Hillary Clinton urges the end of using shutdowns as a ‘political hostage-taking tactic’


Hillary Clinton on Tuesday called for putting an end to using government shutdowns as a means of gaining political leverage. 

“On top of human suffering and lasting damage to our national parks, the Trump shutdown cost the economy $11 billion. End shutdowns as a political hostage-taking tactic,” Clinton tweeted.

The recent partial government shutdown, which was the longest in US history, began in late December over President Trump’s demand for $5.7 billion in funding for the wall along the US-Mexico border and Democratic lawmakers’ reluctance to give it to him.

Trump, on Friday, signed a short-term government funding agreement that did not include money for the barrier, but he has indicated an intention to continue his pursuit of the wall. 

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White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders has since said that another shutdown in the coming weeks is a possibility.

Meanwhile, Politico reports that “the prospect of a second shutdown after the longest one in history is something Senate Republicans still take seriously despite rising hopes it can be avoided with a bipartisan border deal or even some sort of executive action by the president.” 

A committee meeting on the matter is scheduled for Wednesday. 

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