House Democrats Shifting Away From Amnesty-or-Shutdown Threat

House Democrats Shifting Away From Amnesty-or-Shutdown Threat

House Democrats have signaled they are folding on their demand that a huge ‘Dream Act’ amnesty be included in the 2018 budget.

The retreat was signaled on the same days that the Democrats leaders, Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, is slated to meet with the President, GOP leaders and the Senate Democratic leader at a White House meeting to talk about the budget.

The Democratic surrender was exposed in the Democratic leaders’ explanation for why they want their members to vote against the GOP short-term budget extension, dubbed the “CR” for “Continuing Resolution.” The explanation, dubbed the “Daily Whip” did not cite the amnesty demand, even though it did cite defense spending and healthcare spending as reasons to vote against the extension:

In a later meeting with reporters, Pelosi offered a list of reasons — including defense spending — for not supporting the CR deal.

Pelosi said Democrats have no interest in a government shutdown, but they can’t support the GOP’s continuing resolution because it omits a long list of provisions the Democrats consider must-pass this year, including protections for so-called Dreamers and funding for the opioid crisis, hurricane and wildfire relief, veterans issues and pension protections … A major sticking point in those talks has been the issue of how high to raise the caps on defense spending versus the cap governing domestic discretionary programs.

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