US Lawmakers Work to Salvage Immigration Deal
- Author: Leroy Wright Jan 20, 2018,
Jan 20, 2018, 13:05
Republican lawmakers held out hope that a deal can be reached allowing young undocumented immigrants to remain in the USA, despite President Donald Trump saying the effort is "probably dead" amid growing tensions about keeping the government funded past Friday.
It's always been thought that the key to unlocking any spending stalemate in Congress was to get closer to an immigration compromise.
Trump has denied making the vulgar remarks in the White House meeting with a bipartisan group of lawmakers, tweeting Friday: "The language used by me at the DACA meeting was tough, but this was not the language used".
DACA or Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, is a program that gives legal protection to the young immigrants, who are known as "Dreamers". "And I think if we can get back to the negotiating table quietly, calmly, I think we can get it done - because we have no other option".
Gowdy, who was named chairman of the House Oversight Committee in June, indicated in his resignation letter to House Speaker Paul Ryan that he knew he would not be able to maintain all his committee assignments after his Chairmanship appointment. But he left a door open that a deal could be reached with Democrats in Congress.
"I heard that account before the account even went public", he said on "This Week".
Top White House aides, including chief of staff John Kelly, will head to Capitol Hill this week to sell a clean spending bill, White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said Tuesday, adding that Trump and the White House have "made it pretty clear we want a clean budget deal".
"It wasn't helpful that we not only lost a few days, but that, look, in order to get anything (legislated). you need to be able to sit down and have frank, sometimes hard conversations without fear that someone will go out there and try to use it", Diaz-Balart told CNN. "We are trying to come forward with a compromise".
The House is only the first obstacle, however.
Democrats can do their damage in the Senate, where Republicans own just a one-seat majority, yet need 60 votes to pass the spending bill.
Senator Edward Kennedy bitterly challenged Democratic incumbent Jimmy Carter in 1980, and far-right candidate Pat Buchanan opposed fellow Republican George Bush in 1988. "Therefore, the only hope of avoiding a government shutdown at the end of the week is yet another short-term punt".
"There's no sense for that to happen". It's true that Democrats see illegal immigrants entering the country as a great bloc of potential, someday voters; we need no ghost come from the grave to tell us that.
The Democrats fired out an all-caps email blast saying: "ON TUESDAY, DONALD TRUMP SECURED HIS LEGACY AS A CHAMPION OF CRUELTY". Donald Trump's political future may well hinge on 2018, when he risks losing control of Congress in crucial elections that kick off the next White House battle - likely to pit the president against both Democrats and rogue Republican challengers.
But they are all Democrat sticking points, he alleged.
Let's them shut down the government, as they promised.
Should the Freedom Caucus vote as a bloc, they could prevent passage of the spending bill in the House. Similarly counterproductive are moves like the one by Democratic representatives Jerrold Nadler and Cedric Richmond, who vowed to introduce a bill to censure Trump for his comments. "There needs to be a narrow approach that deals with DREAMers and increases border security", he said, and there are several bills out there already that do both. You have a vast agreement between the Democrats and the Republicans. It doesn't seem that complicated-just add another $16 billion. The agency was forced to act after a federal judge in San Francisco Tuesday temporarily blocked the administration's plan to end the DACA program, which was started by President Barack Obama.