As the rusty cogs of the Washington DC machine grind out yet another day’s worth of creaking, crackling soundbites, Americans are going hungry.
Now 25 days into a partial government shutdown, we have heard the stories of families, living paycheck to paycheck in the employ of our federal government, scraping together what they can to get by. It’ll be rice and beans tonight on these dinner tables, while democratic lawmakers party it up in the tropics.
As if to add insult to injury, these negligent nincompoops have now refused to meet with President Trump in order to hash out a deal, flatly ignoring his invitation.
Congressional Democrats on Tuesday rejected President Trump’s invitation to a lunch meeting at the White House to discuss border security, in the latest sign that both sides of the government shutdown standoff remain entrenched in their positions with no compromise in sight.
A senior administration official told Fox News that the president had invited Democrats to join his lunch with members of Congress in the Roosevelt Room shortly after noon. But moments before the session, White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said in a statement that nobody took them up on the offer.
And Sanders was not mincing her words.
“The President has a proposal on the table that includes additional technology at ports of entry, allows minors from Central America to seek asylum in their home country, and physical barriers between ports of entry made of steel instead of concrete,” she said. “Today, the President offered both Democrats and Republicans the chance to meet for lunch at the White House. Unfortunately, no Democrats will attend. The President looks forward to having a working lunch with House Republicans to solve the border crisis and reopen the government.
All eyes are now on the democrats, once again, to see if they can break free of their obtuse stubbornness long enough to put nearly one million Americans back to work.