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Who should be blamed for the government shutdown: Democrats or Republicans?
After Republicans and Democrats failed to reach an immigration deal, the government officially shut downCongress has been negotiating to reach an agreement that protects DREAMers, but President Trump rejected the last bipartisan DACA deal. Since Republicans control both houses of Congress, many believe they are to blame for the shutdown. Others argue Democrats should shoulder the burden. They have always presented themselves as the responsible governing party and the shutdown is antithetical to that. What do you think?
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After Republicans and Democrats failed to reach an immigration agreement, the government officially shut down.

At 12:01 am on Saturday, January 20, the federal government shut down.
Republicans and Democrats are still stuck in a standoff after failing to reach an immigration deal this week. House Republicans passed a bill on Thursday to fund the government for four weeks and extend the Children’s Health Insurance Program for six years, after Congress had failed to reauthorize that program for the last four months.
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Democrats are insisting they must reach a bipartisan deal with Republicans that protects DACA recipients or they won't vote for a spending bill. Trump rejected a recent pitch from a bipartisan team of senators which would have provided protection for DREAMers in exchange for increased border security, asking "Why do we want all these people from shithole countries coming here?"

Democrats believe Trump's refusal to cooperate and reach a deal is responsible for the government shutdown, but many believe this was a very bad political move. Democrats are generally hesitant when it comes to talks of shutting down the government. Politico reported Democratic leaders were "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. And since they are the ones demanding an immigration deal, they should be blamed.

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But while Democrats may have some negotiating leverage, Republicans ultimately control both houses of Congress and the White House. If an immigration deal can't be made on their watch, Republicans will look like they are incapable of getting things done. 

This also isn't the GOP's first rodeo. The most recent government shutdown in 2013 was led by Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) who held a spending bill hostage in an attempt to defund Obamacare. The shutdown ultimately caused Republican poll numbers to plummet and Obamacare was not defunded.

As Ella Nilsen argues in Vox:

Since Republicans currently hold the power in all branches of government, it’s unlikely they’d escape blame if a shutdown was triggered over immigration. That’s especially because President Trump’s administration began sunsetting the DACA program in September — punting a fix to Congress. Trump has also talked openly about the possibility of shutdown, tweeting last spring, “Our country needs a good ‘shutdown’ in September to fix mess!”
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