Pass a bill
It seems to me that the news media (even The Capital) has rather missed the point on the government partial shutdown.
President Donald Trump has been given a lot of space claiming he will not sign a bill to reopen the government unless it contains $5 billion-plus to build his wall.
But he has no bill to sign. The House has passed a bill. Before Trump has an opportunity to sign a bill, the Senate needs to pass the bill.
Currently, it is the Senate that is preventing the government from reopening, yet the press is giving no publicity as to why they do not wish to reopen the government. Without Senate approval, Trump’s views do not matter.
Only when the Senate and House have agreed on a bill does the president have a problem as to whether to sign it. In the mean time the focus on presidential pronouncements is a waste of time, he has no bill to sign. WILFRED CANDLER Annapolis