U.S. Lawmakers On Capitol Hill Set To Vote On Ending Government Shutdown

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The United States has entered day 2 of a government shutdown on the 1st year anniversary of President Trump’s presidency as Democratic and Republican lawmakers dig in their heels concerning the approval of yet another short-term funding bill to keep the U.S. operational through early February.

After receiving only 50 votes in the Senate late on Friday night and falling short of the required 60 votes needed, the Senate failed to approve a short-term House approved spending measure, the 4th one this fiscal year, known as continuing resolution (CR), to keep the government funded through February 16th, with a majority of Democrats and a handful of Republicans refusing to vote “yes.”

On Saturday the Senate convened at 12:00 p.m. and later adjourned at 7:35 p.m. with no recorded votes taken and disagreement lingering between Democratic and Republican lawmakers over the guidelines for approving a temporary spending measure.

After reconvening in the Senate on Sunday and giving further consideration to the original House resolution that was defeated on Friday night, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell plans to hold another late night vote after midnight over a shorter 3 week spending bill to place an end to the federal shutdown.

Following his meeting on Friday with President Trump, Democratic Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said that negotiating with the White House is like negotiating with “Jell-O” amid reports that he was willing to strike a deal with the president who later changed his mind.

Republicans hold a majority in the House, Senate, and control the White House but remain unable to reach the 60 vote threshold in the Senate without Democratic support.

In 2017 Democrats watched as Republicans have passed new tax reform, eliminated the individual mandate from Obamacare, appointed conservative federal judges, and rolled back regulations and U.S. participation in the historic 2015 Paris Climate Accord.

President Trump decided on September 5th to rescind DACA and gave Congress a 6 month period to find a resolution for the estimated 800,000 “Dreamers” and took this action knowing that politically speaking Republicans hold the political keys to pursue conservative objectives, including the elimination of DACA, building a new southern border wall, work to end chain migration, the lottery system for immigrants, and adopting a merit based immigration model.

However, Democrats continue to hold political leverage in the Senate over the passage of a new short-term spending bill since Republicans lack the necessary 60 votes in the Senate without Democratic support and are advocating for an upcoming vote on DACA before the March 5th deadline when the deferred action program will be rescinded and immigrants could face the prospect of deportation.

The vast majority of the DACA population who are at risk are law abiding U.S. citizens who have contributed to the U.S. economy.

Subjecting an estimated 800,000 DACA immigrants to deportation instead of offering a pathway to U.S. citizenship is viewed by Democrats as draconian and against the U.S. principles of giving immigrants basic universal inalienable rights to obtain life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.

Although a majority of polls show Americans support DACA, President Trump has been swayed back and forth by different strands of conservativism in the Republican party.

He is facing political pressure in the far right Republican camp from Republicans such as Steven Miller who aims to move Republicans away from a compromise over DACA.

Criticism About Trump’s Failure To Negotiate With Democrats

Democratic Senator Dick Durbin was critical of President Trump’s reluctance to work with Democrats over the federal shutdown and tweeted on Sunday, ” The President showing leadership and meeting with us would be a start.”

President Trump failed to reach out to Democrats on Saturday and only met with Republican lawmakers.

Speaking on NBC’s Meet the Press that aired on Sunday, Democrat Senator Durbin said President Trump has already made it clear during the January 9th meeting there should be two phases for dealing with immigration.

“Let’s deal with the problem, which he created on September 5th, by eliminating DACA, deadline March 5th, just a few weeks away. Let’s solve that problem now. And not all the problems of immigration” Sen. Durbin said.

President Trump tweeted on January 20th that “Democrats are holding out Military hostage over their desire to have unchecked illegal immigration. Can’t let that happen!”

Here is my latest video about the week-end government shutdown and the efforts that are being taken to end the shutdown.

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