Sun and Sand: Democrats Party with Lobbyists in Puerto Rico during Partial Government Shutdown

The United States is in the midst of the longest government shutdown in history. Despite this grim reality, more than two dozen Democrats in Congress cleared their calendars last weekend in order to party with lobbyists in Puerto Rico.

According to Fox News, the lawmakers along with their families and lobbyists took off in a chartered jet for a winter retreat where they also planned to view an exclusive showing of the popular Broadway hit “Hamilton.”

The attendees of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus BOLD PAC meeting also scheduled to sit down with officials in Puerto Rico on January 12, 2019 to talk about continuing cleanup endeavores from deadly Hurricane Maria.

A memo for the gathering read, “This year’s winter retreat promises to be our most widely attended yet with over 220 guests, including 39 Members of Congress and CHC BOLD PAC supporters expected to attend and participate!”

The event occurred at an exclusive seaside resort. Rooms at the resort typically cost around $429 a night. According to the Washington Examiner, retreat participants bought the “Hamilton” tickets with their own money, but were treated to an exclusive meet and greet with the show’s famous writer and creator afterwards. On January 11, 2019, Lin-Manuel Miranda, the creator of the hit musical, launched a two-week run of the play in Puerto Rico in an effort to raise funds for cultural groups and artists still reeling from Hurricane Maria. The Associated Press reported that tickets for opening night cost between $10 and $5,00

Approximately 109 corporate executives and lobbyists were mentioned in a memo welcoming the guests. Some of the guests included were from prestigious Washington firms, Facebook, R.J. Reynolds, Amazon, Comcast, Microsoft, Verizon, Intel, PhRMA, and unions such as the National Education Association. A spokesman representing BOLD PAC declined to inform the Washington Examiner which members of Congress would be at the event.

However, according to a Fox News producer, controversial Senator Bob Menendez, Democrat – New Jersey, was spotted on the beach. A picture of him enjoying the beach, wearing a pair of shorts sans shirt surfaced over the weekend. Meanwhile, President Trump and others stayed behind to negotiate the government shutdown.

In a statement, BOLD PAC Chair Representative Tony Cardenas, Democrat – California, remarked, “As our Bold PAC members make their way to Puerto Rico for this important weekend — the largest contingency of House Democrats to visit Puerto Rico where they’ll be hearing from Commonwealth and local elected officials about the ongoing recovery efforts — we will be closely monitoring the situation in Washington.”

Since the partial government shutdown, the optics for Democrats couldn’t be more different than those for President Donald J. Trump. According to Lauren DeBellis Appell of Fox News, newly minted Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi packed up and enjoyed an enviable Hawaiian vacation during the Christmas holidays amid the shutdown. The rooms at the resort Pelosi stayed at cost between $489 and $3,499 a night.

The Speaker’s sojourn took place while the President canceled his Christmas plans at Mar-a-Lago. Except for his trip to Iraq to visit American troops, Trump remained at the White House willing to work with Democrats to reopen the government.

Of course, with fake news outlets pitting the blame for the shutdown squarely on Trump’s shoulders, Democrats may not be worried about carefree pictures of them sauntering on a beach leaking to the press. After all, a recent ABC News/Washington Post poll revealed a whopping 53 percent of Americans blame Republicans and Trump for the shutdown. Only 29 percent of those polled blame Democrats while 13 percent feel both parties are equally responsible.

While no one knows how this political game of cat and mouse will end, one thing is for certain. Republicans and Trump should make sure Americans know about the unrivaled hypocrisy liberals are currently displaying to the fullest.

While they now feel building a border wall is “immoral,” many Democrats unashamedly supported tighter border security in the past. For instance, in 2008, Speaker Pelosi said, “Because we do need to address the issue of immigration and the challenge we have of undocumented people in our country. We certainly do not want any more coming in.” Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, Democrat – New York, is on video stating, “One of the most effective things we do on the border is turn people back … they get up to the border and we find them and say, ‘go home!’”

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269 Responses

  1. Like!! I blog frequently and I really thank you for your content. The article has truly peaked my interest.

  2. Our tax dollars could be put to protecting us instead of Democrats having fun in the sun while criticizing POTUS
    If the shoe was on the other foot the public would never hear the end of it. I don’t understand why
    POTUS can’t justbtell them YOUR FIRED !

  3. Democrats could care less for us or our country. Their emphasis is on money and power the tools they prefer, in their quest to make our country their country to rule over.


