Fiery Pavlich Blasts 'Absurd' Short-Term Spending Fixes: Congress Failing to Carry Out Its 'Basic Function'
The House is expected to vote on a stopgap measure to extend government funding until Feb. 16. The bill would include six years of funding for the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP), but would not address the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program
The White House supports the proposal, despite a tweet earlier Thursday in which President Trump said CHIP should be part of a longer-term spending plan. However, it's unclear if the proposal has enough support in the Senate.
CHIP should be part of a long term solution, not a 30 Day, or short term, extension!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 18, 2018
Pavlich, a Fox News contributor and editor of TownHall.com, said it's "absurd" that Congress keeps operating this way, passing short-term spending fixes to narrowly avoid a shutdown.
"Every four months we have this huge crisis and we're passing bad legislation every single time because Congress isn't doing their job on a permanent budget resolution every single year. ... They're not doing a basic function of their job over and over again."
She added that Trump's tweets can be detrimental by forcing House and Senate leaders to scramble in order to figure out what the president's stance is on legislation.
Marie Harf said Trump's tweet seemed to indicate he did not know about the plan to fund CHIP for six years. She said Democrats want to compromise, but Republicans and the White House are not on the same page.
Steve Hayes agreed, but expressed skepticism that Democrats want to help Republicans on a compromise.
"[Trump] seems to be unfamiliar with what the White House's positions are," said Hayes.
Watch the segment above.