We’re a about a week away from the federal gubmint running out of Ameros and no closer to a deal than they were last month. Tiger Beat gives us the deets:
“Most Democrats have been saying they want a deal to fix DACA to be part of a government-funding package — the government runs out of money eight days from today. But a chorus of Republicans have told us privately that a DACA package cannot be ready by next week — Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) said publicly an agreement can be in place, but floor action by next week is tight…
“THAT COULD BE A PROBLEM FOR MANY DEMOCRATS, who say their vote on funding the government is contingent upon a DACA deal moving through Congress. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) have been saying they want a DACA deal since September! Of course, if an agreement is firm, and in place, and is to the liking of many Democrats, maybe they take a leap of faith and vote to fund the government without a DACA deal on the president’s desk.”
Trust the Republicans? Seriously? What could go wrong?
- All parties disagree over attaching a DACA deal to the budget or some other must-pass bill
- Clean DACA Bill or Else! versus attempts to attach funds for the border wall to a DACA deal
- Wingnuttia decides they want The Wall, no exceptions
- The details of who is legalized and how many people are covered becomes a sticking point
- The New Confederacy decides they don’t want a deal at all, under any conditions: no amnesty!!1!
And remember, Comrade Stupid says that he wants the Diversity Lottery and Chain Migration ended. The stable genius has been as frenetic as a beagle in a vacuum cleaner factory, so who knows what he really wants except for 15 minutes alone in Fort Knox.
PRESIDENT TRUMP has said the following things: he’d sign any DACA bill that Congress comes up with and he’ll not sign a DACA bill unless it also allows for building a border wall with Mexico.
Axios morning email thingie:
“House Republicans stepped forward … with a [hardline] vision of immigration policy that clashed fiercely with President Trump’s recent overtures of bipartisanship and highlighted how difficult it will be … to reach accord in the coming weeks,” the N.Y. Times writes in its lead story:
- Why it matters: “[T]he House proposal [more expansive than what Trump has outlined] highlighted the uncertainty surrounding negotiations that are supposed to coalesce before the government runs out of money on Jan. 19.”
- “Trump’s positions vacillate daily. And members of both parties are divided. Some Democrats are pressing for confrontation, while others seem to fear a political backlash. Some Republicans are searching for compromise against a conservative tide of anti-immigrant fervor.”
I’m getting ready to do a short on a shutdown.