It is beyond time for this pernicious shutdown to end. With each passing day, more Americans are feeling the pinch of having the federal government thrown into chaos by a political standoff over President Trump’s demand for a wall on the southern border.
The continuing battle increasingly resembles an episode of “Real Housewives,” with the attendant name-calling and hair-pulling. On Jan. 16, the House speaker, Nancy Pelosi, sent Mr. Trump a letter suggesting that he postpone his State of the Union address until the government reopened. The following day, Mr. Trump hit back, withdrawing military support for a congressional delegation that Ms. Pelosi was preparing to lead to Afghanistan.
Come Saturday, Mr. Trump introduced a new immigration plan that he touted as a grand compromise but that, in reality, included enough poison pills to gag all but fervent hard-liners. On Wednesday, he followed up with a letter to Ms. Pelosi, declaring his intention to deliver his big speech as planned in the House chamber, shutdown or no. The speaker promptly announced that she would not allow the president to speak on the House floor for the duration of the shutdown.
“The State of the Union speech has been canceled by Nancy Pelosi because she doesn’t want to hear the truth,” Mr. Trump told reporters.
So further down the rabbit hole we go.
As an alternative to the Don-and-Nancy drama, the Senate could take a small but solid step toward rescuing Americans from further pain and humiliation, when on Thursday it takes up a pair of competing plans to reopen the government.
After weeks of insisting that there is nothing Senate Republicans can do about the shutdown, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has agreed to hold a floor vote on two proposals to end it — a clear sign that lawmakers are feeling the heat and anxious to at least look like they’re taking action.
One measure is the immigration plan that Mr. Trump rolled out Saturday, an offering that seems custom-designed to turn off Democrats. The second is far more modest: a continuing resolution that would fund the government through Feb. 8 and that, aside from some extra money thrown in for disaster relief, is basically identical to a bill the Senate passed in December.
Back then, Mr. Trump initially agreed to accept the stopgap plan, before executing a last-minute back flip after being accused of apostasy by Rush Limbaugh and Ann Coulter. This time, the funding bill, like Mr. Trump’s proposal, is widely expected to fail.
This would be a waste. Embracing a short-term continuing resolution could provide an opening — no matter how narrow and fraught — for lawmakers to push this mess a few inches closer to a resolution. And at this point, every inch is a minor miracle. Republican senators with even a faint spark of independence remaining should stiffen their spines, stop providing cover for the president and signal their commitment to ending the shutdown madness by backing the measure. They did it once, just a few weeks ago. How hard can it be to do so again?
On the other hand, if members of the majority decline to step up, they should expect Democrats to ratchet up the pressure. Pass or fail, the very act of senators’ voting alters the story line that McConnell and company have been peddling: that Republican lawmakers are helpless observers in some tacky war between the president and congressional Democrats.
This was always a dishonest narrative. Mr. McConnell’s refusal to have his members vote on the funding proposals coming out of the House has been a cynical political move, an attempt to absolve his team of any responsibility — with either the public or the president — for the impasse.
With Thursday’s votes, Republicans will no longer have that cover. In December, the stopgap bill passed on a voice vote, meaning that individual members’ positions were not recorded. This time around, a formal roll call will be conducted, letting the public know exactly who favors moving forward and who would rather keep the government closed to satisfy the president.
Obviously, a short-term extension does not address the underlying issues that led to this shutdown. But by reopening the government, even briefly, the Senate could change the dynamic so that Democrats are not operating in a hostage situation — that is, negotiating with the president while he’s holding in his hands the livelihood of some 800,000 federal workers and those who rely on them. Democrats have vowed that they will not bargain under such circumstances — period — lest they encourage Mr. Trump to behave similarly going forward.
Considering the president’s track record, this is a reasonable concern. But if the government reopens briefly, it could ease the conflict enough to get everyone back to the bargaining table.
The assumption now is that Mr. McConnell is looking to send a message to Mr. Trump with this pair of votes. Both measures failing could show the president just how impossible this situation has become and how everyone needs to rethink his or her positions.
