Republicans and Democrats throw blame as Congress barrels towards doable authorities shutdown

Thursday, 18 Jan, 2018

Arthur says President Trump gets to determine just how the shutdown takes place and should inflict the "maximum amount of pain" on Democrats' constituents just as his predecessor in the White House did.

House Republican leadership proposed a short-term government funding bill Tuesday night, but it does not include Democrats' demand to protect immigrants brought here illegally when they were children. Daily Kos, the politically active liberal blog, plans to endorse Lamb Thursday, while End Citizens United backed him Wednesday.

If they were as certain as Trump that Democrats would take the fall, GOP campaign operatives would be working overtime to ensure Congress failed.

The Democrat's upset win was the 34th pickup for the party of the 2018 cycle. Walker has refused to call a special election for that seat, now held by a Republican, meaning it will remain unfilled all year until a replacement is selected in the fall.

Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said on Thursday that any immigration measure "will not be a part of any overall spending agreement".

The White House had no immediate comment.

The negotiating climate has become increasingly poisonous after a sudden halt last week in talks toward a deal to shield the Dreamers from deportation.

Senator Tom Cotton joined the Hugh Hewitt Show Tuesday morning to discuss the immigration reform negotiations dividing the Senate this week. But Republicans on Capitol Hill aren't so sure.

The head of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus expressed her opposition to the bipartisan Senate deal, although she said she had not seen its text and noted it had some positive aspects.

"I think this bill will get the support of a large number of Republicans and some Democrats", the Kentucky Republican said.

In 2016, President Donald Trump won that same district by 17 points.

The Senate approach, Lujan Grisham said, would reduce the parents of Dreamers to "second-class citizens" because they would receive temporary protections and no pathway to citizenship, as well as other problems.

Republicans can not fund the government on their own and one of the long talked-about solutions to getting Democrats on board had been to come up with a plan to protect the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, the program that protects those who entered the undocumented minors.

Earlier last week, Trump signaled to bipartisan lawmakers that he would sign whatever they passed.

A Democrat won a state Senate seat in a GOP stronghold in Wisconsin - and Republicans are anxious.

Some Democrats said they won't vote on a spending bill unless some sort of resolution for the program is reached. Dick Durbin and Rep. Stenny Hoyer.

Democrats have always been pushing to secure a deal for the Obama-era program DACA. Congress has until then to pass legislation to protect roughly 700,000 people from deportation and issue work permits.

The partisan debate over how to deal with the Dreamers - the 800,000 immigrants who were brought to the US illegally as children - grew more acrimonious last week after President Trump allegedly called Haiti, El Salvador, and other African nations "s***hole countries" and suggested the USA should instead encourage more immigration from Norway, a predominately white country. -Mexican border opposed by Democrats, be included in any spending package.

"We don't want to shut down the government - we never want to", House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (D-Md.) told reporters.

Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer countered in a speech on the Senate floor: "If you want to begin the long road back to prove you're not prejudiced or bigoted, support the bipartisan compromise that three Democrats and three Republicans have put before you".