Lawmakers press to reopen government, pass huge budget deal


Hensarling reminded the House that Trump's offer to protect dreamers went above and beyond the call to protect 700,000 dreamers and vowed to protect up to 1.8 million dreamers.

The budget agreement is married to a six-week temporary funding bill needed to keep the government operating and to provide time to implement the budget pact.

While Senate Democrats celebrated the rare moment of bipartisanship - Minority Leader Chuck Schumer called it a "genuine breakthrough" - progressives and activists blasted them for leaving immigrants in limbo.

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'Let Congress work its will, ' said Pelosi, 'What are you afraid of?'

"Speaker Ryan has already repeatedly stated we intend to do a DACA and immigration reform bill - one that the President supports", AshLee Strong said in a statement. That's been a nebulous qualifier that's riled Democrats.

"This budget deal shows just how broken the budget process is, that Congress thinks the only way to agree to a budget is to put hundreds of billions of dollars on the nation's credit card", said Maya MacGuineas, president of the Center for a Responsible Federal Budget, a Washington-based group that advocates for fiscal discipline.

"If we have to shut it down because the Democrats don't want safety, then shut it down", he added. I don't want to just risk a veto.

While laughing, Pelosi announced that she'd broken a record and said she wondered what the last record-breaking speech was about. "I'm confident we can bring a bipartisan solution to the floor that can get signed into law and solve this problem. But the amusing thing is you know so often in the media we hear 'we want you to work together.' They are are working together but working together to spend a ton of money". "I'm confident we can get there". "[From] this morning when I first met with my colleagues in our meeting at 8 [a.m.], it was exactly 40 hours until midnight tomorrow".

"The fact that the Speaker just can not give us a firm commitment on a vote on the Dreamers, something that Mitch McConnell seemed to be willing to do", Rep. Dan Kildee, D-Michigan, said, explaining why he voted no.

"I'm greatly disappointed that the Speaker does not have the courage to lift the shadow of fear from the lives of these inspiring young people", she said in a statement Friday after the vote.

Pelosi started speaking around 10 a.m. and yielded the floor at 6:11 p.m. "It's really up to [Ryan] to determine whether he's going to be a man of his word", Kildee said.

The lack of a unified Democratic strategy infuriated liberal leaders.

Of course, Ryan could avoid a lot of this if House Republicans were united on spending.

H.R. 3548, the Border Security for America Act of 2017 introduced by Judiciary Chairman Bob Goodlatte and Homeland Security Chairman Mike McCaul, has 77 cosponsors - all Republican. In order for the budget deal to pass, it requires support from minority party. The spending bill ultimately passed the House with a 240-186, bipartisan vote.

Approval of the measure in the Senate seemed assured - eventually - but the situation in the House remained dicey. John Cornyn (R-Texas) and Dick Durbin (D-Illinois) and Reps.

After Senate action, the House vote could come before dawn, making the shutdown a short one.

Kelly told reporters that he doubted the March 5 deadline would be extended by the White House - directly contradicting President Trump's earlier openness to pushing back the target. "I would certainly advise against it".

With all the adoring reaction to Pelosi's heels, you may have forgotten the last time we had a conversation about high heels in high places.