by Countable | 1.22.18
By mid-day Monday the Senate had agreed to approve government funding for three weeks, ending an approximately 60 hour government shutdown. Agreement was contingent on promises from Republican leadership that protections for so-called "Dreamers" would be negotiated before the three weeks is up on February 8.
Funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), another contentious issue going into the shutdown, is resolved for the time being. It’s been extended for six years, which according to a recent CBO report, means it will basically pay for itself due to saving the government money on healthcare subsidies.
Unresolved is the fate of Dreamers, the president's proposed border wall, and other immigration issues. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) promised legislation negotiations, but no floor vote. However, if no agreement has been struck by February 8, when the continuing resolution runs out, then existing DACA related legislation will be brought to the floor.
Which doesn’t mean it will pass, or even if it does pass the Senate, that it will pass the House.
As well, the issue of defense spending versus domestic spending is still up for debate over the next three weeks. Republicans want a big increase to defense spending without similar increases to domestic spending, which Democrats oppose. And without an agreement to increase budget caps either increase to appropriations would be subject to sequestration, triggering massive spending cuts.
Basically, CHIP is funded and the government will keep the lights on for another three weeks. What happens beyond that, or what may actually get accomplished over the next three weeks is anybody’s guess.
Do you support this continuing resolution or not? Do you think Democrats should have held out longer? Do you think keeping government operating is more important than forcing a deal on DACA? Do you think Republicans should invoke the "nuclear option" so they can pass appropriations with a simple majority vote? What do you think will happen three weeks from now? What do you want to see happen?
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— Asha Sanaker
Written by Countable
Please work out a deal regarding dreamers. Don’t let them fall through the cracks. They are as American as you or I. It’s also time that a long term budget gets passed...stop with the 3 week fixes. Everyone needs to understand that compromises must be reached in order to function...stop being led by blind ideology. You can’t govern that way.
I am sick and tried hearing about Dreamers how about You?? Why should someone whose Parents Broke the Law... Yes I said “Broke the Law” and Entered Our Country Illegally... Be Given Citizenship? What about any Terrorist who brought their Children in Our Country ...are we Supposed to Look the Other Way and Let them Be Citizens? If No one is Going to Obey OUR Laws why waste time making them??
I didn't support this CR last week before the shutdown and, because Mitch McConnell is an unreliable and deceitful man, I do not support the CR voted on today. Mitch McConnell stood on the Senate floor LYING to his colleagues and the American public when he solely blamed the Democrats for the shutdown. He lied about wanting to fund CHIP. He lied about wanting to support the troops. He lied about wanting a fix for DACA. If any of this were true, CHIP funding would have secured in September, before it ran out; the military would have been funded through an appropriations bill not yet drafted; the DREAM Act would have been brought to the floor for a vote BEFORE Congress spent two months screwing the average American taxpayer and giving away the farm to himself and his donors. I am tired of being lied to by my government. This occurs from all levels whether the liar is in Congress, the Press Office, the Administration, the Oval Office or, as seen today, an Air Force base in Jordan. The administration and its sycophants are rotting this nation, and all we stand for, from the inside out. When does it stop?
There needed to be a solid, in writing guarantee from the GOP ( a group that cannot be trusted & led by a proven liar ) that DACA would be dealt with in a clean bill. CHIP needed to be funded for at least 25yrs. The military needed to be trimmed to reflect reality, not the fantasies of 45 & his generals. The ACA needed to be refined & expanded on the way to universal single payer healthcare. Charges against 45 needed to be put into a bill against 45. Gorsich needs to be removed & a Democrat choice voted on to the Supreme Court. Mitch McConnel needs to be slapped in the back of the head. And the Dems need to grow a spine.
No amnesty! If these so called Dreamers want citizenship they go to the back of the line and EARN it, just like all the honest and trustworthy immigrants who are following the law.
Please, please, please do EVERYTHING possible to see that Dreamers get a clean agreement that provides a means of citizenship for these innocents who are as much American as others their age.This IS THEIR COUNTRY!
Did they get this promise in writing and notarized? I hope so because this administration’s word means nothing!!!
Please work on a deal that protects the dreamers. We do not need to fund a border wall either.
I believe that the GOP should take the blame for the shutdown. They did this before and probably will do it again at the same time spinning to look like the Dems were the cause. If they would have played fair this would have never happened. Personally I’m disappointed that the Dems caved so easily.
It amazes me how 800,000 illegal immigrants out weigh the needs of nation. The law is quite clear your here without permission you are to be deported. So pack your bags and leave. Use the education that was provided by Tax paying citizens and go back home get in line and apply for citizenship instead of demanding.
Take care of the Dreamers, do not let families be torn apart-regardless of arbitrary age cut offs. Hold the line!
No ridiculous, pointless border wall! Why should taxpayers foot a bill for these shenanigans?
Opponents to healthcare for everyone are using this mess to foster a feeling that the federal government can’t handle administrating a universal healthcare system like the rest of the developed world. They can’t. Too corrupt. But states and counties can and should.
...and those here using their FOX/Brietbart/Sinclair broad brush to paint all DREAMERS as terrorists and law breakers are either uneducated on the reality of these people or are implicit in spreading the hollow falsehood.
The whole thing about this is absolutely ridiculous and, frankly not a shutdown the democrats were using this as a scare tactic! The democrats held chip and etc because they want immigration to be the topic and, they want to shutdown the senate because they are not going to win it! Anyone who is from the Schumer’s district, do you know what his voting past? He was pro-immigration but, now he is defending the dreamers rights! Look It’s sad but, frankly they need to do it right and not a lottery game
It is time to help the Dreamers. Their protected status will shortly end. Protect them- the teachers, the students, the people serving in our military, the doctor’s and nurses, the ordinary law-abiding, tax-paying people who are citizens of our country in all ways that matter except for one.
The Dems pissed everyone off 😂They pissed off the Moderates for uselessly shutting down the government and didn’t get anything by doing it and they pissed off the Progressives by caving in and not getting anything this is awesome 😂
I do not trust the GOP on immigration. Until the Dream Act is passed by both houses and signed by 45, there should be no compromise.
You now have a second chance to make a complete budget and end the disgraceful treatment of immigrants children by the Trump Administration. Vote to fulfill this obligation for the taxpayers of this country, yes there are a few of us left, and don’t send the DACA Recipients a message that they are not welcome here.
Congress can and should decide what to do with the “dreamers” but not voting for a bill to fund the government when the “deadline” is not till March is just harming the American people. Democrats own this shut down! It will needlessly cost Americans money and will do nothing to ultimately change the fate of the “dreamers”.