FOUR CONGRESSMEN THANK AMERICANS FOR CALLS, TEXTS, EMAILS
by Sharon Rondeau
A continuing resolution (CR) bill passed out of the House on Thursday night in a 217-185 vote after a number of Republicans flew back to Washington to cast their votes.
As the four congressmen — Jim Jordan, Scott Perry, Mark Meadows and Jody Hice — took turns expressing their views Friday afternoon, they said that the Senate is voting on the bill, which will determine whether or not there is a partial government shutdown beginning at 12:01 a.m. Saturday, “right now.”
The Facebook live session lasted 11 minutes and 22 seconds and was afterward available on a replay basis.
On Friday morning, President Trump urged Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to invoke the “nuclear option,” meaning a rule change to require a simple majority vote on the measure rather than the customary 60 votes in the upper chamber, in order to pass the CR, which would keep all aspects of the government open until February 8 and provide more than $5 Billion for the border wall.
Democrats have opposed the idea of a physical barrier between the U.S. and Mexico although stating that they favor “border security.”
Trump has said he will not sign a CR which does not contain funding for the wall.
Republicans will cede control of the House of Representatives in early January when the 116th Congress is seated in accordance with the results of the 2018 midterm elections.
The congressmen closed the discussion by thanking their constituents and “Merry Christmas.”