DACA Troubles Could Put Spending Bill In Peril


But of the 18 Democrats who backed the last continuing resolution in December, a growing number said they nearly certainly would not vote for the new bill unless President Trump supported a bipartisan plan to provide protections from deportation for undocumented immigrants brought here as children.

Democrats in the House opposed the measure and Senate Democrats announced Thursday that they had the votes to block the bill in the Senate.

Trump threw the House of Representatives vote into doubt with a tweet that indicated his opposition to part of the plan, but the White House and House Speaker Paul Ryan said later that the short-term measure has the president's support. With his absence, Republicans would need all Republicans and at least 10 Democrats to vote in favor of the measure for it to pass.

Many Democrats pinned their frustration with the House-passed CR on the fact that the bill did nothing to protect hundreds of thousands of recipients of DACA, the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, which expires on March 5.

President Donald Trump ended the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program past year, telling lawmakers to find a solution. Shortly before the vote, the House Freedom Caucus said a majority of its members had voted to approve the measure, making passage more certain.

"Republican leadership - led by President Trump - has brought us to the brink of a government shutdown".

"The only people standing in the way of keeping the government open are Senate Democrats", House Speaker Ryan told reporters.

At her Thursday press briefing, Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi reiterated that Democrats would not be supporting the temporary spending bill, but said the immigrants, called Dreamers by their advocates, are not the only hold up.

Majority House Republican leaders, for their part, had to keep almost all of their members in line in order to approve the short-term spending legislation by a 230 to 197 margin.

Trump said funding for the program should be part of "a long term solution", not the stopgap measure. Senate Republican leaders were working through scenarios that could force Democrats up for re-election in 2018 to take politically challenging votes for days after the missed deadline.

If the Senate Democrats want to shut the government down, if the Senate Democrats want to deny funding for our troops, if the Senate Democrats want to stop funding CHIP for unrelated issues - that's a choice they would make, I don't think it's a good choice for them to make - but that would be their decision to make.

O'Donnell said, "I've been wondering about that myself, and I've been wondering about whether the Democrats and Chuck Schumer should drop any 60-vote threshold and watch this go to a vote on the Senate floor and see if it fails on the majority vote".

Earlier this evening in a mostly party-line vote, the U.S. House passed a bill funding the government through February 16.

So far, it is unclear if lawmakers can pass the continuing resolution with only Republican votes. We have had five CR's in a year, this is the fourth one this year.