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Kildee: Trump took a ‘defeat lap’ on shutdown

By: - January 26, 2019 11:51 am

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Before President Trump even signed the bill reopening the government — without any money for his border wall — Michigan officials took to Twitter on Friday.

This was the longest federal government shutdown in U.S. history. As the Advance has noted, this impacted people in Michigan and across the country in many ways, including cinching agencies that handle food safety, monitoring the area around the Enbridge Line 5 pipeline, discrimination complaints and domestic violence.

The partial shutdown also meant that more than 50,000 federal workers in Michigan — and about 800,000 nationally — worked without paychecks and struggled to make ends meet.

U.S. Rep. Dan Kildee (D-Flint), House majority deputy whip, appeared on MSNBC and dinged Trump for taking a “defeat lap.”

Other Democrats, including U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-Lansing), U.S. Rep. Debbie Dingell (D-Dearborn) and U.S. Rep. Haley Stevens (D-Rochester Hills), tweeted about the impacts of the shutdown on both taxpayers and workers.

“It should have never come to this. Federal workers were held hostage for more than a month; many told to come to work while not being paid,” Dingell said. “As this shutdown goes into the history books, we cannot for one second let the human face of this shutdown get lost. People were scared to death of how to pay their bills and worried that hits to their credit scores would affect background checks, security clearances and future employment. All of Congress cares about keeping our nation secure. We have a lot of work to do to regain American’s trust in their government.”

The Michigan Republican Party blamed Democrats for the shutdown and tweeted to Trump, “You showed you cared.”

U.S. Rep. Paul Mitchell (R-Dryden) said he supported Trump and reiterated his call to “secure our nation’s borders.”

Meanwhile, U.S. Rep. Fred Upton (R-St. Joseph), who co-sponsored legislation with Dingell to make state unemployment benefits available to federal workers, was more circumspect. He entreated both sides to “put humpty-dumpty together again” after the shutdown.

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Susan J. Demas

Susan J. Demas is a 21-year journalism veteran and one of the state’s foremost experts on Michigan politics, appearing on MSNBC, CNN, NPR and WKAR-TV’s “Off the Record.” In addition to serving as Editor-in-Chief, she is the Advance’s chief columnist, writing on women, LGBTQs, the state budget, the economy and more. Most recently, she served as Vice President of Farough & Associates, Michigan’s premier political communications firm. For almost five years, Susan was the Editor and Publisher of Inside Michigan Politics, the most-cited political newsletter in the state. Susan’s award-winning political analysis has run in more than 80 national, international and regional media outlets, including the Guardian U.K., NBC News, the New York Times, the Detroit News and MLive. She is the only Michigan journalist to be named to the Washington Post’s list of “Best Political Reporters,” the Huffington Post’s list of “Best Political Tweeters” and the Washington Post’s list of “Best Political Bloggers.” Susan was the recipient of a prestigious Knight Foundation fellowship in nonprofits and politics. She served as Deputy Editor for MIRS News and helped launch the Michigan Truth Squad, the Center for Michigan’s fact-checking project. She started her journalism career reporting on the Iowa caucuses for The (Cedar Rapids) Gazette. Susan has hiked over 4,000 solo miles across four continents and climbed more than 70 mountains. She also enjoys dragging her husband and two teenagers along, even if no one else wants to sleep in a tent anymore.