After an embarrassing loss two weeks ago with the government shut down because Democrats would not agree to a funding bill that didn’t include DACA legislation in it, this time around Democrats have decided not to let that happen again, reports Bizpac Review.
Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL) went on CNN’s “State of the Union” on Sunday to say that his party would not be responsible for shutting down the federal government again, even if that means not reaching the deal with immigration that they wish would happen.
During the last talks about funding the government, Senate minority leader Chuck Schumer caved on shutting down the government after the Republicans refused to include legislation that would continue the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program (DACA).
“There is not likely to be a DACA deal, though we’re working every single day on telephone calls and person-to-person to try to reach this bipartisan agreement,” said Durbin. “I don’t see a government shutdown coming.”
A vote on the next continuing resolution is due Thursday — Republicans are looking at a six-week bill that funds the government through March 23, tying it to a $659.2 billion defense spending measure for fiscal 2018, according to Defense News.
Durbin, the second-ranked Democrat in the Senate, was encouraged by the progress being made on immigration among moderates in the upper chamber.
“We’re making real progress,” Durbin said. “I want to salute the moderates in both the Republicans’ and Democratic caucuses in the Senate.”
“I do see a promise by Sen. 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,” he said.
Durbin, who was even a key figure during the talks with the president about immigration reform and worked with Sen. Lindsey Graham to create new bipartisan legislation, he understands when it is appropriate to cut their losses and work to not have the government teetering on the verge of shutting down constantly.
“That’s what we were looking for when there was a shutdown,” he told host Jake Tapper. “We have achieved that goal. We’re moving forward.”