Fox News host Shepard Smith on Thursday said Republicans should be blamed if the government is shut down because they control all branches of government.
“With one party in charge of everything, a government shutdown will not happen, right?” Smith said. “I mean, never in the history — at least modern history — of the country has there been a government shutdown when a single party is in charge of Washington.”
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Smith’s comments come as lawmakers are scrambling to pull together legislation to fund the government as the possibility of a shutdown increases before the deadline on Friday.
The House is set to vote Thursday night on a government funding bill, but it is unclear if they have the votes to pass it.
Senate Democrats say they have to votes to block the House proposal, which does not include a fix they demanded to protect “Dreamers,” young immigrants protected by an Obama-era program that President Trump rescinded.
“Right now, three Republicans and three Democrats say they will vote against it. If so, that will kill it,” Smith said. “That would shut down the government. Unless they come up with something else. And there are other possibilities. All of them complicated.”
Smith criticized Republicans for attempting to win over Democrats by including a six-year reauthorization of the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) in their House proposal.
“The GOP plan was to ‘dare’ the Democrats to vote against that measure saying, ‘We funded the child health insurance program or CHIP for six years’,” Smith said. “‘You’re going to vote against children’s health?’”
Trump added to the confusion on Thursday by tweeting that CHIP “should be part of a long term solution, not a 30 Day, or short term, extension.”