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Letter: Democrats are not the ones at fault for the shutdown

We keep hearing from the president that the Democrats in Congress are responsible for the shutdown and could end it quickly if they were so inclined.

Anyone paying attention knows nothing could be further from the truth. Democrats in the House along with a dozen or so House Republicans have passed numerous bills intended to get the country up and running again.

This should now be called the McConnell shutdown for he is the fulcrum at the center of this mess. Too many hard working Americans are being hurt by this shutdown and the longer it goes on the ripple effect will hurt many more.

Make no mistake, much of the blame is Trump’s but Mitch McConnell could have brought this to a screeching halt by allowing a vote in the Senate which would have passed unanimously.

Thomas A. Fraterrigo


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