But counting on this president to behave rationally has burned Mr. McConnell before. The only thing Mr. Trump seems to respect is power. If the Senate wants to end this standoff, members will need to assert some of their own.
Follow The New York Times Opinion section on Facebook, Twitter (@NYTopinion) and Instagram.B:
2016年新岁数生肖号码表图【车】【顶】【打】【开】，【露】【出】【来】【太】【阳】【能】，【太】【阳】【能】【是】【折】【叠】【的】，【打】【开】，【正】【好】【前】【后】【左】【右】【都】【给】【罩】【住】。 【很】【快】【车】【子】【里】【就】【有】【了】【电】，【她】【拿】【出】【来】【平】【板】【电】【脑】【充】【电】，【随】【后】【出】【去】【清】【理】【周】【围】。 【这】【边】【有】【几】【只】【怪】【物】【不】【甘】【心】，【一】【直】【偷】【偷】【瞄】【着】【她】，【试】【图】【寻】【找】【机】【会】，【然】【后】【攻】【击】【她】。 【花】【锦】【月】【背】【着】【它】【们】，【就】【有】【怪】【物】【忍】【不】【住】【扑】【了】【过】【来】，【她】【反】【身】【手】【里】【面】【一】【根】【树】【枝】，【扔】【了】【过】【去】
【宽】【大】【的】【衣】【袍】【甩】【过】，【带】【起】【一】【阵】【强】【劲】【的】【风】，【门】【口】【把】【守】【的】【魔】【族】，【就】【这】【样】【不】【明】【所】【以】【的】【被】【四】【分】【五】【裂】【了】。 【瓦】【烁】【碎】【屑】【纷】【纷】【扬】【扬】【的】【洒】【落】，【巫】【弦】【歌】【深】【邃】【而】【愤】【怒】【的】【容】【颜】，【在】【万】【千】【尘】【埃】【中】【若】【隐】【若】【现】。 【里】【头】【被】【惊】【扰】【到】【的】【魔】【族】【们】，【还】【未】【来】【得】【及】【进】【去】【通】【报】，【就】【迅】【速】【被】【巫】【弦】【歌】【强】【韧】【的】【光】【影】【砍】【得】【找】【不】【回】【雏】【形】。 【漫】【天】【风】【沙】【散】【尽】【后】，【狂】【幽】【的】【身】【影】【慢】【慢】
【十】【月】【初】【六】。 【宜】【嫁】【娶】、【订】【盟】、【出】【行】、【动】【土】、【安】【葬】。 【忌】【开】【市】、【交】【易】、【治】【病】。 【大】【利】【南】【方】。 【吴】【老】【九】【率】【领】【两】【千】【红】【花】【堂】【精】【锐】，【转】【战】【玄】【岭】【郡】。 【一】【日】【之】【内】，【连】【破】【断】【魂】【刀】【门】、【破】【风】【刀】【门】，【连】【带】【二】【派】【请】【来】【助】【拳】【的】【玄】【岭】【郡】【诸】【多】【乌】【合】【门】【派】、【杂】【鱼】【帮】【派】，【一】【并】【屠】【戮】【了】！ 【直】【杀】【得】【玄】【岭】【郡】【江】【湖】【人】【头】【滚】【滚】、【尸】【横】【遍】【野】，【一】【日】【之】【间】，
【一】【听】【到】【有】【其】【他】【证】【据】，【知】【府】【赶】【紧】【请】【楚】【琮】【呈】【上】【去】，【毕】【竟】【皇】【子】【和】【一】【个】【普】【通】【伤】【人】，【他】【肯】【定】【选】【择】【皇】【子】。 【楚】【琮】【拍】【拍】【手】，【立】【刻】【有】【人】【压】【着】【一】【个】【人】【上】【来】，【长】【得】【浓】【眉】【大】【眼】【的】，【皮】【肤】【白】【白】【的】，【身】【材】【瘦】【小】【的】【男】【人】。 【王】【得】【一】【看】【到】【他】，【只】【觉】【得】【自】【己】【的】【呼】【吸】【都】【已】【经】【停】【滞】【了】，【这】【个】【不】【是】，【这】【个】【不】【是】【自】【己】【家】【的】【算】【账】【的】【嘛】？【为】【什】【么】【会】【在】【这】【里】？ 【王】【得】【千】【算】【万】【算】
