DEMS/DREAMERS/GOP/IMMIGRATION/POLITICS: “Cannot believe how BADLY DACA recipients have been treated by the Democrats…totally abandoned! Republicans are still working hard.”
-Donald Trump, Twitter.com, Feb. 16, 2018 09:49am
DEMS/DREAMERS/GOP/IMMIGRATION/POLITICS: “Cannot believe how BADLY DACA recipients have been treated by the Democrats…totally abandoned! Republicans are still working hard.”
-Donald Trump, Twitter.com, Feb. 16, 2018 09:49am
CRIME/POLITICS: “A bipartisan group of senators pushing to revive legislation that would bring sweeping changes to federal sentencing laws cleared a key hurdle on Thursday [2-15-18], but the effort appeared likely to stall once again.
Advocates of criminal justice overhaul from both parties say that their proposals have only gained in popularity since 2015, when a similar and much-promoted bipartisan push petered out amid disputes as 2016 campaigns took shape.
A new version of the measure passed the Senate Judiciary Committee 16 to 5 on Thursday, winning plaudits from an unlikely coalition of conservative, libertarian and liberal lawmakers and outside groups that have backed it.
What happens next will depend on whether that coalition can persuade Senator Mitch McConnell, Republican of Kentucky and the majority leader, to allow a full Senate vote.
The prospects appeared dim. Mr. McConnell, who controls the Senate floor, continues to see the issue as a loser for Republicans, despite a wave of similar overhauls embraced by states across the country. He has argued that the issue divides Republicans, many of whom remain averse to lessening criminal penalties of any kind, and could dampen enthusiasm at the polls.
It will be up to Senator Charles E. Grassley of Iowa, the influential chairman of the Judiciary Committee and the lead author of the bill, to try to change Mr. McConnell’s mind, and he suggested that President Trump’s desire for legislative accomplishments could help sway the leader.”
-Nicholas Fandos, “Senate’s Renewed Push for Sentencing Overhaul Hits a Familiar Roadblock,” The New York Times online, Feb. 15, 2018
2A/GUNS/POLITICS: “After a gunman in Las Vegas slaughtered country-music fans with assault weapons that mimicked a machine gun, lawmakers from both parties said they would move quickly to ban so-called bump stocks.
After a mass shooter massacred churchgoers in Sutherland Springs, Tex., the No. 2 Republican in the Senate, John Cornyn of Texas, was stirred to action, pledging legislation to bolster the nation’s instant background check system for would-be gun buyers. Congress has effectively done neither.
That inaction sank in on Thursday [2-15-18], as lawmakers confronted yet another mass shooting, this time with some of the survivors imploring Congress to finally take action. Republicans called for prayers, but argued that no single fix to the nation’s gun laws would deter a shooting like the one on Wednesday in Parkland, Fla., that left 17 people dead, many of them children…
Democrats, who have put forward a spate of gun safety bills only to see them left unaddressed by Republicans, who control the House and Senate, seethed with frustration… But the failure to act on the instant background check and bump-stock bills underscored that even on the most modest of gun measures, Congress is simply incapable of a response.
What was striking in the aftermath of the carnage at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School is that, now, even the victims and survivors are willing to call their leaders out.”
-Nicholas Fandos and Thomas Kaplan, “Frustration Grows as Congress Shows Inability to Pass Even Modest Gun Measures,” The New York Times online, Feb. 15, 2018
DREAMERS/IMMIGRATION/POLITICS/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “The Senate’s much-hyped immigration debate ended in a megaflop on Thursday [2-15-18]. Every proposal that got considered fell short of the Senate’s 60-vote threshold, leaving the undocumented immigrants known as Dreamers in limbo and lawmakers with nothing to show for weeks of negotiations. A bipartisan agreement was rejected 54-45, after a furious White House campaign to defeat it, including a Thursday veto threat. It would have given an estimated 1.8 million undocumented immigrants a path to citizenship while spending $25 billion on border security.
In the end, only eight Republicans joined all but three Democrats in support of the proposal… But in a blow to Trump, a GOP amendment to enshrine his four-part immigration framework, including cuts to legal immigration, was defeated by an even wider margin — 39-60. The upshot is stalemate, despite long-running negotiations, particularly among the bipartisan group of mostly moderate senators.
