After Passing Budget Deal, Congress Turns To Immigration Without A Clear Plan

Sen. Jeff Flake R-Ariz. walks to his office Thursday Feb. 8 2018 at Capitol Hill in Washington.
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Doing so could have, in turn, sidelined vital votes on a budget plan to avert a looming government shutdown. Instead, she took advantage of the magic-minute rule that allows the majority leaders of each party and the speaker to talk as long as they'd like.

The pushback was strong enough that House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, who was involved in negotiating the compromise, was so moved by the frustration when she presented the deal to her caucus that she took the House floor for a record-breaking eight hours straight on Wednesday, reading stories of DACA recipients.

The federal government briefly shuttered for the second time in less than a month overnight, after Kentucky Republican Sen.

The colossal bill, which lawmakers have been negotiating for months, is a game-changing piece of legislation, clearing the decks for Congress in dealing with major spending issues as well as doling out disaster relief money and hiking the debt ceiling which was set to be reached next month.

"I'm greatly disappointed that the Speaker does not have the courage to lift the shadow of fear from the lives of these inspiring young people", Pelosi said in a statement, referring to House Speaker Paul Ryan. His public statements have embraced a wide range of policy options.

"I don't think the unity will be there", Gutierrez said.

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Problem Solvers Caucus also introduced framework for another option last month that plucks various ideas from other legislative proposals, but has not yet been turned into legislative text. She went to the mat for the Dreamers, the 2 million undocumented immigrant youth in danger of deportation.

SNELL: Well, majority say they voted their principles and voted against this, but there is a lot of concern, and there has been a lot of concern that Republicans promised voters that they would be bringing that Congress further to the right. "It won't pass in the House".

"Our members who are focused on the military are very happy where we landed with that", Ryan told Hewitt on his radio show in reference to the defense spending caps. But top Democrats said they weren't corralling rank-and-file representatives to oppose the budget pact, leading some of the party's immigration advocates to question the forcefulness of her opposition. Democrats and their allies had hoped to use the must-pass spending bill to carry legislation to protect the Dreamers. Who willingly wears high heels when they know they'll be standing for hours on end if not to make a point? In the Senate, Chuck Schumer teamed up with his opposing number, Mitch McConnell, to unveil the package in the upper chamber, where a total of 37 of 49 Democrats ended up voting for it (once they finally had the chance). Eastern, and concluded shortly after 6 p.m.

On Tuesday, he put it this way: "It will be an opportunity for a thousand flowers to bloom".

That raft of defections underlined the frailties in the Democratic caucus, which appears to be operating without a playbook - or a clear sense of priorities - as the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program unravels ahead of President Trump's March 5 deadline to codify or can the Obama-era program. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., told a small group of reporters in his office Thursday morning. He said he is preparing measures of his own - one comprehensive plan that would attempt to address Trump's "four pillars" in a bipartisan way and another, as a last resort, that would temporarily extend DREAMer protections in exchange for border security.

Paul slammed his colleagues for "hypocrisy" and lack of fiscal restraint, as well as a lack of a fair and open process.

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The location of the speech carried symbolic weight, alluding to the longstanding trade relationship between the USA and Canada. In 1988, Reagan and then-Prime Minister Brian Mulroney signed the first free trade agreement - a precursor to the Nafta.

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