After Senate Minority Leader Chuch Schumer had his rear-end handed to him after the last spending bill showdown with President Donald Trump, caving on shutting the government down without getting anything in return, Democrats are in no mood for more of the same.
At the center of the standoff is an immigration deal that includes a solution to Trump ending the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program — participants are referred to as DREAMers.
With the last government funding agreement ending this week, Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill, appeared on CNN’s “State of the Union” on Sunday to say that his party will not be shutting down the federal government again, even though an immigration deal is not expected to be reached.
“There is not likely to be a DACA deal, though we’re working every single day on telephone calls and person-to-person to try to reach this bipartisan agreement,” said Durbin. “I don’t see a government shutdown coming.”
A vote on the next continuing resolution is due Thursday — Republicans are looking at a six-week bill that funds the government though March 23, tying it to a $659.2 billion defense spending measure for fiscal 2018, according to Defense News.
Durbin, the second ranked Democrat in the Senate, was encouraged by progress being made on immigration among moderates in the upper chamber.
“We’re making real progress,” Durbin said. “I want to salute the moderates in both the Republicans’ and Democratic caucuses in the Senate.”
“I do see a promise by Sen. McConnell to finally bring this critical issue that effects the lives of hundreds of thousands of people in America, finally bringing it to a full debate in the Senate,” he said.
In what amounts to moving the goal post after the fact, Durbin claimed that’s all they were after during the Schumer shutdown.
“That’s what we were looking for when there was a shutdown,” he told host Jake Tapper. We have achieved that goal. We’re moving forward.”
The Trump Administration’s immigration proposal envisions an America that is less diverse than it is today. This is not an acceptable premise. pic.twitter.com/nOo1HPzTcE
— Dick Durbin (@DickDurbin) February 5, 2018
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