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Why Chuck Schumer is Lying About Wanting Trump to Sign This Budget Bill

This plea is a lie. Schumer would love nothing more than to have Trump refuse to sign this bill.

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Senator Chuck Schumer can’t be trusted even when he is claiming to agree with you. His short speech about how he hopes President Trump will sign the newest budget bill is a perfect example of how he lies even when he is claiming to agree with something.

Over the last weekend a tentative deal was reached between Republicans and Democrats to pass a budget bill that has compromises in it to spend money on Trump’s border security plans and other provisions. As the next few days wore on, Democrats and Republicans began lining up over the bill, some for, some against. But whatever individuals think, the prevailing feeling is that Trump will sign the bill.

The bill is a true compromise. Trump and the GOP get some things and the Democrats get some things. Granted it is more of a move by the left. After all, Pelosi said she would spend no money on Trump’s security ideas and even called them “immoral,” but now there is money in the bill for the very thing she called “immoral.” Clearly Pelosi has lost more high ground than Trump, with this compromise.

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Anyway, this article is not to discuss the efficacy of the bill, but to show how Democrat Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer lies about what he wants even as he pretends he supports it.

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On Wednesday, February 13, Schumer took to the floor of the U.S. Senate to urge the president to sign the bill. But in truth, Schumer does not really want that and every word he spoke is a lie aimed to force Trump not to sign the bill.

“Now, Mr. President, we have a clear and obvious way to avoid another government shutdown in 48 hours,” Schumer said Wednesday of the proposal about to be submitted for a vote.

This bill, Schumer said, would keep the government funded through September. “As with all bipartisan agreements, it’s a product of compromise. Each side gave a little, each side got a little. The conference deserves our praise,” Schumer said.

The Sen. went on:

The last time we were all in this situation, the president signaled his support for a government funding bill only to retreat at the last possible moment, precipitating the longest shutdown in our history. It was the Trump shutdown. And he now seems to admit that again. No one wants to see a rerun of that movie. The president must not repeat his mistakes of the recent past.

President Trump, sign this bill.

Neither side got everything it wanted in this bill, but both sides want to avoid another shutdown, Democrats, Republicans, House, Senate. President Trump, sign this bill.

This plea is a lie. Schumer would love nothing more than to have Trump refuse to sign this bill.

Why? Because Schumer thinks the Democrats “won” the month-long shutdown in January. And he would dearly love to have another shutdown to help the Democrats “win” another fight.
Schumer goes on to layout what he thinks is in this bill:

The parameters of the deal are good. It provides additional funding for smart, effective border security. Let me repeat that. It does not fund the president’s wall, but it does fund smart border security that both parties support. It provides humanitarian assistance and beefs up security at our ports of entry. And although it hasn’t been discussed much during the negotiations, the passage of this agreement clears the way for the six bipartisan appropriation bills that have languished. Those bills contain important priorities, including more support for infrastructure, housing, tribal health care, the census, and money to combat the opioid crisis. I look forward to passing all of these appropriations bills, alongside the D.H.S. agreement this week.

Now, we see Schumer revealing his hand. “Let me repeat that. It does not fund the president’s wall,” Schumer said pointedly.

Even as he pretends he wants the president to sign the bill, he rubs the president’s face in the fact that his wall is not provided for in the bill. Then he adds that the bill will “clear the way” to pay for free health care for illegals in certain instances.

Schumer only said all this to goad the president into anger over his losses. These are not the words of someone who wants an enemy to agree with him. This was calculated to provoke the exact opposite reaction that he was pretending to want.

“One of the last things that has to be dealt with is negotiating a good compromise on fixing some of the problems created by the Trump shutdown. We are trying to get the conferees to approve a proposal to deal with federal contracts,” Schumer added.

Here Schumer was needling the president by directly calling the last shutdown “the Trump shutdown” and blaming Trump for everything. This was not meant to cajole the president to join him, but harsh words meant to enrage Trump and cause him to refuse to sign the bill.

In other words, Schumer really hopes for the exact opposite outcome of what he pretends he wants. While he mouths the words that he wants Trump to sign the bill, his entire speech was aimed at forcing just the opposite outcome.

Schumer is a scheming liar. Period.

The full text of the Senator’s remarks:

Now, Mr. President, we have a clear and obvious way to avoid another government shutdown in 48 hours. The conference committee has done its job. It’s forged a bipartisan agreement that would keep government open through September, as well as provide additional border security. As with all bipartisan agreements, it’s a product of compromise. Each side gave a little, each side got a little. The conference deserves our praise.

The conferees deserve our praise for their hard work, commitment, and their success. This agreement is the last train leaving the station away from another dreaded government shutdown.

The last time we were all in this situation, the president signaled his support for a government funding bill only to retreat at the last possible moment, precipitating the longest shutdown in our history. It was the Trump shutdown. And he now seems to admit that again. No one wants to see a rerun of that movie. The president must not repeat his mistakes of the recent past.

President Trump, sign this bill.

Neither side got everything it wanted in this bill, but both sides want to avoid another shutdown, Democrats, Republicans, House, Senate. President Trump, sign this bill.

The parameters of the deal are good. It provides additional funding for smart, effective border security. Let me repeat that. It does not fund the president’s wall, but it does fund smart border security that both parties support. It provides humanitarian assistance and beefs up security at our ports of entry. And although it hasn’t been discussed much during the negotiations, the passage of this agreement clears the way for the six bipartisan appropriation bills that have languished. Those bills contain important priorities, including more support for infrastructure, housing, tribal health care, the census, and money to combat the opioid crisis. I look forward to passing all of these appropriations bills, alongside the D.H.S. agreement this week.

One of the last things that has to be dealt with is negotiating a good compromise on fixing some of the problems created by the Trump shutdown. We are trying to get the conferees to approve a proposal to deal with federal contracts. Thousands of federal contractors have not been reimbursed from the 35-day shutdown. This issue is still hanging in the balance. Republicans should join the junior senator from Minnesota and Democrats in approving this legislation as soon as possible. To contractors, many of them just working people, are in the same boat as government employees, except they haven’t gotten their back pay. They should. No one should stand in the way of that. It’s just not fair to them. They were hostages, just like the government workers were hostages. So I hope we can include that in these final hours of negotiations — very important.

Now, the only remaining obstacle to avoiding a government shutdown is the uncertainty of the president’s signature, so I repeat my request — Mr. President, say you’ll sign this bill. Remove the ax hanging over everyone’s head. To make progress in our democracy, you have to accept the give-and-take. You have to accept some concessions. You have to be willing to compromise. Any American president who says my way or no way does a real disservice to the American people. Mr. President — President Trump, in politics, to quote the Rolling Stones, you can’t always get what you want. It’s time to put the months of shutdown politics behind us.

Follow Warner Todd Huston on Twitter @warnerthuston.

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