【现】【在】，【他】【来】【了】，【她】【相】【信】【一】【件】【事】，【也】【许】【她】【不】【需】【要】【再】【出】【来】，【他】【也】【能】【安】【定】【下】【来】。 【莫】【离】【轻】【轻】【将】【头】【放】【在】【宫】【泽】【夜】【的】【肩】【膀】【上】，【轻】【声】【说】：“【泽】【夜】，【谢】【谢】【您】【信】【任】【我】！” 【在】【宫】【泽】【夜】【家】【里】，【宫】【泽】【夜】【指】【挥】【仆】【人】【将】【温】【文】【燕】【的】【东】【西】【扔】【进】【了】【其】【它】【房】【间】，【让】【宫】【家】【的】【家】【庭】【医】【生】【给】【她】【做】【了】【一】【个】【简】【单】【的】【伤】【口】，【然】【后】【他】【让】【所】【有】【人】【出】【去】，【现】【在】【房】【间】【里】【面】【只】【剩】【下】【温】2016年新岁数生肖号码表图【机】【箱】【的】【购】【买】【者】【很】【快】【就】【查】【到】【了】，【正】【是】【徐】【婉】【莹】【的】【父】【亲】，【冯】【老】【的】【女】【婿】。 【不】【用】【去】【找】【他】，【得】【知】【冯】【老】【病】【重】【的】【消】【息】，【徐】【父】【和】【徐】【母】【很】【快】【也】【到】【了】【冯】【老】【家】【中】。 【陆】【辰】【将】【徐】【父】【叫】【到】【了】【房】【间】【中】，【把】【冯】【老】【的】【情】【况】【讲】【了】。 【徐】【父】【惊】【讶】【的】【表】【情】【持】【续】【了】【几】【分】【钟】，“【被】【人】【下】【了】【蛊】？【真】【有】【蛊】【这】【种】【东】【西】？【小】【陆】，【你】……【你】【不】【是】【开】【玩】【笑】【吧】？” “【你】【不】【了】【解】
“【慕】【容】【琂】？”【慕】【容】【琂】【听】【慕】【容】【初】【直】【呼】【其】【名】，【没】【有】【半】【分】【生】【气】【只】【是】【挑】【眉】【含】【笑】。 【慕】【容】【初】【自】【知】【歉】【意】，【低】【头】【施】【礼】【道】：“【皇】【叔】。” 【夏】【冰】【等】【人】【在】【后】【面】【行】【了】【礼】。 【东】【方】【尘】【怯】【怯】【的】【走】【到】【慕】【容】【琂】【面】【前】，【喏】【喏】【的】【叫】【了】【声】：“【父】【亲】。” 【慕】【容】【初】【惊】【讶】【的】【怔】【愣】【在】【原】【地】，【不】【置】【信】【的】【看】【向】【两】【人】。 【慕】【容】【琂】【只】【是】【嗯】【了】【一】【声】，【眼】【神】【直】【盯】【着】【慕】【容】【初】【的】
【黍】【子】【和】【老】【夫】【子】【同】【是】【阳】【明】【真】【人】【的】【弟】【子】，【当】【年】【阳】【明】【真】【人】【险】【些】【将】【掌】【门】【之】【位】【传】【给】【黍】【子】。 【只】【是】【谁】【没】【有】【料】【到】【监】【狱】【里】【的】【妖】【皇】【逃】【走】【会】【和】【黍】【子】【有】【关】。 “【这】【位】【小】【师】【叔】【被】【逐】【出】【师】【门】【后】【只】【得】【沦】【为】【散】【修】……” 【宝】【玉】【望】【着】【陵】【村】【上】【空】【的】【剑】【光】，【眉】【头】【微】【簇】。 【段】【陵】【仿】【佛】【什】【么】【都】【明】【白】【似】【的】，【点】【着】【头】【自】【言】【自】【语】【道】：“【原】【来】【如】【此】，【我】【明】【白】【了】。”