Anger rises from left as DACA left out of budget deal again
Feb 12 2018
It's an open question if there are cards left to play in the push to enshrine the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals policy into law.
Still, Pelosi indicated she wouldn't be formally whipping her members against the bill Thursday morning. And to the news media, she's arguing that if there is a shutdown, it's because Ryan (and President Donald Trump) failed to grant a vote - not just failed to compromise, but wouldn't even permit a vote - on a popular issue. "It is as simple as that", said Illinois Rep. Luis Gutierrez, a longtime Democratic advocate of immigration reform.
The U.S. government stumbled into a shutdown at midnight as a rogue Senate Republican blocked a speedy vote on a massive, bipartisan, budget-busting spending deal, protesting the return of trillion-dollar deficits on the watch of Republicans controlling Washington. Arizona Democrat Raul Grijalva called the episode "disheartening". "When we protect the Dreamers, we honor the highest ideals of America. So that's an alternative we're going to suggest to him and work with him on".
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell arrives to the Capitol as the Senate continues work on ending the government shutdown in Washington, D.C., on January 22, 2018. So where does that put things now that this budget deal has passed? Pro-immigration advocacy groups were sending similar messages to Democratic offices as well.
The bill also keeps the government running until late March.
"First of all, we have the Senate procedure, which is my hope". We want a DACA solution.
Pelosi's instincts and skills were honed in the living room of 245 Albemarle St.in Baltimore, where the youngest of six and only daughter of Mayor Tom D'Alesandro Jr., learned to count votes by precinct and helped manage the "favor file", keeping track of those from whom reciprocation might be asked someday. "And then hopefully tomorrow she will validate that trust by stopping us from voting for it. And then that would be it - we'd resist everything else, any other amendments, and then go back to the House and create all the pressure in the House to make it happen".
Ryan said again Thursday he was determined to bring an immigration bill to the floor this year - albeit only one that has Trump's blessing.
House Democrats have reversed course and started whipping members to vote against the bipartisan budget deal to fund the government and avert another shutdown.
The House vote ensured most employees would report for work as usual.
Considering that the current budget deal does not include protections for dreamers, Pelosi's goal was to stall long enough to hopefully force a vote on the Dream Act. They'll begin debating immigration next week.
KELLY: Now, the White House reiterated this week that President Trump does not plan to extend that March 5 deadline, which leaves Congress with just over three weeks to pass a deal.
Republican Charlie Dent of Pennsylvania said he's been urging fellow moderates to use their numbers the way that conservatives on the right flank do. If they lose, it's probably because the votes just weren't there for them, not because they were outmaneuvered or didn't fight as hard as they could for the Democratic agenda.
But others have doubts. After passage in the Senate, the deal will move to the House for approval. "We have always said nothing is agreed to until everything is agreed to". "We could vote on it 90-10". The bill did not include DREAMers so Democrats blocked it; to end the stalemate, Schumer agreed to a deal with McConnell that called for the Senate to immediately take up DREAMer legislation if there was no broader accord by February 8.