Two other amendments were also rejected: a narrower plan with no border wall funding from Sens. John McCain (R-Ariz.) and Chris Coons (D-Del.) on a 52-47 vote, and a sanctuary cities measure from Sen. Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) on a 54-45 vote... The White House’s veto threat against the bipartisan agreement singled out its language directing enforcement officers to, when it comes to the removal of undocumented immigrants who have broken no other laws, prioritize individuals who arrived in the country after June 30, 2018.”
-Elana Schor and Burgess Everett, “Senate immigration debate ends in failure,” Politico, Feb. 15, 2018 04:40pm
DREAMERS/IMMIGRATION/POLITICS: “The Senate’s much-hyped immigration debate is heading toward a megaflop on Thursday [2-15-18]. All three plans slated for votes are shy of the Senate’s 60-vote threshold, likely leaving lawmakers with nothing to show for weeks of talks and Dreamers in limbo.
A bipartisan agreement unveiled Wednesday faces intense skepticism from the left flank of the Democratic caucus and hardening resistance from many Republicans amid a White House campaign to defeat it, including a Thursday veto threat. It would give an estimated 1.8 million undocumented immigrants a path to citizenship while spending $25 billion on border security… But Republicans also acknowledge a GOP amendment that would enshrine President Donald Trump’s four-part immigration framework, including cuts to legal immigration, is also short of 60 votes. Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) has said that he could support the Trump framework, but no other red-state Democrat has joined him…
The White House’s veto threat against the bipartisan agreement singles out its language directing enforcement officers to, when it comes to the removal of undocumented immigrants who have broken no other laws, prioritize individuals who arrived in the country after June 30, 2018. That policy would ‘produce a flood of new illegal immigration in the coming months,’ the White House warned.”
-Elana Schor and Burgess Everett, “Senate set for face-plant on immigration,” Politico, Feb. 15, 2018 12:37pm
IMMIGRATION/POLITICS: “The Senate prepared to vote Thursday [12-15-18] on a series of immigration measures after months of feuding, including a bipartisan compromise aimed at appeasing both parties’ concerns as well as a rival plan drawn up by the White House. Lawmakers are nearing the end of the one week allotted to immigration debate without knowing if any bill could pass in the chamber, or meet the demands of President Donald Trump.
The bipartisan bill, introduced Wednesday night by Sens. Mike Rounds (R., S.D.) and Angus King (I., Maine), appeared close to pinning down the 60 votes needed to advance in the Senate, but remained a few votes shy Thursday morning.
Eight Republicans, including Mr. Rounds, had backed the bill Wednesday night and most Democrats were expected to support it. But Mr. Trump has urged senators to support his own plan and reject any other, and the Homeland Security Department said in a statement early Thursday morning it strongly opposed the bipartisan bill. That could make it tougher for the measure to secure additional GOP support…
The administration said Thursday that the bipartisan measure fell short of what Mr. Trump had spelled out Wednesday was needed for him to sign a bill.”
-Kristina Peterson and Siobhan Hughes, “Senate Readies Votes on Immigration Measures,” The Wall Street Journal online, Feb. 15, 2018 10:19am
CRISIS/POLITICS/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “I will be leaving for Florida today to meet with some of the bravest people on earth – but people whose lives have been totally shattered. Am also working with Congress on many fronts.”
-Donald Trump, Twitter.com, Feb. 16, 2018 09:37am
DREAMERS/IMMIGRATION/POLITICS/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “President Trump on Wednesday [2-14-18] called on lawmakers to oppose a series of bipartisan efforts to address immigration and resolve the fate of the so-called ‘Dreamers,’ demanding fealty to his hard-line approach and increasing the odds of political gridlock as the Senate debates the issue.
Senators in both parties are racing against a self-imposed, end-of-the-week deadline to write legislation that could win broad support by increasing border security while at the same time offering a path to citizenship for immigrants brought to the United States as children.
But in a morning statement, Mr. Trump urged senators to oppose any bill that did not also embrace the ‘four pillars’ of his immigration approach, which includes a rewrite of the nation’s immigration laws that would close the country’s borders to many immigrants trying to come to the United States legally… The president’s decision to weigh in forcefully is likely to undermine the efforts of several bipartisan groups in the Senate and the House by calling into question whether any legislation they come up with might be dead-on-arrival once they make it to the president’s desk… The top Republicans in both the House and Senate praised the president’s statement, describing it as a boost for the approach that many of their more conservative members support.”
