Pelosi won't support budget deal without Dreamer protections

Randolph Lopez
February 9, 2018

"I think we're going to be fine", he said in a radio interview about the looming vote.

Democrat Leader Nancy Pelosi has already said that she can not and will not support any deal that doesn't include legal protections for Dreamers - unless Speaker of the House Paul Ryan commits to a similar promise as the one McConell made in order to end the government shutdown in January.

"This package can not have my support", House Minority Leader Rep. Nancy Pelosi, D-California, said. "Bipartisan legislation to protect Dreamers [DACA recipients] has been pending in Congress and has overwhelming support from the people we represent, including President Trump's own voters".

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of California announced she would oppose the budget measure unless her chamber's GOP leaders promised a vote on legislation to protect "Dreamer" immigrants who face deportation after being brought to the us illegally as children.

McConnell said the agreement would include a major disaster relief package to help Florida, Texas, Puerto Rico, and other hard-hit spots recover from the last year's devastating storms.

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi told the stories of "Dreamers" on the House floor for hours on Wednesday.

The House will still have to vote on the Senate agreement, but various factions in the lower chamber are hesitant to endorse it.

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Even as House GOP leaders were able to muscle their bill to passage, 245 to 182, thanks to backing from the conservative House Freedom Caucus, the outcome in the Senate is uncertain.

The bill removes automatic spending cuts - known as sequestration caps - for both defense and nondefense programs.

The call echoes a request from Pelosi on the House floor on Wednesday that Ryan make the same type of commitment his Senate counterpart Mitch McConnell did to hold a neutral immigration debate. "We are certainly happy with the direction that it's moving, particularly that we're moving away from the crisis budgeting that we have been on in the past", she said.

The issue of extending DACA and funding the president's southern border wall would still be up for debate, with a larger debate expected to continue until a deal is reached that both sides can work with, though the demands of the president still hover over the head of Congress. That means as many as 100 Democratic votes may be needed to get it through the House.

News of the agreement comes ahead of the potential government shutdown at the end of Thursday.

Republican Senator Lindsey Graham, a defence hawk, said it was the "best news for the military. since 2011".

House GOP appropriators unveiled the short-term spending bill, known as continuing resolution (CR), that would also fund the military at increased levels through the rest of the fiscal year, which ends September 30. Some progressive Democrats, meanwhile, protested the agreement's omission of any measure to end the threat of deportation for hundreds of thousands of young undocumented immigrants brought to America as children.

Other reports by GlobalViralNews

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