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Democrats acknowledge defeat on DACA this year

Democrats on Thursday acknowledged that they had all but been defeated on efforts to pass an immigration fix and othe...

Posted: Dec 22, 2017 11:41 AM
Updated: Dec 22, 2017 11:41 AM

Democrats on Thursday acknowledged that they had all but been defeated on efforts to pass an immigration fix and other priorities by the end of the year, with a short-term funding bill on track for passage.

Liberal lawmakers had said they would not support leaving for the year without their wish list of priorities, including action on the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, but have run out of time.

Party firebrands say they are not giving up but acknowledge there is little that can be done

Senate Democrats grappled with not wanting to be blamed for a government shutdown

The GOP-controlled Congress is set to pass a spending bill keeping the government open through mid-January, and then likely adjourn for the year.

Democrats and Republicans have been negotiating on a permanent fix for DACA, a program President Donald Trump has decided to end that protects from deportation young undocumented immigrants who came to the US as children. Those negotiations will continue over the holiday break, likely by phone, according to a source familiar.

In a show of force and frustration on Thursday afternoon, a group of roughly 17 Congressional Hispanic Caucus members marched from the House side of the Capitol to Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer's office flanked by members of the press corps, to urge him to hold the line on DACA and other Democratic priorities, including funding for children's health insurance, budget caps on domestic spending and support for veterans.

After roughly an hourlong meeting, the members came out claiming success in having done all they could do and gotten a commitment from Schumer -- but acknowledged that the commitment was only about increasing the show of force.

"Basically, Leader Schumer promised he'd urge the majority of senators to vote no, as many as possible, and if we can't get it done now, we will lay it all on the line on the 19th, when we come back in January, based upon the caps," said Democratic Rep. Darren Soto of Florida.

Caucus Chairwoman Michelle Lujan Grisham said Schumer committed "to clearly move and grow the number of senators" who would stand firm on priorities. But when asked if the number was "more than 14," as opposed to all 48, by a member of the press, Grisham acknowledged: "That's what we're saying."

"We are clear about moving the needle. And with that needle, if we end up being able to fill the tank and get what we need right now, before the holidays, we are all in," the New Mexico Democrat said. "We will cross each bridge and each issue as they occur."

Senate Democratic Whip Dick Durbin of Illinois told CNN that while some Democrats will oppose the Senate bill, which doesn't include their priorities, that doesn't mean all 48 Democrats in the Senate -- at least eight of whom are likely to face tough re-election fights next year -- will vote against the funding.

"There's a pretty good showing in there of no votes, for a lot of reasons," Durbin said of his caucus.

Mississippi Coronavirus Cases

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Cases: 149940

Reported Deaths: 3779
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Hinds9984199
Harrison7116110
Jackson6360119
Rankin5588103
Lee509195
Madison4799106
Forrest383186
Jones357688
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Lafayette326051
Washington3179107
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Neshoba2206118
Marshall217250
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Monroe198177
Sunflower191655
Lincoln190865
Warren176857
Tate169851
Union167325
Copiah164140
Pike162658
Yazoo156039
Scott154829
Itawamba152935
Pearl River152167
Alcorn151328
Coahoma150543
Simpson148353
Prentiss146230
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Leake134944
Holmes130861
George125524
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Winston122224
Hancock121139
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Marion116646
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Newton105629
Tallahatchie97027
Clay91327
Clarke90553
Jasper82822
Stone77014
Walthall76928
Calhoun75513
Montgomery74525
Carroll72415
Lawrence71814
Smith71316
Yalobusha71327
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Jefferson Davis57017
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Webster44314
Kemper43618
Wilkinson39822
Jefferson35211
Franklin3395
Choctaw3357
Sharkey30917
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Alabama Coronavirus Cases

Cases: 244993

Reported Deaths: 3572
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Shelby1031577
Baldwin873398
Lee775766
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Pickens123518
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Cherokee102224
Hale97031
Clay91924
Fayette91616
Washington91219
Henry8546
Lowndes79929
Monroe78911
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Macon73722
Crenshaw71130
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Perry6886
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Wilcox63518
Sumter58122
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