Pass a bill

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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

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