FAIRFAX, VA—Americans for Limited Government President Rick Manning issued the following statement praising President Donald Trump’s tweet on the budget deal where he stated “Our country needs a good ‘shutdown’ in September to fix [the] mess”:
“President Donald Trump got it exactly right when he tweeted that we need a shutdown in September to clean up the mess in Washington, D.C., as well as noting the archaic Senate process as one of the primary tools the swamp uses to keep power. Congressional Republicans must no longer be allowed to use Senate process as the excuse for funding Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer’s agenda. The funding bill that is about to pass are Exhibits A through Z of the abuse of the system by Schumer and his willing GOP accomplices who pretend to be limited government conservatives.
“President Trump understands that any deal that funds Planned Parenthood, Obamacare and the left’s priorities but doesn’t even fund the wall is a bad deal. Hopefully, the next six months will result in changes to Senate rules that take away Chuck Schumer’s shutdown gun held to the head of the government, and a shift in the posture taken by Republican leaders in Congress. President Trump’s willingness to shut down the government to achieve his policy objectives is a step in the right direction toward disarming Schumer. But he cannot do it alone. Let us hope that House Speaker Paul Ryan reads his past campaign brochures in preparation of winning this fight.”