Conservative group targets Dem leadership over shutdown fight

A conservative group is targeting Democratic leadership over the potential government shutdown, slamming Democratic lawmakers who in 2013 criticized the use of threats to shut down the government as a negotiating tactic.

The video, released by America Rising PAC, features Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerMcConnell-backed Super PAC says nominating Roy Moore would be 'gift wrapping' seat to Dems McConnell vows to 'vigorously' oppose Moore's Senate bid Pelosi: Trump delay on Harriet Tubman is 'an insult to the hopes of millions' MORE (D-N.Y.), House Minority Leader Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiThe Hill's Morning Report - In exclusive interview, Trump talks Biden, Iran, SCOTUS and reparations Lawmakers 'failed us' says ICE chief Pelosi, Democratic leaders seek to quell liberal revolt over border bill MORE (D-Calif.) and Sens. Bernie SandersBernie SandersThe Hill's Morning Report - In exclusive interview, Trump talks Biden, Iran, SCOTUS and reparations Biden to debate for first time as front-runner Rules for first Democratic primary debates announced MORE (I-Vt.) and Kirsten GillibrandKirsten Elizabeth GillibrandRules for first Democratic primary debates announced Juan Williams: Warren on the rise 2020 primary debate guide: Everything you need to know ahead of the first Democratic showdown MORE (D-N.Y.) speaking about the negotiations and 16-day shutdown several years ago.

“But we want to negotiate without a gun to our head. Speaker [John] BoehnerJohn Andrew BoehnerTed Cruz, AOC have it right on banning former members of Congress from becoming lobbyists Rep. Amash stokes talk of campaign against Trump The Hill's Morning Report - Trump, Biden go toe-to-toe in Iowa MORE comes in and he says basically it’s sort of like this. Someone goes into your house, takes your wife and children hostage and then says, ‘Let’s negotiate over the price of your house,’” Schumer says in the 2013 clip.

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“You know, we could do the same thing on immigration. We believe strongly in immigration reform. We could say, ‘We’re shutting down the government. We’re not going to raise the debt ceiling until you pass immigration reform.’ It would be governmental chaos,” the Senate minority leader adds.

The threat of another government shutdown is looming over lawmakers. Congress is struggling to strike a deal to keep the government's lights on as Democrats push for a fix to the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, which protects young immigrants brought to the U.S. illegally as children from deportation.

"Democrats can't escape their rhetoric on government shutdowns. They've said it themselves — disrupting the functions of government in the name of political posturing would result in 'governmental chaos,'” Alexandra Smith, America Rising PAC’s executive director, said in a statement.

While Republicans are trying to blame the threat of an impending shutdown on Democrats, Democrats argue President TrumpDonald John TrumpNew EPA rule would expand Trump officials' powers to reject FOIA requests Democratic senator introduces bill to ban gun silencers Democrats: Ex-Commerce aide said Ross asked him to examine adding census citizenship question MORE is threatening a shutdown to acquire funding for his proposed border wall.

Trump has said the wall on the U.S.-Mexico border, a signature promise of his 2016 campaign, “must be part of any DACA approval.”