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Will Democrats Shut Down the Government This Week? There’s a Chance.

Some Democrats are still willing to shut down the government over immigration, even as Congress seeks to avoid a repeat of January's drama.

By NTK Staff | 02.05.2018 @9:00am
Will Democrats Shut Down the Government This Week? There’s a Chance.

Congress has a little over 48 hours to pass a spending bill that keeps the government open, and at least one Democrat has re-embraced shutdown brinksmanship with just days for Republicans and Democrats to find a deal.

Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA), seen by many as a possible 2020 presidential candidate, told MSNBC on Monday morning that she’d “have a problem” with a spending bill that doesn’t include language to help so-called DREAMers.

The Washington Examiner reported:

Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., said Monday she would vote this against a bill to keep the government open past Thursday unless language is added to help “Dreamers.”

“I’m going to have a problem with it,” she said on MSNBC when asked whether she would accept a short-term spending bill this week while immigration talks continue. “We have to protect these kids.”

Multiple media reports indicate a deal to protect DREAMers – young, undocumented immigrants who were brought to the United States by parents or relatives when they were children – from deportation will not happen this week. DREAMers face a March 5 deadline on their Obama-era protections, after President Trump announced an end to Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) protections in 2017.

While Harris appears to have a zeal for another Democrat-led shutdown, leaders on the Democratic side of the Senate are not nearly as enthusiastic. Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL), the second-ranking Democrat who has worked hard for a DREAMer deal, said a shutdown is unlikely.

“I don’t see a government shutdown coming, but I do see a promise by Senator McConnell to finally bring this critical issue that affects the lives of hundreds of thousands of people in America, finally bringing it to a full debate in the Senate,” Durbin said.

The most likely plan bouncing around the House and Senate caucuses at this time is a deal that would extend government funding for six weeks, to March 22. That would mean Republicans and Democrats would be back at the table in a little over a month, trying, again, to prevent a government shutdown.

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