Richard Shelby

Shutdown averted

Shutdown averted

Americans can be excused for not celebrating in the streets Wednesday when word leaked out that President Donald Trump will not be vetoing the border security agreement recently negotiated in Congress, which means that a second shutdown of the federal government appears to have been averted. It simply isn’t customary to toast common sense. The avoidance of a crisis that was, in retrospect, so easily avoided isn’t something Washington should be any more excited about than we are about our leaders’ choice not to start each morning by pouring scalding hot coffee over their heads. Who expects congratulations for that?

But there is an important lesson here. And not just that House...

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