Along with the release of an intelligence memo, the biggest story in Washington is the looming government shutdown.
The shutdown is serious enough that even President Donald Trump is postponing a planned trip to his Mar-a-Lago estate until a solution can be found.
Fox News anchor Shepard Smith, who has been vocal in his opposition to Trump, had some strong opinions about the debacle in Washington.
"Never in the ... modern history of the country has there been a government shutdown when a single party is in charge of Washington. Hook, line and sinker. House, Senate, White House: one party in charge. That's it. Republicans have it all. ...
Members are set to vote at 7 p.m. tonight on a stopgap spending measure, one of those short-term bills to keep the government funded for a few weeks — again. Our senior producer on Capitol Hill, Chad Pergram, who's very plugged in, says lawmakers on both sides of the fence are daring the others across the aisle to vote against it."
This stopgap measure will only keep the government funded through Feb. 16 and will not provide protection for the “Dreamers.” It will, however, include a six-year extension of the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP), a noted compromise with Democrat demands.
Smith said that the GOP plan was to get Democrat support for the bill with the six-year extension and guilt the Democrats into voting for the children.
“This morning,” Smith said, “the president blasted out a tweet against the Republican leadership's very plan.”
CHIP should be part of a long term solution, not a 30 Day, or short term, extension!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 18, 2018
“See the thing there?” Smith asked. “It seems he wants CHIP funded, but not yet?”
After an intervention by Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (R-WI), the president is now on board with the rest of his party.
However, there is still opposition to the bill because Democrats want something more permanent.
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