From The Washington Post:
By Aaron Blake | January 22, 2018 | 1:59 PM
You don’t need me to tell you that Democrats just caved when it comes to ending the government shutdown; even some of their leading senators are admitting it. Here’s Sen. Kamala D. Harris (D-Calif.), a potential 2020 Democratic presidential candidate:
🔥Kamala Harris on McConnell: “I don’t believe he made any commitment whatsoever and I think it would be foolhardy to believe he made a commitment.”
Cc: Democratic leadership
— Tal Kopan (@TalKopan) January 22, 2018
Here’s another critic, Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.):
Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) says she’s “very disappointed” in deal because there’s no guarantee House will pass fix to help Dreamers.
— Alex Bolton (@alexanderbolton) January 22, 2018
And that’s what we need. With the unfortunate loss of the Alabama Senate seat — thank you, Roy Moore, for being such a pig — Republicans have only a 51-49 advantage in the Senate, and I believe we can count on enough weak-willed Republicans in the Senate voting to pass a change to immigration law favored by the Democrats, to protect the illegal immigrants the Democrats managed to characterize as ‘Dreamers.’ Senator Mitch McConnell (R-KY), the Majority Leader, will almost certainly keep his promise, and allow a vote by February 8th on DACA. Mr McConnell said, “So long as the government remains open, it would be my intention to take up legislation here in the Senate that would address DACA, border security and related issues.” One hopes by “border security,” the Majority Leader means including funding for the border security wall as part of any compromise deal.
Then we can hope that the House takes up the measure, and passes funding for the wall, but strips out the provision to write President Obama’s DACA program into immigration law. When the bill then goes to conference committee, the conferees retain the House provisions, funding the wall but not writing DACA into law. Since the conference committee report cannot be filibustered, we get the enhanced border security, but DACA is rejected.
Will it happen that way? Who knows, but I can dream, can’t I?