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The U.S. Is Getting Closer To A Government Shutdown As Democrats Demand Action On DACA

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All eyes are on the Senate as the government inches closer and closer to shutting down. The House voted Thursday night in favor of a short-term budget to keep the government funded till Feb. 16 but if the Senate does not pass certain bills, the government will begin a shutdown.

The potential shutdown is hanging on two issues – Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and the Children’s Health Insurance Program. On Sept. 5, 2017, the Trump administration announced the end of DACA, which has since been blocked by a federal judge in California. According to reports, at least a dozen Democratic Senators need to vote with Republicans in order to pass a measure, but it looks unlikely. While Mick Mulvaney, Director of the Office of Management and Budget, has tried calling this the “Schumer Shutdown,” Twitter is not buying it. Rather, they’re putting all the blame for the shutdown on the president using his past comments as inspiration and using #TrumpShutdown.

The U.S. government is getting dangerously close to a shutdown and Americans are blaming President Trump and the Republican Party.

Senate Democrats, led by Sen. Chuck Schumer, have been unapologetic in demanding legislative protections for DACA recipients, and now, the preservation of the Children’s Health Insurance Program. According to the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation, 8,900,074 children are enrolled in the healthcare program.

The Republican Party currently controls the Senate, the House, and the White House and people are calling them out.

The last time the government shutdown was in 2013 as Republicans tried to defund the Affordable Care Act, also referred to as Obamacare. Now, because of the Republican Party’s refusal to make a decision on The Dream Act, the U.S. government faces another shutdown.

They’ve even used previous interviews of the president as he discussed government shutdowns during the Obama administration.

Trump was open about blaming the president for a government shutdown, claiming that Obama had a responsibility to bring people together. According to CNN, Sen. Schumer visited with Trump to make a deal to avoid the shutdown but nothing came of the meeting.

Senate Democrats are tweeting that they are open to negotiating a bipartisan deal to keep the government funded.

If a deal isn’t reached by 12:01 a.m. Saturday then the government will shut down.


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31 Senate Democrats Voted With Republicans To Reopen The Government Without A DACA Deal

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31 Senate Democrats Voted With Republicans To Reopen The Government Without A DACA Deal

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Thirty-one Senate Democrats joined Republicans in voting to end the government shutdown, with a final vote of 81-18. The budget will be sent to the House of Representatives, where it’s expected to pass. The measure will fund the government for three weeks.

Democratic supporters and Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipients are disappointed in the vote. The shutdown was supposed to force Republicans to vote on protections for DACA recipients. During the shutdown, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said that he offered President Trump the funding he wants for the border wall. That deal was in exchange for protecting young undocumented people in the U.S. However, they couldn’t come to an agreement.

Despite not reaching a deal with Trump or the Senate Republicans, Senate Democrats largely joined their Republican counterparts to reopen the government with the only concession from Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell being a promise to vote on protection for DACA recipients in a few weeks.

“It would be my intention to take up legislation here in the Senate that would address DACA, border security, and related issues as well as disaster relief, defense funding, health care, and other important matters,” McConnell told the press, according to Huffington Post. “It would be my strong preference for the Senate to consider a proposal that can actually be signed into law, a bipartisan, bicameral group is already negotiating, and I look forward to completion of its work.”

Members of the DACA community feel betrayed by Senate Democrats.

Erika Andiola, the former press secretary for Bernia Sanders, is one of the 800,000 people who have benefited from the DACA program and fought for a pathway to citizenship that doesn’t exist. A vote on The Dream Act would create that pathway to for hundreds of thousands of people like her.

And fellow Democratic politicians are skeptical of the “deal” that was made for the vote.

Both California senators Dianne Feinstein and Kamala Harris voted against reopening the government without protections for the DACA community. Senate Democrats and DACA recipients now have to believe that McConnell will bring a vote on DACA in the near future. Some Senate Democrats do not believe this will happen.

“I don’t believe he made any commitment whatsoever and I think it would be foolhardy to believe that he made a commitment,” Harris told Huffington Post.

If you want to see how your senators voted in today’s government shutdown vote, you can click here.

(H/T: Huffington Post)


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