Jones: Trump shutdown making America look "inept to all these other countries in the world"

Journal News

Butler County Sheriff Richard Jones is calling for two past U.S. presidents — George W. Bush and Barack Obama — to help end the record-long partial government shutdown and return civility to the country.  These two “highly respected” former presidents can help the country “not look like we’re inept to all these other countries in the world,” said the outspoken sheriff. “But it takes two sides to get together.” (emphasis added).

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Miami University political science professor John Forren said it’s interesting that Jones is asking for consensus in Washington, D.C., and across the country as the sheriff has played significant roles at partisan Trump rallies.

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Butler County Democratic Party Executive Chair Brian Hester said only Trump or Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Kentucky, can end the shutdown.

“Democrats have already passed legislation that the Republicans supported just a month ago to reopen the government,” he said. “The only thing Bush and Obama could do is inform Trump that a president shouldn’t use a shutdown and the harm it causes to try to get their way on matters he couldn’t even get a Republican Congress to consider in the past two years.” (emphasis added.)

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The partial government shutdown has impacted Butler County as a number of agencies are trying to determine how to handle operations if the shutdown affects their ability to acquire expected federal funding. That could impact local programs, such as food stamps.

The Butler County Sheriff’s Office has also not received payments for housing federal prisoners, but Jones said he knows “they’re good for it” so it’s not impacting their operations.