” driven by unknown immigrants, most of whom walked from Guatemala to the southern border.

    Trump: “They make a lot of money. They have the best vehicles you can buy. Stronger, bigger and faster vehicles than our police have and ICE has and Border Patrol has. So they’re pretty good at that. They have areas that they go to. It’s like a highway. And we have to close them up and if we don’t close them up you’re all kidding yourselves. Look, we can all play games. But a wall is a necessity. All of the other things, the sensors and the drones, it’s all wonderful to have and works well but only if you have the wall.”

    Twitter denizens answered the call to action, as they do…….

  9. Anonymous January 10, 2019 at 12:19 am

    We are a sad, divided country. Trump did good for putin in the scheme of things. Isnt that what the enemy does? Divide and conquer? Well played mr putin. Your next move?

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