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View Diary: Why not pass the Mini-bills? (64 comments)

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  •  Just like rescuing FAA from sequester (4+ / 0-)

    Republicans want to lift the visible pain points of the shutdown so they can keep the rest of the government closed indefinitely.  Reopening the parks and the VA means the public doesn't see that Labor and HUD are shuttered.  Republicans could keep the shutdown on for a long time because they have removed the biggest visuals that the media loves to harp on.

    By lifting FAA, Democrats allowed the sequest to become permanent. The unthinkable became the new normal.  Giving Republicans small victories means that Democrats get nothing in exchange as they give away their leverage.

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