DACA Democrats May Take Blame Over Looming Shutdown
- Author: Carolyn Briggs Jan 19, 2018,
Jan 19, 2018, 5:02
'The Administration supports the bill's multiyear funding extension of the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP)'.
"I'm looking for something that President Trump supports, and he's not yet indicated what measure he's willing to sign", he said.
The hardening stance reflects the influence of an emboldened Democratic base clamoring for a showdown with a president many on the left view as racist and untrustworthy.
Despite being in the minority, Democrats have substantial influence on the issue because some Republicans concerned about government spending - such as Sen.
All of these things were said, causing Sens. Dick Durbin (D-IL). We'll see what happens.
Graham is among a half-dozen senators of both parties who crafted an immigration agreement that Trump shot down last week.
Dreamers are hoping for the alternate possibility: that Senate Democrats will say they can't support a bill that doesn't address DACA, even if it means a government shutdown until Congress comes to an immigration deal.
Trump's tweets came just hours after his administration resumed receiving renewal applications for "Dreamers" under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program following a federal court order blocking the administration from ending the program.
The White House acknowledged the unlikelihood of a deal emerging in time.
'We do support the short-term CR, ' White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders told reporters, referring to the so-called continuing resolution.
Leadership also had to convince defense hawks to back another short-term spending bill after they've said repeatedly that they have deep concerns about how that could affect the military. However, there still is large gap between Republicans and Democrats over immigration.
House Republicans were meeting privately late Tuesday to discuss their plans, and bargainers from both sides talked of gathering Wednesday. A number of moderate Democrats up for re-election in states Trump won in 2016 said they were undecided.
The President's controversial comments to lawmakers in the Oval Office came after he held on-camera bipartisan talks at the White House last week in which he appeared open to making a deal with both Republicans and Democrats.
One of the most freakish aspects of this whole fight over DACA and shitholes and Trump's racism is that Trump seems to think that if the failure to reach an immigration deal results in a government shutdown, he can credibly blame the Democrats for it and the people will go along with that.
And on Tuesday he tweeted, "The Democrats want to shut down the Government over Amnesty for all and Border Security".
Republicans have enough votes to push a measure through the House if they stay largely united. Tim Kaine and Mark Warner all released statements that they'd vote against a short-term funding bill Thursday morning. Conservatives were also threatening to balk.
"The House Republican majority is moving forward with a continuing resolution that is very likely to be unacceptable to the Senate and may well be unacceptable to House Republicans", Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, a Democrat from NY, said on the Senate floor, adding the proposal "prepared by the Speaker is not an honest attempt to govern".
It was a replay of a familiar scenario on Capitol Hill, where House Republican infighting might lead to a shutdown at the end of the week.
Members bemoaned the need for another stopgap measure - the fourth in just six months - but members inside the conference meeting Tuesday night described an atmosphere that was mostly supportive of Republican leaders, who many admitted had little choice than to put another short-term spending bill on the floor. Democrats seeking leverage are forcing that bill to require 60 votes for passage.
It's always been thought that the key to unlocking any spending stalemate in Congress was to get closer to an immigration compromise. But leaders publicly doubted that they had time to pair such a deal with a short-term plan to keep the government open beyond Friday. However, as the deal is negotiated, the President wants to ensure our military and national security are funded.