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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 United States. 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 the leader of the senate opposition, and before Donald Trump was president, Chuck Schumer voted in favor of the Secure Fence Act.

Eighty senators in total voted for the secure fence act, twenty-six out of the forty-four Democrats voted in favor of the bill (one, Ted Kennedy did not vote). Eleven years later some of those Democratic Senators are still serving in the upper body and one Democratic Party member of the house who voted in favor of the secure fence act is now in the senate. They include;

OH Sen.  Sherrod Brown  (House) 
DE Sen. Thomas Carper
CA Sen. Dianne Feinstein 
FL Sen. Bill Nelson 
NY Sen. Chuck Schumer 
MI Sen. Debbie Stabenow 

Other notable Democrats who supported the bill in the Senate included Senator Joe Biden, Senator Hillary Clinton, and Senator Barack Obama.

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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 (see below) The 2017 proposal is for a wall; 30 feet tall, that will meet requirements for aesthetics, anti-climbing, and resistance to tampering or damage.

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The only other difference is that Donald Trump is President. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) has been doing whatever he could to throw roadblock in front of the new administration.  He slow walked each and every cabinet pick so 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 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, the needs of New York State do not matter–in fact the only thing that matters to Chuck Schumer is sating the extreme left-wing of the Democratic Party by making the GOP look bad. He should be ashamed of himself.

 

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