One of the things that seems under-reported (to me, anyway) is that The Dreamers would not be part of the government shut-down story if Comrade Stupid had not decided to revoke President Obama’s DACA Executive Order. All of the drama and political malpractice around the shut-down of the Federal Gubmint stems from his hubris (and racism? Yes.)
That said, Tiger Beat’s morning email thingie tells us:
SPEAKER PAUL RYAN and HOUSE MAJORITY LEADER KEVIN MCCARTHY returned from a GOP leadership retreat with a plan to extend government funding for another 28 days, while reauthorizing the Children’s Health Insurance Program for six years. WHY? It could be a way to get some waffling Democrats at a low price.
Will it work?
HOW THIS COULD FALL APART: Two pockets of Republicans to keep an eye on: conservatives and defense hawks. Most conservatives seem to realize they can’t reject this plan. But you can see strategically why they might: this short-term deal sets up a big immigration compromise, and a massive spending-cap accord next month — neither of which is expected to get much conservative support. Some conservatives are pushing for a plan that simply will not work: a full year of defense funding combined with a month of funding for the rest of the government. That all being said, it seems like this leadership plan has a decent chance of working. More from Rachael Bade, Sarah Ferris, John Bresnahan and Jennifer Scholtes http://politi.co/2DIVjEt
Mike ‘Payola’ Allen writing Axios’ morning email thingie adds:
What’s next: “GOP leaders kept pushing … to pass a short-term, stand-alone spending bill with no immigration reforms included. … [That] would probably push negotiations on immigration into February, an outcome Democrats hope to avoid.”
Remember: the DACA reprieve ends in March. There’s a limit to kicking the can before nearly 1M people are deported to countries that they’ve never known.
Happening today: “In a sign that the White House is still trying to work with Democrats, White House Chief of Staff John F. Kelly is scheduled to meet Wednesday morning with members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, a bloc he has sparred with in the past over immigration policy.”
Cannot imagine what could go wrong when the enforcer of the famous Shithouse Inspector comes calling.