Government Shutdown
There is a need to pass a bill extending routine government funding after a stopgap bill expires March 27. Without an extension, a partial government shutdown would occur. Congress must pass this spending bill, called a continuing resolution or “CR,” which would continue spending after Sept. 30, 2013, the end of the 2013 fiscal year. As it stands now, the government’s legal authority to borrow more money runs out in mid-October, 2013. According to the Bipartisan Policy Center, if that date arrived on October 18, the Treasury “would be about $106 billion short of paying all bills owed between October 18 and November 15. The congressionally mandated limit on federal borrowing is currently set at $16.7 trillion. The debt limit has been raised 13 times since 2001 and has grown from about 55 percent of Gross Domestic Product in 2001 to 102 percent of GDP last year.

Trump lost round one, but we’ll now see if Pelosi wants any deal.

from The Wall Street Journal,

After the Shutdown Fiasco.

President Trump cut his growing political losses on Friday by agreeing to reopen the government for three weeks pending new border-spending negotiations. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi emerges as the winner in this showdown, at least in the short term. We’ll now see if she’s serious about negotiating a deal on immigration or simply wants to humiliate Mr. Trump.

Mr. Trump’s problem now is that he is still largely at Mrs. Pelosi’s mercy. He said Friday that without money for his wall he’ll shut down the government again in three weeks or declare an emergency himself and use funds from other accounts to fund the wall. Democrats win in either outcome. Mr. Trump would be blamed for another shutdown, and an emergency declaration would be enjoined by the courts or set a precedent that the next President could exploit to go around a GOP Congress. An emergency will also divide Republicans more than Democrats. The only way for Mr. Trump to improve his negotiating position is to reframe the political debate by seeking a larger deal on border security and immigration. Mr. Trump laid out the narrow outlines of this deal last Saturday, offering enhanced legal status for so-called Dreamer immigrants and other expiring visa holders in return for money for border security. That at least offers Democrats something they claim to want. Mrs. Pelosi still might withhold the money, bowing to her left wing that wants to deny Mr. Trump any accomplishment. Mr. Trump can’t control for such bloody-mindedness. But he can make Mrs. Pelosi pay a price for it by making his offer again and again.

Instead of merely repeating a litany of border woes, he could show his reasonableness on immigration by appearing with Dreamers.

This will also be a test for Mrs. Pelosi, or it should be. Does she want to ease the deportation fears of more than a million residents, or does she want to spite Mr. Trump and flog immigration as a political issue through 2020? The risk for Democrats is that, sooner or later, the voters will figure out that Democrats are using the Dreamers and undocumented immigrants as political pawns. That’s the case Mr. Trump should be making to the voters to recover from this shutdown fiasco.

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