  5. they are right they went to a show to help rebuild puerto rico since the hurricane destroyed most of the island, and since trump has them not willing to send anything to the white house that he won’t sigh, the senate aren’t hearing anything unless the democrats are willing to totally surrender to trumps demands, but the reason is if a bill passes the house and goes to the senate and passes there and goes to the white house and he vetoes it and it goes back to the house and they pass it by a 2/3 vote and moves back to the senate again and passes by 2/3 vote it then is put into affect without trump

  6. The Democratic Party is the party of having a vacation for a beach party.

  7. I thought being rich with money was evil, cruel and being against the poor and working class, well voters you are looking at them, the DEMOCRATS.

  8. Should have left them there, told them no money for A plane to get back. Walk like the so called illeagles they support!!

  9. Narsacitic Sociopath Libtard Democrats fought against the Boston tea party, faught against the abolishment of slavery, and everything else that’s came down the pike that has not been thier idea or that does not fit into thier political end game machine. The list goes on and on, noted and documented.
    But here we have a President fed up with a half dozen or more decades of every president and every politician TALKING about the border crisis and building a wall. Talking about it because its in thier campaign agenda. But when it comes down to finally getting it done, all you hear is Narcasitic tempertantrums. Why?
    Because it does not match the cog wheel they are trying to shove into thier political machine agenda. DEMOCRATES WOULD LOSE THIER BARGANING POWER FOR WHAT THEY ARE TRYING TO SLIP PAST AND INTO AND FOR WHAT THEY ARE AFTER.
    Yet, I digress, if it was an election year you would hear them preaching once again ABOUT THE NEED, THE NECESSITY FOR A BORDER WALL.
    A BORDER Wall would pay for itself in money it would saved in costs of illigal immigration SUCH AS, cost to Homeland security, border patrol, cost to our judicial systems, law enforcement, courts, judges, social security, Medicare, healthcare and family services, housing, and all unessasary man hours, and the lists of costs goes on and on and on.
    SO, the money a border wall would exponentially save would be astronomical. BUT, I DIGRESS, THE LEFTIST LIBTARDS KNOW THIS, they are not that stupid, or they think that We the People/We the Sheep are that stupid.
    It’s time to build a border wall, get it done, get it over with, and let’s move on already. A BORDER WALL would save the American Republic tax payer billions, I.E. Our Federal and State Goverment Monies.
    As I mentioned before, the DEMOCRATES WOULD LOSE their BARGANING POWER. For, let’s say, DACA, or that ear mark they are trying to sneek in at the bottom of page 401 on some bill proposal.
    If Trump can get it built I say he will win 2020 in a land slide, and the DEMOCRATES know this. If he doesn’t procure the funds to get it done now it will never be completed and you and I, We The People, will never recover nor never be able to undo what the DEMOCRATES have planed.

  10. Senator Menendez was livid as Fox News caught him with some hostess if he was doing no wrong why the defensive position? Why isn’t Mendez in Jail for his fraud with women, girls and some crooked friends why are Democrats never jailed?

  11. More fake, propaganda “news”:

    “After all, a recent ABC News/Washington Post poll revealed a whopping 53 percent of Americans blame Republicans and Trump for the shutdown.”

    That “poll” must have been taken at several Food Banks in the surrounding states. You know, that place people getting $600-$1200 per month on their food debit card go to get real food after they use their food debit card to buy cases of soda from Costco to stock their vending machines to make their tax free income.

  12. When did congress forget they are employees of the taxpayers of USA? They are suppose to be working for the wants of the people they serve. The majority of people want a wall on the border, the same as Obama etc wanted. We should be able to fire all of congress who are not working toward the peoples best interest only their own. They do not care about the shutdown, they are just enjoying themselves as the president did not celebrate New Years etc but is still waiting for old Pelosi to work with him. Sad how did they get elected?

    1. This should be grounds for huge fines if nothing else. Why voters reelect these scum is beyond me. They consort with lobbyists dong who knows what. God sees.

  13. The Demopukes are pro-criminal!. Now they are importing criminals from other countries!

  14. The hard core liberals continue to mock the American public with this type of flagrant behavior. Do they really care about the citizens of the United States, or is it truly all about the out of control Democratic party and their thirst for power and control? I personally think that the American public is going to wake up one day and realize that they have been had. In 2020 this will be remembered by the voters that are riding the fence. You just can not poop in your own Easter basket and not expect repercussions of some sort.

  15. What us wrong with these pictures? What us wrong with a lot of the American people. They do not reason right, what if their parents had aborted them? Hmmmmmm!

  16. The Dems have to keep supporting these thieves or lose elections. Who are you going to vote for–the ones who give the freebies or the one who wants you to earn it? Very simple answer–the party that should lose every election from now on, the liberal left. All one has to do is look at Pelosi and her husband both multi-millionaires, yet they called the police when people were left in their front yard to beg. MAGA RVN 68-69

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