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Did the White House Change Outgoing Message on Comment Line to Blame Democrats?
by Arroree
January 23 at 12:51 AM

https://www.snopes.com/white-house-comment-line-trump/

Did the White House Change Outgoing Message on Comment Line to Blame Democrats?

The unprecedented finger-pointing took place amid a government shutdown and looming government worker furloughs.

CLAIM

The White House updated the voice message on the automated telephone comments line to blame Democrats for a government shutdown.

RATING

 TRUE

ORIGIN

On 20 January 2018, amid the hue and cry of a federal government shutdown taking effect thanks to failure on Congress to reach a bipartisan deal on a short-term spending bill, the two sides passed blame back and forth over the Senate floor like a hot potato. 

Fox News reported that the sticking point for Democrats was the March 2018 expiration of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, which allows a measure of respite for young people who were born outside the United States and were brought to the country as children and who, in many cases, have spent years maneuvering a backlogged immigration system in order to be able to apply for citizenship:

The deadline arrived without a deal. The U.S. government shut down at midnight Friday after Congress failed to overcome a partisan divide over immigration and spending.

In a late-night vote, Senate Democrats joined to block a bill that would have kept the government running until mid-February. A flurry of last-minute negotiations failed to produce an agreement.

Democrats tried to use the Friday night funding deadline to win concessions from Republicans, including an extension of DACA, an Obama-era program protecting some young immigrants from deportation. The program is set to expire in March. Republicans sought more time for talks, but Democrats refused.

The Republican-controlled White House went so far as to change the outgoing message on the White House telephone comment line (202-456-1111) to an unprecedented message blaming Democrats:

Thank you for calling the White House. Unfortunately, we cannot answer your call today, because Congressional Democrats are holding government funding, including funding for our troops and other national security priorities, hostage to an unrelated immigration debate. Due to this obstruction, the government is shut down. In the meantime, you can leave a comment for the president at www.whitehouse.gov/contact. We look forward to taking your calls as soon as the government reopens.

The existence of the message was confirmed by various reporters:

saw this going around and wanted to check for myself: here’s the message you hear today when you ring the White House comment line during the shutdown

We called and were able to confirm for ourselves that this was indeed the White House’s outgoing telephone message on 20 January 2018.

If no deal is reached by 22 January 2018, thousands of federal employees will be placed on unpaid furloughs, as CNN reported:

Whoever works for agencies and departments that are considered nonessential, including agencies that pay out small business loans and process passport requests, will cease to work effective immediately until Congress is able to agree on a bill for the federal budget.

The employees in these departments would be placed on “furlough.” In previous shutdowns, everyone who stayed home was paid retroactively after an agreement was reached in Washington.

At the peak of the 2013 government shutdown, about 850,000 employees were furloughed per day, according to the Office of Management and Budget.

Members of Congress, however, will still receive full pay.

Replies

  • Arroree
    by Arroree
    January 23 at 12:52 AM

    The level of immaturity with this administration is beyond compare. It makes me ashamed as an American. 

  • squeekers
    January 23 at 12:54 AM

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  • turtle68
    January 23 at 1:32 AM

    Honestly this is how I see every single trumpette in here...every. single. one. of. them.
    Im gonna steal this and quote them with it each time I see their stupid replies.

    Quoting squeekers:

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  • turtle68
    January 23 at 1:35 AM

    I feel really embarassed for you too :-(

    Quoting Arroree:

    The level of immaturity with this administration is beyond compare. It makes me ashamed as an American. 


  • squeekers
    January 23 at 1:47 AM

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    I believe you are needing this for swiping. Be my guest.

    Quoting turtle68:

    Honestly this is how I see every single trumpette in here...every. single. one. of. them.Im gonna steal this and quote them with it each time I see their stupid replies.

    Quoting squeekers:

    Mobile Photo

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  • BmoreRavens
    January 23 at 1:50 AM

    When Democrats cannot make their case without be rude, and disrespectful to the president they get what they they deserve.

  • Arroree
    by Arroree
    January 23 at 3:21 AM


    Quoting BmoreRavens:

    When Democrats cannot make their case without be rude, and disrespectful to the president they get what they they deserve.

    How about if the President of the "entire" country stop being rude and disrespectful to half of the citizens in "his" country. 

  • AdrianneHill
    January 23 at 3:52 AM
    I don't want to hear a damn word from anyone who supports this president talking about decorum or professionalism. They applaud his common behavior but demand other people act in ways he refuses to. And God forbid someone hit back at him because then they're a bully, a bad American, and likely a terrorist
  • YoYiggy
    by YoYiggy
    January 23 at 6:38 AM
    More childish behavior from this administration. It's harrowing.
    We will never get any where in this country if the immaturity finger pointing continues.
  • LauraKW
    by LauraKW
    January 23 at 6:49 AM
    Can boys answer cm posts?

    Quoting BmoreRavens:

    When Democrats cannot make their case without be rude, and disrespectful to the president they get what they they deserve.

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