U.S. Lawmakers Face Looming January 19th Deadline To Avert Government Shutdown

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U.S. lawmakers on Capitol Hill are faced with a looming deadline on January 19th to approve new funding for the federal government, including a long-term budget agreement on top line funding levels for the 2018 fiscal year and 12 funding appropriation bills for federal programs and national defense that will avert a government shutdown.

Unlike the newly passed tax reform package that Republicans managed to approve in Congress last month without any Democratic votes, the political makeup is different this time around with Democrats having more leverage since the looming federal government funding requires 60 votes in the Senate with Republicans carrying 51 seats and needing Democratic support.

Democrats want to tie future federal government budget funding to the passage of DACA which comes after U.S. District Judge William Alsup in California made a preliminary injunction last week blocking President Trump’s decision to end DACA which impacts the status of an estimated 800,000 Dreamers, the children of immigrants who illegally entered the U.S.

President Trump is playing hardball by refusing to approve DACA unless a new southern border wall is funded while also ending chain migration and the visa lottery system.

President Trump’s inflammatory language used during a bipartisan DACA meeting last week in which he referred to immigrants coming from El Salvador, Haiti and African countries as “shithole countries” and later denied making the comment on Twitter, despite first hand accounts from Republican and Democratic lawmakers to the contrary, has raised questions about his personal character, integrity, and ongoing concerns about him holding racist views as leader of the free world.

Although President Trump claimed on Twitter that he didn’t use derogatory language with his “shithole countries” remark, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) and Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Illinois) have made it know that President Trump did use that divisive language during the DACA meeting.

Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Arizona) said on ABC’s This Week With George Stephanopoulos that he was in a meeting directly afterwards with the politicians who met with President Trump during the DACA meeting and “they said those words were used before those words went public.”

“So that’s all I can tell you is I……I heard that account before the account even went public” Sen. Jeff Flake explained in reference to President Trump’s “shithole countries” comment.

President Trump tweeted on January 12th that he never said anything derogatory about Haitians and denied saying “take them out” during his DACA meeting. He added in his tweet that he has a wonderful relationship with Haitians.

Although President Trump claims to have a “wonderful relationship” with Haitians, he neglected to mention that in November his administration ended deportation protection to approximately 60,000 Haitians following their January 12, 2010 deadly earthquake and ordered them to return home to Haiti by July 2019.

His claims about having a “wonderful relationship with Haitians” on Twitter simply don’t match his political actions taken as President.

According to a new Economist/YouGov poll taken from January 8-9th, a majority of polled Americans, 47 percent believe that President Trump doesn’t care much at all about Dreamers followed by 23 percent who answered “not much.”

A majority of polled Americans, 35 percent, replied “some” when asked if they personally care about the needs and problems of the “Dreamers.”

Twenty-eight percent of polled Americans answered “a lot” in the poll when asked if they care about the needs and problems of the “Dreamers” followed by 19 percent who answered “not at all” and 18 percent who answered “not much.”

The poll also revealed that a majority of Americans, 34 percent, “strongly favor” DACA followed by 21 percent who answered “somewhat support” for DACA and 18 percent who were unsure.

Here is my latest You Tube video where I offer some video commentary about President Trump’s “shithole countries” comment and the upcoming DACA battle.

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