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DEVELOPING; Senate Dems take deal, clearing way to end shutdown

Posted by on Jan. 22, 2018 at 12:38 PM
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Senate Dems take deal, clearing way to end shutdown

Senate Democrats say they are accepting a deal with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) for an immigration vote, clearing the way for passage of a bill to reopen the federal government. 

McConnell early Monday promised to take up an immigration bill that would protect an estimated 800,000 Dreamers from deportation, under an open amendment process, if Democrats would agree to end the government shutdown. 

Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y) said that pledge was enough for his caucus to accept a three-week government funding bill, which is now set to pass at noon.

"After several discussions, offers and counteroffers, the Republican leader and I have come to an arrangement. We will vote today to reopen the government to continue negotiating a global agreement," Schumer said. 

Schumer said McConnell has committed that if negotiators fail to reach an immigration deal before the stopgap spending measure expires on Feb. 8 “the Senate will immediately proceed to consideration of legislation” to protect Dreamers.

He said McConnell has promised that immigration debate “will be neutral and fair to all sides.”

“Now there is a real pathway to get a bill on the floor and through the Senate. It is a good solution and I will vote for it,” Schumer added.

The agreement likely ends a three-day government shutdown that began at midnight Saturday after Democrats voted to block a month-long House-passed stopgap that extended funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program but did nothing to protect illegal immigrants who came to the country at a young age facing deportation.

Democrats held a 90-minute meeting before the vote on whether to accept McConnell’s offer.

Many of them worried that it fell short of their demands to reach a deal to replace the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program with President Trump or at least a promise from Republicans to pass immigration legislation to a must-pass bill.

Schumer said he has not spoken to President Trump since a meeting at the White House Friday.

DEVELOPING ...

by on Jan. 22, 2018 at 12:38 PM
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meriana
by Ruby Member on Jan. 22, 2018 at 12:56 PM
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So we can expect another shut-down in 3 weeks? 

As for protecting the dreamers, no matter what is done for them, it will not be enough, many will still claim they're treated unfairly. Protecting them may result in more illegal entry as some will decide that if they enter the country and wait long enough, etc., the government will eventually "fix" it for them, especially if the relatives of dreamers are also given protection.

Mrs.KAZ
by Gold Member on Jan. 22, 2018 at 1:02 PM
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Why are we always having these budget stop gaps. Why is this part of our government now? Make a budget for the year, vote on it, end of it. Then government won't be in danger of shut down, and we won't have these pissing matches.
tiafez
by Bronze Member on Jan. 22, 2018 at 1:03 PM
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by this which some may see as giving in, the Democrats are setting the GOP/President up to act in a timely manner as they've promised to. With the world, and the voters, watching the Democrats accepted what they must see as dubious promises from McConnell. With this acceptance the Democrats have shown they're putting the government first but will be waiting for all promises to be honored. Should those things not be honored, and if one goes by the track record of this particular administration, they will not be, then the GOP shows it's true soul. It shows that the Democrats are willing to compromise. February the 8th will be a come to Jebus for the GOP and the President
well played Democrats, well played.

Luvnlogic
by Platinum Member on Jan. 22, 2018 at 1:05 PM
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Good. Now let’s see if the other side follows through on their promises to tackle the issues left by the wayside for now.
numbr1wmn
by Lina on Jan. 22, 2018 at 1:07 PM
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This is what the Republicans wanted in the first place

jessilin0113
by Ruby Member on Jan. 22, 2018 at 1:08 PM

McConnell early Monday promised to take up an immigration bill that would protect an estimated 800,000 Dreamers from deportation, under an open amendment process, if Democrats would agree to end the government shutdown. 



tiafez
by Bronze Member on Jan. 22, 2018 at 1:11 PM

ding ding ding we have a winner, help yourself to a stuffed animal from the top shelf! 

democrats just forced him to do it.

Quoting jessilin0113:

McConnell early Monday promised to take up an immigration bill that would protect an estimated 800,000 Dreamers from deportation, under an open amendment process, if Democrats would agree to end the government shutdown. 



Verified BM/SM/BOB .... wwnsdd?

Jambo4
by Silver Member on Jan. 22, 2018 at 1:47 PM
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Looks like a Republican win to me.

Quoting numbr1wmn:

This is what the Republicans wanted in the first place

Missus_Mom
by Silver Member on Jan. 22, 2018 at 2:00 PM

Are the Dems putting conditions on the immigration bill, like chain migration stays?

M4LG5
by Silver Member on Jan. 22, 2018 at 2:08 PM

I"m curious to know what you think what really happens with chain migration?  I have a feeling you are really misinformed.

Quoting Missus_Mom:

Are the Dems putting conditions on the immigration bill, like chain migration stays?


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