-Michael D. Shear and Eileen Sullivan, “Trump Threatens to Veto Immigration Bills that Don’t Meet His Demands,” The New York Times online, Feb. 14, 2018
CYBERWAR/POLITICS/RUSSIA/VOTING: “As the midterm elections approach, Russia is likely to throw more propaganda at Americans, using people sympathetic to their messages and fake personalities on social media — many of them run by bots — to sow further political and social divisions in the United States, American intelligence chiefs said on Tuesday [2-13-18].
The intelligence officials offered their caution during testimony to the Senate Intelligence Committee’s annual hearing on worldwide threats, and said that Russia believes its interference in the 2016 presidential election largely achieved its chief aim — weakening faith in the American democracy. Moscow now sees the coming Congressional elections as a chance to build on its gains, they said…
The warnings were striking in their contrast to President Trump’s views on Russia… American intelligence agencies sharply disagree, and their darker view of Russia’s actions was clear on Tuesday. Mr. Coats was joined at the hearing by the leaders of the Central Intelligence Agency, the National Security Agency, the F.B.I. and other intelligence agencies.
Russian hackers are already scanning American electoral systems, intelligence officials have said, and using bot armies to promote partisan causes on social media. Russia also appears eager to spread information — real and fake — that deepens political divisions, including purported evidence that ties Mr. Trump to Russia, and its efforts to influence the 2016 election.”
-Matthew Rosenberg, “Russia Sees Midterm Elections as Chance to Sow Fresh Discord, Intelligence Chiefs Warn,” The New York Times online, Feb. 13, 2018
DREAMERS/IMMIGRATION/POLITICS: “The immigration debate that begins Monday [2-12-18] in the Senate promises to be the rarest of things in Washington: a freewheeling, open-ended battle over one of the thorniest subjects, with the expected outcome completely unclear.
Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R., Ky.) will begin debate on a shell bill that has no immigration provisions, to be filled in with senators’ amendments. The process could take days or weeks, depending on the number of amendments offered and the amount of time Mr. McConnell wishes to devote to a single policy area.
It is rare these days for a bill to come to the floor that doesn’t have built-in support from the majority party; even rarer still one that is essentially an empty vessel—to be filled with the ideas of whichever group of senators can come up with the needed votes.
The primary goal for many senators is to protect young people brought to the U.S. illegally as children, who will soon lose Obama-era protections. But the lawmakers will consider a wide range of other ideas aimed at combating illegal immigration and overhauling the system of legal immigration.”
-Laura Meckler and Siobhan Hughes, “Immigration to Get Freewheeling Debate in the Senate,” The Wall Street Journal online, Feb. 12, 2018 08:49am
BETSY DEVOS/EDUCATION/POLITICS: “The majority of states now have the green light from Education Secretary Betsy DeVos to begin implementing a sweeping federal law passed in 2015 to replace the much-maligned No Child Left Behind law.
But state and federal education policymakers are running into a surprising source of opposition: governors.
Ms. DeVos has approved 35 plans, including those from Puerto Rico and Washington, D.C., that provide a road map for complying with the federal Every Student Succeeds Act, a bipartisan law passed under President Barack Obama that returns the reins of education reform to states. The law required every state education department to submit a plan.
Of those 35, six are from states where the governor refused to sign on: Maryland, Georgia, Wisconsin, Missouri, Louisiana and New York. Three others that did not get a governor’s endorsement — those from Nebraska, Oklahoma and Kentucky — are pending approval.
Of the nine disputed plans, seven are opposed by Republican governors.”
-Erica L. Green, “As DeVos Approves Education Plans, She Finds Skeptics in G.O.P. Governors,” The New York Times online, Feb. 11, 2018
GOP/POLITICS/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Rep. Lou Barletta, a Great Republican from Pennsylvania who was one of my very earliest supporters, will make a FANTASTIC Senator. He is strong & smart, loves Pennsylvania & loves our Country! Voted for Tax Cuts, unlike Bob Casey, who listened to Tax Hikers Pelosi and Schumer!”
-Donald Trump, Twitter.com, Feb. 11, 2018 03:26pm
DEMS/INTELLIGENCE/POLITICS: “The Democrats sent a very political and long response memo which they knew, because of sources and methods (and more), would have to be heavily redacted, whereupon they would blame the White House for lack of transparency. Told them to re-do and send back in proper form!”
