Hard Lessons from the Trump Government Shutdown

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Later that day, Trump responded by tweeting: "Cryin' Chuck Schumer fully understands, especially after his humiliating defeat, that if there is no Wall, there is no DACA". Senate Democrats voted against the measure because it did not include protections for the "Dreamers", young people brought into the country by illegal-alien parents, who now have temporary legal status under the Obama-era DACA program. The White House and GOP leaders said they would not negotiate with Democrats on immigration until the government was reopened, and White House officials boasted that Trump didn't reach out to any Democratic lawmakers during the shutdown.

"So we're going to have to start on a new basis and the wall offer is off the table", Schumer told reporters.

The stopgap bill, which passed the House by a vote of 230 to 197, would have kept the government open for a month, provided funding for the popular Children's Health Insurance Program for six years and delayed or suspended some taxes imposed by the Affordable Care Act.

Faced with the president's refusal to approve a bipartisan agreement for the future of the so-called Dreamers (undocumented youth who arrived in childhood), the Democrats have given a vote of confidence to the word of the majority leader in the Senate Mitch McConnell, who assured that the matter would be resolved without outlining any specific route.

On the House side, the Republican Study Committee, a group of more than 150 lawmakers, announced its support for a bill written by Reps.

But Trump and immigration hardliners in the House and Senate want wall funding and other border security measures to accompany a vote to protect DACA recipients, according to Politico.

Enactment by Trump of the bill allowed the government to reopen fully on Tuesday and keep the lights on through February 8, when the Republican-led Congress will have to revisit budget and immigration policy, two disparate issues that have become closely linked.

President Donald Trump is rejecting a proposed bipartisan immigration bill.

"It's totally unacceptable to the president and should be declared dead on arrival", press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said during a White House news briefing of a plan being crafted by Sens. "I don't think that there's a whole lot of daylight between where we are and where the Democrats are", she said.

"That basically sets the DACA discussion back", he told reporters.

Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, who became a national conservative hero during his 2016 presidential run, hopes Congress does not "pass an amnesty bill providing amnesty and a path to citizenship for millions of people here illegally along with chain migration".

"We can not let those who are anti-immigrant, who call giving the Dreamers hope 'amnesty, ' block us". After both sides reached a short-term agreement three days later, Donald Trump chose to vent [VIDEO] on social media. "We've gotten a commitment from Senator McConnell". That suggests both parties would be allowed to offer amendments.

Perdue, who did not attend the White House meeting on Friday, but said he has learned details about it, said that the agreement over $25 billion is an encouraging sign. 43% say having the President and Congress compromise on DACA is more important than ending the shutdown, but 34% said the shutdown should just end.

White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said the Flake-Graham-Durbin immigration agreement was "totally unacceptable to the President and should be declared dead on arrival", in a press briefing on January 23.

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