In response to Steven Pokorny’s Jan. 23 letter “Republicans are responsible for shutdown”:
Obviously in “holding his nose” he hasn’t seen what is going on this past year. The Durbin-Graham proposal had no funding for the wall, just approval which already passed several years ago. It lacks funding. He would know that Republicans have a majority in the Senate but lack a 60-vote majority needed to pass most bills. Democrats have stopped President Donald Trump’s appointments. When there is a new president, it has been common practice for attorneys in the Attorney General’s Office to resign, so new ones can be appointed. This didn’t happen this time, Trump had to fire one to get them out.
He missed seeing a booming economy, unemployment at a record low (lowest ever for women and African Americans). A reduction in income taxes for most people. Companies passing tax savings to employees or using them to expand their businesses. Many companies are returning production to the U.S.
The shutdown was Sen. Chuck Schumer’s attempt to get something not related to budget attached to the continuing spending resolution. He then demanded a 60-vote approval for consideration of the bill.
The president was consistent throughout all of this. He didn’t fall for Durbin’s attempt to push DACA without agreement on the other parts. Others in the meeting also used strong language. They were not mentioned to the press by Durbin. Trump has done more to keep the campaign promises he made than most past president, despite the Democrats refusing to acknowledge he won.