-Donald Trump, Twitter.com, Feb. 10, 2018 09:20am
POLITICS/TRUMP PEOPLE: “Omarosa Manigault-Newman, the ‘Apprentice’ star turned White House aide, dished on her time in the Trump administration and her former boss’ penchant for Twitter.
‘I was haunted by tweets every single day, like what is he going to tweet next?’ a tearful Manigault-Newman said in the teaser clip for Thursday’s [2-8-18] episode of ‘Celebrity Big Brother,’ the reality show on which she is a contestant.
Manigault-Newman claimed that when she attempted to reason with President Donald Trump about some of his tweets, she was “attacked” and denied access by ‘all of the people around him,’ including Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner, and daughter Ivanka Trump.
Manigault-Newman described the situation inside the White House as ‘bad.’ Asked whether the nation should be concerned about the administration, she nodded, adding, ‘it’s going to not be OK.’
White House principal deputy press secretary Raj Shah dismissed Manigault-Newman’s comments at a news briefing Thursday.”
-Jennifer Hansler, “Omarosa: ‘I was haunted by tweets every single day’,” CNN Politics, CNN.com, Feb. 9, 2018 10:59am
BUDGET/POLITICS/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “President Donald Trump signed a two-year budget deal Friday [2-9-18] morning, along with a stopgap spending bill to end a brief government shutdown. The measure narrowly passed in the House hours earlier, in a 240-186 vote, overcoming opposition from both conservative Republicans opposed to boosting federal spending and Democrats worried its passage would diminish their leverage in the coming debate over immigration.
After months of funding the government through short-term patches, a coalition of centrist House Republicans and Democrats combined to end the year’s second government shutdown and resolve a fiscal fight that had spilled over from 2017. The Senate had passed the spending package hours earlier in a 71-28 vote. The president signed the bill about 8:30 a.m…
The budget deal’s passage effectively ends one of the most high-stakes fights in Washington, which devolved last month into a three-day partial government shutdown and a second, shorter one Friday. By ensuring stable government funding, the budget agreement removes the threat of a shutdown from Democrats’ arsenal, disappointing those who had wanted the minority party to wield it in the coming fight over immigration.”
-Kristina Peterson and Natalie Andrews, “Trump Signs Budget Deal, Stopgap Spending Bill to End Shutdown,” The Wall Street Journal online, Feb. 9, 2018 09:37am
DEMS/GOP/MILITARY/POLITICS: “Without more Republicans in Congress, we were forced to increase spending on things we do not like or want in order to finally, after many years of depletion, take care of our Military. Sadly, we needed some Dem votes for passage. Must elect more Republicans in 2018 Election!”
-Donald Trump, Twitter.com, Feb. 9, 2018 08:47am
BUDGET/HEALTHCARE/OBAMACARE(ACA)/POLITICS: “In a rare show of congressional cooperation, Republican and Democratic leaders in the Senate announced a two-year budget deal Wednesday [2-7-18] that would increase federal spending for defense as well as key domestic priorities, including many health programs.
Not in the deal, for which the path to the president’s desk remains unclear, is any bipartisan legislation aimed at shoring up the Affordable Care Act’s individual health insurance marketplaces. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., promised Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, a vote on health legislation in exchange for her vote for the GOP tax bill in December. So far, that vote hasn’t materialized.
The deal does appear to include almost every other health priority Democrats have been pushing the past several months, including two years of renewed funding for community health centers and a series of other health programs Congress failed to provide for before they technically expired last year… Senate leaders are still negotiating details of the accord, including the size of a cut to the Prevention and Public Health Fund, which would help offset the costs of this legislation.”
-Julie Rovner and Shefali Luthra, “Senate Budget Deal Would Give A Boost To Health Programs,” NPR, Feb. 8, 2018 09:28am
DREAMERS/IMMIGRATION/POLITICAL FIGURES/POLITICS: “Representative Nancy Pelosi, the House Democratic leader, took the House floor at 10:04 a.m. Eastern on Wednesday [2-7-18], intent on speaking about the young undocumented immigrants known as Dreamers. Eight hours and seven minutes later, she quit talking.
Her marathon monologue — highly unusual for the House, which has no equivalent to the Senate filibuster — appears to have set the record for the longest continuous speech in the chamber, dating to at least 1909, according to the House historian. It tied up the House into the evening, delaying debate on a bill intended to spur competition in the mortgage market.
