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After Republicans successfully passed their tax bill, Congress bought itself four more weeks to strike a spending deal. Democratic votes are required to move a spending bill through the Senate, and many are calling on Democrats to shut down the government if Republicans refuse to fix DACA, protect Obamacare and reauthorize the Children's Health Insurance Program. But others think a government shutdown is bad politics, and Democrats should do their jobs and seek to find common ground. What do you think?
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As Tara Golshan explains in Vox, Democrats have the opportunity to use the spending bill as a way to push their legislative priorities including protections for DREAMers, Planned Parenthood, and CHIP. As Congress once again punts their deadline, Democrats are expected to go into 2018 fighting like hell for the issues their constituents care about the most.

On top of DACA, CHIP, and Obamacare funding, Democrats will still have to put up a fight against a whole host of “nonstarters” that Republicans have been known to propose. For example, Democrats have made it clear that they will not allow funding for the southern border wall that Trump has insisted on since taking office. Every effort to defund Planned Parenthood has also been met with organized Democratic opposition.

Josh Barro of Business Insider believes there is a strong chance Democrats will shut down the government if Republicans refuse to fix DACA, protect Obamacare and reauthorize CHIP. Barro argues Democrats could put Republicans in an impossible position if they opted for a government shutdown, forcing the GOP to agree to a bipartisan spending bill that includes demands from Democrats. It would be unwise for Democrats to pass up the opportunity.

A shutdown would considerably complicate the politics of passing the tax plan. Are Republicans going to cut corporate taxes while government offices and national parks are closed?
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But Democrats are generally hesitant when it comes to talks of shutting down the government. Politico reports Democratic leaders are "preaching caution to their caucus," believing an obstructionist approach to government will only deepen the public's mistrust in the ability of Congress to accomplish anything. With the 2018 midterm elections coming up, Democrats want to show they are capable of leading, not just capable of throwing political tantrums.

Democrats keenly remember the blowback faced by Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) and other conservatives who forced a shutdown in 2013 over repealing Obamacare. Democrats are particularly wary of being seen as obstructionists with the midterms less than a year away and the House — and maybe even the Senate — on the line.
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Should Democrats shut down the government?
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