Published: Mon, January 21, 2019
Money | By Arnold Ball

Democratic lawmaker offers path for agreement on shutdown

Democratic lawmaker offers path for agreement on shutdown

"This is a common-sense compromise both parties should embrace", Trump said, apparently seeking to portray himself as a deal maker taking the initiative to end a record-long shutdown now in its 29th day that has left 800,000 federal workers without a paycheck.

But Trump went on to note that work on the wall is ongoing with or without Democratic support, and that the wall will become a reality regardless of what both the White House and Congress decide to do about existing legal and illegal immigrants.

US President Donald Trump bitterly attacked top Democrat Nancy Pelosi on Sunday after she rejected a deal on immigration and the Mexico border wall that would end a 30-day-old government shutdown.

Blaming previous administrations and congressional lawmakers for the immigration mess America faces today, Trump said as a candidate for president he promised to fix this crisis and he intends on keeping that promise "one way or the other".

Many, including Vice President Mike Pence, have defined the word "amnesty" as permanent status or a pathway to citizenship for immigrants in the country illegally.

"We should not be in this situation", the Mississippi Democrat said on ABC's "This Week".

Despite co-sponsoring the BRIDGE Act legislation, Illinois Sen. They say they won't negotiate until the government is reopened. Second, I cannot support the proposed offer as reported and do not believe it can pass the Senate.

Representative Bennie Thompson, a Democrat who chairs the Homeland Security Committee, said that "I would not rule out a wall in certain circumstances".

The tensions and anger over the policy have been quietly playing out in the West Wing as well, as Jared Kushner, the president's son-in-law and senior adviser, fended off Stephen Miller, the architect of much of Trump's immigration agenda. "We voted for Trump and got Jeb!" she said, in a reference to Trump's 2016 rival, Jeb Bush. Unlike the bills that have come from the House over the past few weeks, this proposal could actually resolve this impasse.

And while President Trump was busy on Twitter Saturday morning, his feed hasn't contained any major clues about his pending announcement.

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Another source told CNN the plan is modeled after proposals Democrats have supported and voted for in the past in an added effort to pressure them back to the negotiating table. Instead they have insisted that the President reopen the government, then engage in negotiations over border security.

"The way to end this shutdown is for both sides to make mutual concessions in order to reach an agreement". House Republican leaders are also supportive of the move and will hold a call with their conference members Saturday afternoon to walk through the details. Their status would be extended an additional three years, as would those of the children of undocumented immigrants, often referred to as "Dreamers".

Schumer also pushed legislation that would protect government workers who can't pay their bills because of the government shutdown.

The President's willingness to address DACA in a possible border wall deal is a reversal from his position that the courts should sort it out first.

Tensions flared when Pelosi suggested Trump postpone the annual State of the Union address, a grand Washington tradition - and a platform for his border wall fight with Democrats - that was tentatively scheduled for January 29.

"Today's speech is very much meant to be a good faith proposal incorporating ideas from both political parties to secure our border and end the partial government shutdown", Pence said.

Even after repeated compromises (President Trump moving to a "steel slat" and away from a "wall") and self-admissions of a barrier's effectiveness (House Majority Leader Hoyer confessing "well of course walls work,") they continue to harbor anti-American values and sentiment in their approach towards the current crisis.

"Border security and investing in keeping us safe is a better way to talk about it because a wall is a waste of money and will not actually help us create safety", she added.

House Democrats have passed a number of bills that would reopen the government or individual agencies, but they have gone nowhere in the Senate.

Democrats are now proposing hundreds of millions of dollars for new immigration judges and improvements to ports of entry from Mexico but nothing for the wall, a House aide said, as the party begins fleshing out its vision of improving border security.

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