It also demonstrated, yet again, why Ms. Pelosi, 77, of California, remains one of the most enduring — and to many, infuriating — figures in Washington… Ms. Pelosi’s speech came as Republicans were scrambling to pass legislation to keep the government open. A short-term funding bill expires at midnight Thursday.
Ms. Pelosi has said she will not vote for the measure…. In holding the floor for more than eight hours, Ms. Pelosi took advantage of the House’s so-called magic-minute rule, which permits the majority leader, the minority leader and the House speaker to talk as long as they like. According to the House historian, she beat a record set by Representative Champ Clark of Missouri, who spoke for 5 hours and 15 minutes in 1909 to protest a tariff overhaul…
Senator Mitch McConnell, the majority leader, has promised an open debate in the Senate on immigration legislation, with senators of both parties allowed to offer amendments, if a deal is not reached by Thursday. Ms. Pelosi is calling on Speaker Paul D. Ryan to make a similar commitment in the House.”
-Sheryl Gay Stolberg, “Pelosi Held House Floor in Advocacy of ‘Dreamers’ for More Than 8 Hours,” The New York Times online, Feb. 7, 2018
BUDGET/POLITICS/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/TRUMP POSITION CHANGES: “Senate leaders, disregarding President Trump’s blustery threats to shut down the government, neared a far-reaching agreement on Wednesday [2-7-18] to set spending levels on military and domestic spending for the next two years, breaking the cycle of fiscal crises that have bedeviled the Capitol since last summer.
The accord was expected to also include disaster relief for areas hit by last year’s hurricanes and wildfires.
Nevertheless, it sparked immediate opposition from the leader of House Democrats, Representative Nancy Pelosi, who said she could not agree to any budget deal that was not accompanied by a promised debate over legislation to protect the fate of young immigrants brought to the country illegally as children, known as Dreamers…
The budget deal would be paired with a stopgap spending measure that would keep federal agencies open past Thursday, when the current funding measure is set to expire.”
-Thomas Kaplan, “Congressional Leaders Near Deal to Raise Spending over Two Years,” The New York Times online, Feb. 7, 2018
BUDGET/POLITICS: “Congressional leaders said Wednesday [2-7-18] they have reached an agreement on a two-year budget deal, charting a path out of the long-running turmoil over spending and immigration that culminated in a government shutdown last month.
The agreement raises federal spending by almost $300 billion over two years above limits imposed by a 2011 budget law. If approved by the GOP-controlled Congress, the deal would mark the triumph of defense hawks, who have pushed for higher military spending, over the dwindling number of conservatives focused on reducing the federal budget deficit.
The budget deal would raise military spending by $80 billion through the rest of fiscal year, which runs through September, and by $85 billion in fiscal year 2019, according to a congressional aide familiar with the agreement.
Congressional leaders also agreed to raise nondefense spending by $63 billion in this fiscal year and $68 billion the following year, according to the aide, addressing demands from Democrats, who had pushed for boosting domestic spending…
The budget deal would set the overall spending levels for the next two fiscal years, but lawmakers will need several weeks to translate that into detailed spending legislation. Congress will need to pass a short-term spending bill this week to avoid a government shutdown when its current funding expires at 12:01 a.m. Friday.
The House on Tuesday night passed a spending bill that would keep the Defense Department funded through September and the rest of the government through March 23. The Senate is likely to strip out the military funding and include the two-year budget agreement, lawmakers said this week.”
-Kristina Peterson, “Congressional Leaders Say They Agree on Budget Deal,” The Wall Street Journal online, Feb. 7, 2018 12:50pm
DEMS/GOP/POLITICS/VOTING: “Democrats on Tuesday [2-6-18] picked up a state House seat in a Missouri legislative district that President Donald Trump won easily in 2016. The victory, coming on the heels of other Democratic state-level triumphs in deep-red territory in the past year, provides another indication of the engaged Democratic base that has Republicans worried about the 2018 midterm elections.
Unofficial numbers from the secretary of state’s office about the House District 97 race put Democrat Mike Revis 52-48 over Republican David Linton. The Jefferson County district, whose seat was held by a Republican who left for another position, went 61-33 for Trump in 2016. Republicans kept three seats up for grabs during Tuesday’s special elections, based on the preliminary results. The Missouri Democratic Party congratulated Revis on his win, calling it a “loud and clear message” to the local GOP establishment….
Revis’ win comes amid investigations into Missouri Republican Gov. Eric Greitens following allegations of blackmail against a woman with whom he had an affair. Greitens has admitted to the affair but has denied blackmailing the woman.
