Just as he has done with practically everything else since Donald Trump was inaugurated, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer is making his decisions based on politics rather than what’s good for the nation. In recent weeks he has insisted he was willing to shut down the government if funding for the border wall with Mexico was still in the continuing funding resolution. Yet in 2006, before he was leader of the Senate opposition and before Trump was president, Schumer voted in favor of the Secure Fence Act.
Eighty senators in total voted for the law, including 26 six of the 44 Democrats. Eleven years later some of those Democratic senators are still serving in the upper body, and one Democratic member of the House who voted in favor of the Secure Fence Act is now in the Senate.
So what’s the difference between then and now? There are only two I could find.
The first is that the 2006 proposal was for a double-layered fence with barbed-wire on top and room for a security vehicle to patrol between the layers. The 2017 proposal is for a wall, 30 feet high, that will be more difficult to climb and resistant to tampering or damage.
The only other difference is that Donald Trump is president. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) has been doing whatever he could to throw roadblocks in front of the new administration. He slow-walked each and every cabinet pick so that the new president wouldn’t have the benefit of cabinet secretaries to help him serve the public.
Schumer also sacrificed the filibuster on Supreme Court picks, as he led a filibuster on Neil Gorsuch, even though he knew that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell would go for the nuclear option and Gorsuch would be approved anyway.
Such is Chuck Schumer. The needs of America do not matter. In fact the only thing that matters to Schumer is sating the extreme left-wing of the Democratic Party.
Cross-posted at The Lid