President Trump on Tuesday welcomed a government shutdown if an immigration deal couldn’t be made.
Virginia Republican Congresswoman Barbara Comstock wasn’t pleased, calling out 45 to his face.
From The Hill:
“We don’t need a government shutdown on this,” Comstock said during the White House meeting with Trump, according to a pool report.
But Trump interrupted her and doubled down on his willingness to have another shutdown over the immigration battle.
“You can say what you want; we are not getting support of the Democrats,” Trump said.
Comstock represents a Virginia district in the suburbs of Washington, D.C., that is home to many federal workers. She is considered a top target for Democrats in this fall’s midterm elections. Hillary Clinton defeated Trump by 10 points in Comstock’s district in the 2016 election, and a crowded Democratic field has emerged to fight for the right to take her on in the fall.
USA Today has more on Comstock:
WASHINGTON – The House passed a bill Tuesday that would require members of Congress to pay out of their own pockets for any sexual harassment settlements, and would help victims better navigate the complaint process on Capitol Hill.
“There is no place for sexual harassment or any type of harassment, period,” Rep. Gregg Harper, R-Miss., chairman of the House Administration Committee, said before the House vote on the measure.
The House approved the measure by voice vote. It now moves to the Senate.
The bipartisan effort led by Harper, Reps. Jackie Speier, D-Calif., and Rep. Barbara Comstock, R-Va., comes in the wake of sexual harassment allegations spreading across the country — including members of Congress being named in sexual misconduct cases. Several members have recently resigned or announced plans to retire after charges of sexual harassment.
The bill would require members to personally pay any settlements rather than using their office budgets. Congress has come under fire because some settlements against members have been paid with funds from the U.S. Treasury.
“Offenders, themselves, will have to pay,” Comstock said.
Oh, Barbara. Start fighting for the conservatives who elected you!
If a shutdown is what it takes to get things done – then DO IT!