"We're very pleased with how it worked out", Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, a New York Democrat, said Tuesday about the short-lived government shutdown, which drew attention to the standoff over the expiring Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. Trump a year ago announced that he was ending the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, or DACA, but gave Congress until March 5 to come up with a legislative fix.
Schumer said Tuesday that he'd pulled back an offer of $25 billion for Trump's border wall.
Trump's attempts to negotiate an end to the shutdown with Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer collapsed on Friday in recriminations and fingerpointing.
The House approved the funding bill by a vote of 266-150 just hours after it passed the Senate by a vote of 81-18. But almost half said Democrats needed to compromise, more than the share naming the President or Congressional Republicans (respondents were able to choose more than one response to the question about compromise), suggesting that Democrats would not have gained if the shutdown continued.
This analysis takes place in the context of Congress merely having bought time - until February 8 - before another shutdown looms and a possible resolution on a pressing immigration issue faces a vote.
USA senators expressed differing expectations on Tuesday for what Congress might produce on thorny immigration topics, one day after a government shutdown ended on a promise of Senate action to protect young immigrants and boost border security. Lamar Alexander, he coaxed a fist-bump from the Tennessee Republican who has been working with a bipartisan group of senators to find common ground on immigration and other issues.
While a foreseeable pathway to getting some kind of bill on the president's desk faces significant hurdles, Democrats are facing an inevitability regarding the immigration issue: funding for President Donald Trump's long-desired wall along the US-Mexico border will have to be included. "I hope it's something of a new morning for senators to treat each other with respect and end the appalling partisanship".
Still, there were fresh signs of a willingness to keep hunting for a solution, with a flurry of meetings on Capitol Hill and an assessment from White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders that "I don't think they're that far apart". Trump chemical safety pick leaving EPA Manchin tells colleagues he's running for reelection: report Trump admin uses recent "bomb cyclone' to push coal energy MORE (D-W.Va.).
'Dems Just Want Illegal Immigrants To Pour Into Our Nation'
But the chances of any bipartisan immigration bill originating in the Senate getting consideration in the House is unlikely. For the Democrats who supported the plan, they were considerably more sure that Republicans will follow through.
We will make a long-term deal on immigration if, and only if, it is good for our country", Trump said.
The Congressional Hispanic Caucus expressed fears on Tuesday that Republicans in the House of Representatives would pursue a harsh immigration bill written by Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte.
This type of behavior has become the fundamental characteristic of the Trump government, where the pressure brings out the true facets of each of its participants, especially the president himself, who at times seems to forget "the art of the deal".
There's been lots of talk about how taking a promise from Senator McConnell is something only a fool would do, after all his previous acts of bad faith.
"We have not yet protected our courageous young DREAMers".
While Cornyn said he hoped the bipartisan group of senators would produce a measure that can pass the Senate, "it would also have to get the president's support eventually". Their plan would offer DACA recipients a three-year renewal of legal status, allowing them to continue to live and work in the country with no special path to citizenship.
"If you don't have a wall, you don't have DACA", Trump said. Many Democrats blamed their failure on the White House's new strategy.