Video: President Trump Speaks on Shutdown, Border
President Trump made his announced remarks from the White House, and as expected he pitched a compromise for the on-going government shutdown.
There is almost nothing new in the proposal, and indeed most of it remixes the long-running immigration and DACA debate that also shut down the government in January 2018. That shutdown ended on the promise of a floor vote on immigration, and the White House fought and defeated a proposal for $25B for border security in exchange for citizenship pathways for some of the “dreamers” among other things in the senate. Democrats including Speaker Nancy Pelosi say the proposal is a non-starter:
“It is unlikely that any one of these provisions alone would pass the House, and taken together, they are a non-starter,” Pelosi continued in the statement. “For one thing, this proposal does not include the permanent solution for the Dreamers and TPS recipients that our country needs and supports,” Pelosi said, referring to Temporary Protected Status designations.
Pelosi also said that House Democrats would pass a package of “six bills agreed to by House and Senate negotiators and other legislation to re-open government so that we can fully negotiate on border security proposals.”
Meanwhile in the Republican-controlled Senate, Leader Mitch McConnell says he will advance the proposal:
“Everyone has made their point—now it’s time to make a law. I intend to move to this legislation this week. With bipartisan cooperation, the Senate can send a bill to the House quickly so that they can take action as well. The situation for furloughed employees isn’t getting any brighter and the crisis at the border isn’t improved by show votes. But the President’s plan is a path toward addressing both issues quickly.”
Apparently this week will bring congressional drama over legislation that will be mutually blocked by the opposing chamber. Lather, rinse, repeat, and the shutdown drama continues without an end in sight.