Senators go on 3 day weekend while a supposed 'national emergency' exists at border
The Senate has just adjourned until 3 p.m. on Monday.
That means, in the middle of the day on a Friday, Senators are taking off work to enjoy their weekend while hundreds of thousands of federal workers don't receive paychecks.
The ironic thing about this is the fact that a supposed "national emergency" exists at the border, but our elected officials can't stay on Capitol Hill to do their jobs.
The Senate taking off for the weekend just ensured that this will be the longest U.S. government shutdown in history, with no end in sight.
Earlier Vice President Mike Pence affirmed his administration's resolve by saying: "There will be no deal without a wall."
Some senators took to the Senate floor to discuss their disdain for the shutdown but were told by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell that Trump wouldn't sign off on it.
Both sides are determined to fight this thing out, and in the meantime the Senate is behind on confirming 40% of the key leadership positions that require their consent. They currently remain vacant.
If federal workers are hurting right now, they should at least be required to work their weekends in order to take care of other government business. Senators are still receiving pay.
Related news: Trump is threatening to use emergency powers by taking money away from disaster relief funds in order to fund his wall.
The president asked his Army Corps of Engineers to figure out how to redirect the money. The money would be taken from a $13.9 billion emergency supplemental bill from February 2018. That bill included $2.4 billion for projects in California to prevent floods and $2.5 billion for reconstruction projects in Puerto Rico.