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A List of Dems’ 2018 Demands to Avoid Shutting Down the Government

Democrats were almost the party of the government shutdown in 2017. Here's a list of what they're demanding to avoid a shutdown in 2018.

By NTK Staff | 01.03.2018 @9:00am
A List of Dems’ 2018 Demands to Avoid Shutting Down the Government

Democrats spent much of 2017 threatening to shut down the government over DACA, aid to Flint, Michigan, a ‘clean’ funding bill, and Obamacare. Their tactics were endorsed, at various points and times, by the second-ranking Democrat in the Senate and 2020 presidential aspirants.

Now, the minority party has kicked off 2018 showing no change in their zeal for a government shutdown this year if their vast demands are not met. The government runs out of spending authority in mid-January.

Here’s a partial list, taken from a number of news sources, over what House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and other House and Senate Democrats are demanding to avoid a vote in favor of shutting down the government.

  • DACA/The DREAM Act: Pelosi insisted in a “Dear Colleague” letter that she’ll fight for “passage of the Dream Act” as a priority in order for the White House to secure Democratic votes for a spending bill; Trump’s deadline for a resolution to DACA/DREAMers is March
  • More funding for pensions, the opioid epidemic, disaster relief, veterans, and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP): all in Pelosi’s letter; it’s worth noting that most Democrats voted against a five-year extension of CHIP in 2017
  • Equal spending increases on domestic funding as there is for the military: this is the most pressing item, and will come up in a Tuesday legislative meeting between congressional leaders and the White House; Democrats insist on “parity” in spending increases
  • Obamacare stabilization: Democrats may be less likely to vote for a spending bill if it does not include the Murray-Alexander compromise to shore up Obamacare payments to insurance companies, known as cost-sharing reductions (CSRs)

Even more issues may arise in the coming weeks. It’s unclear how far Democrats will take their various spending and policy demands as they head into an election year.

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