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Fri Dec 9, 2016, 08:08 PM

Democratic sources: Government shutdown unlikely to happen

A threat of a government shutdown appeared to have ended Friday evening, according to Democratic senators and aides, who believe they made their political points by holding up a funding bill that must pass by midnight to avert a shutdown.

The development came after a day of back-channel negotiations aimed at alleviating concerns from coal-state Democrats who wanted a longer extension of expiring health benefits for retired coal miners. The Senate will soon vote to pass the funding bill on the eve of the shutdown deadline and adjourn the 114th Congress.

"I think we made our point," said Sen. Chuck Schumer, a New York Democrat and incoming Senate minority leader.

The battle centered on how long the government should extend health benefits for retired coal miners, as the Democrats called for an extension lasting one year, rather than the four months in the current proposal. And it amounted to the most intense partisan squabble on Capitol Hill since the general election, where Democrats struggled to win over white, working-class voters.

Read the rest at: http://www.cnn.com/2016/12/09/politics/government-shutdown/index.html

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yallerdawg Dec 2016 OP
Wellstone ruled Dec 2016 #1
yallerdawg Dec 2016 #2
edhopper Dec 2016 #3
yallerdawg Dec 2016 #4

Response to yallerdawg (Original post)

Fri Dec 9, 2016, 08:21 PM

1. Oh Boy!!!!!

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Response to Wellstone ruled (Reply #1)

Fri Dec 9, 2016, 08:34 PM

2. The vote is scheduled for 10/9c.

Manchin said he just wasn't sure if they 41 votes to stop the CR cloture vote of 60.

There are apparently a number of Democrats, including Schumer, who don't want a shutdown, even temporary.

And the CR may have as few as 51 votes for passage.

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Response to yallerdawg (Original post)

Fri Dec 9, 2016, 08:37 PM

3. Didn't Trump say

he is the coal miner's best friend? Why would the GOP oppose this???


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Response to edhopper (Reply #3)

Fri Dec 9, 2016, 08:41 PM

4. Manchin is meeting with Corrupt Trump Monday.

He is hoping to come back in January with support for a stand-alone bill or at least an amendment/ryder that will resolve long-term funding for coal miners pensions and healthcare.

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