‘Little Or No Appetite’ For Another Shutdown: GOPers Squirm At Prospect

on September 17, 2018 in Washington, DC.
WASHINGTON, DC - SEPTEMBER 17: Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) answers questions from reporters on allegations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh on Capitol Hill September 17, 2018 in Washington, DC. Collins sa... WASHINGTON, DC - SEPTEMBER 17: Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) answers questions from reporters on allegations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh on Capitol Hill September 17, 2018 in Washington, DC. Collins said it is important to get both sides of the story in the allegations, but indicated if Kavanaugh is found to have been untruthful it would be grounds for disqualifying his nomination. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images) MORE LESS

Senate Republicans still feel bruised from the last shutdown and increasingly worried that no deal will be struck, leaving President Donald Trump with the option to shutter the government over his border wall once again.

According to a Monday Politico report, Republicans are caught between a rock and a hard place: loyalty to the President and the optics of voting for more pain for federal workers.

For now, they’re praying that the bipartisan committee can finagle a compromise before the temporary opening is over.

Last time, the defection of six Republicans who voted for a Democratic bill to reopen the government was the straw that broke the camel’s back: Trump called Sen. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) soon after the vote to concede that the shutdown had to end.

“There is little or no appetite for it,” said Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME). “Those who thought that shutdowns were a good idea have been disabused by that.”

Dear Reader,

When we asked recently what makes TPM different from other outlets, readers cited factors like honesty, curiosity, transparency, and our vibrant community. They also pointed to our ability to report on important stories and trends long before they are picked up by mainstream outlets; our ability to contextualize information within the arc of history; and our focus on the real-world consequences of the news.

Our unique approach to reporting and presenting the news, however, wouldn’t be possible without our readers’ support. That’s not just marketing speak, it’s true: our work would literally not be possible without readers deciding to become members. Not only does member support account for more than 80% of TPM’s revenue, our members have helped us build an engaged and informed community. Many of our best stories were born from reader tips and valuable member feedback.

We do what other news outlets can’t or won’t do because our members’ support gives us real independence.

If you enjoy reading TPM and value what we do, become a member today.

Latest News
Comments
Masthead Masthead
Founder & Editor-in-Chief:
Executive Editor:
Managing Editor:
Associate Editor:
Investigations Desk:
Reporters:
Newswriters:
Director of Audience:
Editor at Large:
General Counsel:
Publisher:
Head of Product:
Director of Technology:
Associate Publisher:
Front End Developer:
Senior Designer: