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We’re hearing a lot of complaining from Democrats about Republicans shutting down the government, but they sure don’t mind doing it when abortion is on the table.
Here are four times a Democratic president and Democrat-controlled Congress earned, as House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said of President Trump, an “F for failure of leadership” amid a government shutdown. There are others, of course, but these four were each over abortion.
Shutdowns - Funding - Gaps - Time - Government
To be clear, these shutdowns were really “funding gaps,” during which time government employees received only half their paychecks or paychecks were delayed due to congressional failures. This is similar to a “shutdown” today, since most of the government remains running as key operations continue to function during a shutdown. The pain is felt in the wallet. The same was true then, as employees had to look elsewhere for additional income.
The first of these “shutdowns” over abortion occurred in September 1977, when Jimmy Carter was president, Robert Byrd led the Senate, and Tip O’Neill was speaker of the House. It was one of the longest shutdowns in history, lasting 12 days as the House held its ground against the Senate to maintain a ban on Medicaid funding for abortions, except to save the life of the mother.
Rep - Daniel - Flood - Democrat - Pennsylvania
Rep. Daniel Flood, a Democrat from Pennsylvania and—as The New York Times described him at the time—“a flamboyant former actor with bejeweled fingers and pleated shirts,” led the fight to keep the ban in place. The Senate wanted funding to be expanded to cover abortions in cases of incest, rape, and the “health” of the mother.
“Fourteen members of the Senate, led by Warren G. Magnuson, 72‐year‐old Democrat of Washington, an earthy man who speaks in a hoarse whisper, resolutely uphold the Senate’s position,” the Times reported, “to allow Medicaid to pay for abortions in cases of...
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