Republicans are choosing to shut down the federal government instead of addressing critical priorities that have broad bipartisan support—the Dream Act, children’s health insurance program (CHIP), and disaster relief funding.

This is the fourth time Republicans have tried to kick the can down the road. Their incompetence has real consequences.

Enough is enough. No one wants a shutdown. There are bipartisan agreements on the table to avert one. Republicans control the House, Senate and White House. If they can pass a historically unpopular, trillion dollar tax cut for their donors, they can definitely pass bipartisan legislation now.

Sign and send a message to Senator Dianne Feinstein and Senator Kamala D. Harris: Thank you for holding the line. Please stay strong. I have your back.

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CHIP funding ran out in September. Donald Trump rescinded DACA in September. Parts of Puerto Rico still don’t have electricity and their Medicaid funding is almost gone. Each of these priorities should have been addressed months ago. Democrats have repeatedly held up their end of the deal by piecing together bipartisan compromises in both the House and the Senate—they have even made concessions their base opposes in order to avert a shutdown.

Conversely, Mitch McConnell, Paul Ryan and Donald Trump have continued to negotiate in bad faith and refuse to bring the bipartisan legislation to the floor. Their refusal to compromise isn’t governance—it’s reckless obstruction at the expense of this country.

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When Republicans withheld their votes in 2011 and 2013 during previous shutdown fights, they did it to pass divisive, partisan goals. The goals Democrats are fighting for are embraced by Americans across the political spectrum. There is no reason for Republicans to block this legislation.

Democrats are doing all they can to help Republicans govern. But they can’t negotiate any more than they have. Republicans have to come to the table too. Let’s make sure Democrats know we have their backs.

Add your name: Make sure Senator Dianne Feinstein and Senator Kamala D. Harris knows that we support them holding the line against Republican intransigence.

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Keep fighting,
Monique Teal, Daily Kos