Durbin defends holding DACA line in shutdown showdown

Durbin defends holding DACA line in shutdown showdown

Brownstein said, "They found 60 votes in the Senate in 2006 and 2013" for immigration legislation, and "each time the House Republican majority refused to take it up".

He has one condition: Senate Democrats can't shut down the government again on February 8, when the most recent short-term spending bill expires. The same article from The Washington Post states it has been 20 years since Congress successfully funded itself on time, and if it can not fund itself on time, the government shuts down. The Republicans have only 51 senators, so without nine Democrats voting for that bill, it couldn't pass. It's unlikely an infrastructure bill can pass on a simple, party-line majority, the way the tax overhaul was enacted previous year, using what's known as budget reconciliation.

Though the Democrat's refusal to allow the wall funding was appreciated by many, the fact still remains that they chose to end the filibuster on the promise that talks would continue.

The increasingly heated debates characterized by broad-based leadership from Democrats appears to have heightened public support for DACA recipients, particularly among democratic voters.

A quarter of those surveyed, including more than half of Republicans, said they were more interested in voting for Republicans because of the law.

Back in 2009, though, Schumer said that being an illegal immigrant was "wrong and we have to change it". But I think the limitation on legal immigration might be a step too far for them. "Personally, I took a proposal to the White House more than a week before the shutdown in the hopes that a bipartisan proposal would be accepted by the president".

Part of their reluctance to predict Democrat wins comes down to how districts are drawn to favor a Republican majority; one major factor that could change the outcome next fall are court challenges of electoral maps in Pennsylvania and North Carolina. "This can't just be all federal largess that pays for this", he said.

Kentucky Republican Senator Rand Paul says small states like his and Wyoming need the filibuster to protect them from an activist Congress. They are seeing these polls showing that up to 80% of Americans want a wall. Only $19 billion is recouped in taxes. The affair is said to have started shortly after Melania Trump had given birth to the president's youngest son, Barron.

"This is not a formula to pull our infrastructure out of disrepair", Wyden said in a statement.

Democrats increasingly do not say it, blurring the line between legal and illegal immigration.

It would seem that the ones who benefited the most from this shutdown were the Republicans. Tax-exempt bonds also would be expanded to help attract private investment, according to the draft. The new bill does not address the fate of undocumented immigrants protected under DACA, leaving many anxious about what will happen once the permanent bill is approved. At that point, Republicans won't have CHIP funding as leverage.

But the shutdown did highlight three realities for Democrats going forward.

"Trump open to path to citizenship for some dreamers in immigration deal" This is a good move, Mr. President http://www.latimes.com/politics/la-na-pol-essential-washington-updates-trump-to-send-framework-for-a-daca-bill-1516828449-htmlstory.html ...

"I think it's best if we go find out", Lankford told CNN in an exclusive interview while on a three-day trip to Central America this weekend.

"The less he tweets and the less he jerks the wheel of the bus left and right, the more likely we will be to actually accomplish the goal of addressing this longstanding and challenging issue", he said. The wall is in there, sure, and so is a path to citizenship not just for the 700,000 or so people who participated in the Obama administration's Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program but also for more than a million others who would have been eligible but did not apply.

Symbolism aside, the retirement of prominent candidates will make work more challenging forthe National Republican Congressional Committee, by forcing it to spread its resources more thinly across an increasing number of competitive races.



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