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Posted on: January 24th, 2018
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In the Face of Criticism, Senate Democrats Take Deal with Senate Majority Leader to Stop Government Shutdown in Exchange for DACA Vote

In an effort to prevent the continuation of the shutdown of the federal government, Senate Minority leader, Charles Schumer accepted a deal from Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell which approves a three-week government spending stopgap measure in exchange for a vote on a long term permanent solution to the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. The government spending measure ends the three-day government shut down until February 8, and discussions and a vote regarding long-term DACA legislation are expected to take place during that time. Schumer’s decision to agree to the deal, which contains no guarantee that a reformed DACA legislation will pass a vote, has been met with significant criticism from within the Democratic party. Without guarantee of a long-term solution, the futures of the 700,000 individuals who are beneficiaries of the program will continue to remain unclear. Many believe that a guaranteed successful vote for a DACA deal would have been the only justification for agreeing to the spending deal, with House Minority leader Nancy Pelosi going so far as to say, “I don’t see that there’s any reason — I’m speaking personally and hearing from my members — to support what was put forth.”

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