McConnell: Lawmakers shouldn't push for DACA deal this week

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell addressed the government shutdown threat on the Senate floor Tuesday by pushin...

Posted: Jan 17, 2018 9:32 AM
Updated: Jan 17, 2018 9:32 AM

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell addressed the government shutdown threat on the Senate floor Tuesday by pushing for a longer negotiating period on the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.

"It is clear that Congress has at least until March -- at a minimum, and maybe even longer -- to reach a compromise on the DACA question," McConnell said, citing the court order that froze the wind-down of the program and led to the administration taking new renewal applications from the young undocumented immigrants it covers.

If a spending bill isn't passed by Friday, the government will shut down

Democrats want a fix to the expiring DACA program

"There is no reason my colleagues should hold government funding hostage over the issue of illegal immigration," McConnell said.

If Congress doesn't pass a funding bill by Friday, the government could be heading for a shutdown on the one-year anniversary of Donald Trump's presidency.

Democrats have signaled they wouldn't be quick to fund the government without a guarantee that there is a plan on the way to protect hundreds of thousands of young recipients of DACA, which expires in March.

After Trump's incendiary language and his rejection of a bipartisan deal last week, Democrats may be leaning more toward withholding their votes on a spending compromise.

But at least one Democrat said he'll vote to support a continuing resolution. Sen. Joe Manchin, a red state Democrat up in 2018, told reporters Tuesday he will vote to keep the government funded even without a DACA deal.

"I'll vote to keep the government open," the West Virginia senator said.

If the House passes a stopgap measure to keep the government running ahead of the Friday deadline, McConnell will need at least nine Democrats in the chamber to vote "yes" again on a short-term funding bill -- and he may need more, depending on whether any Republicans vote against the continuing resolution or are absent due to health reasons.

Democratic Sen. Cory Booker of New Jersey said he won't support a short term spending bill that doesn't include DACA fix.

"I will vote against a clean (continuing resolution) if it does not include DACA, a fix to some of the other things that are high priorities to me. Why are we kicking the can down the road?" Booker said.

Mississippi Coronavirus Cases

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Cases: 261167

Reported Deaths: 5713
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Scott256048
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Calhoun139922
Smith127725
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Cases: 436087

Reported Deaths: 6486
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