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Republicans are responsible for shutdown

What a bunch of losers Republicans are. They have majorities in both chambers, control of the executive branch, and, still, they cannot govern.

For once, there was a reasonable bipartisan proposal on DACA, worked out over months by Democratic Sen. Dick Durbin and Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham. The proposal would have garnered Democratic support needed to avoid a government shutdown. But an irrational and unpredictable Republican President sabotaged it when he inexplicably torpedoed the DACA proposal at his infamous excrement meeting, understandably forfeiting support for the legislation.

The Republican President has precipitated a deplorable state of affairs. His dangerous unpredictability and his constant lying provide Democratic lawmakers no reason to reach across the aisle on any kind of legislation because, frankly, neither Democratic nor Republican lawmakers can trust Donald Trump to support bipartisan bills.

Congress finds itself mired in a legislative bog created by Republicans. They made it; they own it. And it is Republicans who bear the full responsibility of trying to extricate Congress from the stinking mess. Given Republicans’ track record to govern so far, I’m expecting to be holding my nose for a long time.

Steven Pokorny

Urbandale

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