As the battle over the spending bill heads to the Senate to determine if the government will shutdown on Friday, Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) is still flip flopping on how she will vote — despite claiming that a government shutdown would kill people.
The Democrat Senator told reporters in a Capitol Hill hallway that “people die, accidents happen” during government shutdowns.
“Shutting down the government is a very serious thing. People die, accidents happen. You don’t know. Necessary functions can cease,” she said. “There is no specific list you can look at and make a judgment: ‘Well everything is going to be just fine.’ You can’t make that judgment. So, I think it’s a last resort. And I’m really hopeful we don’t get to it.”
Despite this admission of the dangers that come with a shutdown, Feinstein still had not made up her mind about how she will vote. In fact, her position was changing throughout the day.
For the third time today, the senior senator from California has changed her position on how she will vote on the Short-term spending bill. https://t.co/Dj6jUGAVwO
— Ed O'Keefe (@edokeefe) January 18, 2018
Democrats, including Feinstein, have been threatening to block the spending bill if Republicans do not include protections for illegal aliens protected under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.
“I said in December that I wouldn’t vote for a CR without the Dream Act, and I won’t do so now,” Feinstein said in a statement on Thursday morning.
However, when questioned by reporters later in the day, Feinstein stated, “I don’t know how I would vote right now on a CR, OK?”
Apparently when having to choose between protecting human lives and allowing non-citizens to remain in the country — Democrats are on the fence.