Scott Dieckhaus, a Missouri Republican operative who previously ran the state House GOP campaign committee, chalked up Linton’s loss to the scandal surrounding Greitens.”
-Maegan Vazquez, “Dems win Missouri state House race in district where Trump won big,” CNN Politics, CNN.com, Feb. 7, 2018 08:42am
BUDGET/DEMS/GOP/POLITICS: “With government funding set to expire on Thursday [2-8-18], Congress careened toward another standoff on Monday as House Republicans moved ahead with a temporary spending measure that Senate Democrats have promised to block.
By late Monday night, lawmakers had barely 72 hours remaining to avert another government shutdown after last month’s three-day closure, and their precise path for keeping the government open remained unclear.
At the same time, congressional leaders appeared to be closing in on a deal to raise strict caps on military and domestic spending, a pact that would help pave the way for a long-term spending package.
That package, in turn, would end the need for the seemingly endless series of temporary spending measures that have left lawmakers exasperated while repeatedly raising the threat of a government shutdown.
House Republicans emerged from a closed-door meeting on Monday night with a plan to pass a temporary spending measure that would fund the government through March 23. The measure would also include full-year funding for the Defense Department — boosting military spending, as President Trump and Republicans are determined to do — and it would include two years of funding for community health centers.”
-Thomas Kaplan, “House Pushes Another Stopgap Bill as Government Shutdown Looms,” The New York Times online, Feb. 5, 2018
IMMIGRATION/POLITICS/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “The White House is dismissing an immigration deal brokered by a bipartisan group of lawmakers as a non-starter just hours before it is expected to be formally introduced in the Senate.
Arizona Republican Sen. John McCain and Delaware Democratic Sen. Chris Coons are slated to introduce a bill Monday [2-5-18] that would grant eventual citizenship to young undocumented immigrants who have been in the country since 2013 and came to the US as children, but it does not address all of the President’s stated immigration priorities, like ending family-based immigration categories — which Republicans call ‘chain migration’ — or ending the diversity visa program.
It also would not immediately authorize the $30 billion that Trump is seeking to build the border wall, instead greenlighting a study of border security needs. The bill would also seek to address the number of undocumented immigrants staying in the US by increasing the number of resources for the immigration courts, where cases can take years to finish.
The bill is a companion to a piece of House legislation that has 54 co-sponsors split evenly by party.
A White House official rebuffed the effort, telling CNN that it takes ‘a lot of effort’ to write up a bill worse than the Graham-Durbin immigration bill, but somehow ‘this one is worse.’
Trump tweeted about the latest immigration efforts Monday, writing, ‘Any deal on DACA that does not include STRONG border security and the desperately needed WALL is a total waste of time. March 5th is rapidly approaching and the Dems seem not to care about DACA. Make a deal!’ “
-Kaitlan Collins and Tal Kopan, “White House rejects bipartisan immigration plan pushed by McCain, Coons,” CNN Politics, CNN.com, Feb. 5, 2018 10:50am
BUDGET/IMMIGRATION/POLITICS/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Congress is expected this week to pass yet another short-term spending bill to avoid a government shutdown, prompting a bipartisan pair of senators to introduce a narrow bill on immigration aimed at ending the impasse that has hindered a two-year budget deal.
The government’s current funding expires at 12:01 a.m. Friday [2-9-18]. Immigration has become entangled in the spending negotiations since President Donald Trump last year ended an Obama-era program that protects young people who were brought to the U.S. illegally as children, known as Dreamers.
Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman John McCain (R., Ariz.) and Sen. Chris Coons (D., Del.) plan to unveil a proposal that offers a path to citizenship for Dreamers and orders a comprehensive study to determine what border-security measures are needed. But the bill stops well short of almost all of the president’s demands—including immediate funding for the wall along the southern border—and is likely to meet a chilly reception from conservative Republicans…
The White House didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment on the bill.”
-Kristina Peterson and Laura Meckler, “‘Dreamer’ Talks Aim to End Budget Impasse,” The Wall Street Journal online, Feb. 4, 2018 07:41pm
DEMS/POLITICS/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “The Democrats just aren’t calling about DACA. Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer have to get moving fast, or they’ll disappoint you again. We have a great chance to make a deal or, blame the Dems! March 5th is coming up fast.”
-Donald Trump, Twitter.com, Feb. 1, 2018 10:32pm