As the mainstream media once again loses its collective mind over Trump’s “shithole” comment, Congress, after expressing optimism just a few days ago, has once again descended into complete chaos with any hopes of a bipartisan immigration deal seemingly being tossed…well, down the “shithole.”
Unfortunately, this particular descension into chaos, unlike most of the others which are cleverly manufactured by seasoned politicians purely for soundbites on CNN, carries with it some real world economic risk as it could very well result in a government shutdown starting next Friday. In fact, earlier this morning, Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) confirmed as much when he held a press conference saying that all hope of a bipartisan deal “died yesterday.”
“So here’s what we’re going to do: We’re going to prepare our bipartisan agreement for introduction into the Senate next week. If the Republican leadership has a better alternative, bring it forward. If they don’t, for goodness sakes, give us a vote. I’ll be on the phone today with my Republican colleagues and my Democratic colleagues begging them to support this measure.”
“Time is running out. We have to get this done. I thought we might get a bipartisan agreement approved by the White House, died yesterday. We have to do this and show leadership in Congress to solve this important challenge.”
As Bloomberg notes, the chaos on immigration comes a week before the current government spending authorization expires on January 19th. Of course, as our readers are aware, even though Republicans hold control of Congress, their narrow 51-seat advantage in the Senate means they will need at least 9 Democratic votes for any stopgap funding measure as well as for a broader budget agreement. Meanwhile, Democratic leaders have insisted that Congress must pass a law protecting some young immigrants along with the funding.
After bizarrely telling a bipartisan group of lawmakers earlier this week that he’s willing to sign whatever compromise on immigration they present, Trump vehemently rejected a plan worked out on Thursday and savaged the proposal on Twitter as “a big step backwards.”
The so-called bipartisan DACA deal presented yesterday to myself and a group of Republican Senators and Congressmen was a big step backwards. Wall was not properly funded, Chain & Lottery were made worse and USA would be forced to take large numbers of people from high crime…..
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 12, 2018
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