Pelosi won't support budget deal without Dreamer protections

Sen. Jeff Flake R-Ariz. walks to his office Thursday Feb. 8 2018 at Capitol Hill in Washington.
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It remained unclear Friday morning whether that effort would be enough, however, to placate an angry base about the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals policy being left out of the deal after months of pressing to have it included.

House Republicans were reportedly delighted that Pelosi spoke so long, as they believe the more she talks, the more Americans remember why they booted her and her party out of control of Congress in the 2010 midterm election, considered the "Tea Party election".

"No, I don't, I don't", he said when asked if there was any other way Democrats could exert leverage on the issue. Arizona Democrat Raul Grijalva called the episode "disheartening".

"The message is that if you don't support this, you don't support the military", Walker said, before adding that people should be able to identify as both defense and fiscal hawks. "So that's an alternative we're going to suggest to him and work with him on".

Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell has already promised such a debate in the Senate.

The House passed a short-term spending bill Tuesday night aimed at keeping the government open.

Pelosi was attempting to bring attention to the program and the fact the latest budget bill doesn't give permanent cover to DACA recipients.

"We're pivoting, what can you do?" said longtime advocate Frank Sharry, executive director of the pro-immigration group America's Voice. "We can do something today to at least make whole the children".

'We want a DACA solution. "And then hopefully tomorrow she will validate that trust by stopping us from voting for it".

North Carolina Republican Rep. Mark Meadows said his Freedom Caucus will fight it, but "I'm afraid the numbers will get so high and the debt ceiling will get added and it will be a Christmas tree of spending - that a lot of votes will be bought".

Prior to 10 a.m. yesterday, Nancy Pelosi took the House floor to stage a filibuster of sorts against the bipartisan budget agreement after it failed to include protections for young undocumented immigrants called Dreamers.

"This was such a proud day for me because when my grandson blew out the candles on his cake, they said, 'Did you make a wish?'". "They are a reflection of all the immigrants that have come before". "We don't even have that". The fresh threats exposed deepening divisions within a Democratic Party struggling to address a liberal priority in Republican-controlled Washington.

Republican Charlie Dent of Pennsylvania said he's been urging fellow moderates to use their numbers the way that conservatives on the right flank do.

"I will not vote for it".

But others have doubts.

That move is used in the Senate to delay or block legislation, and there isn't a House equivalent.

The House of Representatives voted 240-186. "We have always said nothing is agreed to until everything is agreed to".

Instead, they are banking on Republican claims that they too want, as Ryan put it, to "solve this DACA problem". "It's really up to [Ryan] to determine whether he's going to be a man of his word", Kildee said. "Is it plausible? Is it realistic?" Cotton growers and dairy farmers would get relief courtesy of the bipartisan leadership of the Senate Appropriations Committee, while popular funding for community health centers would be extended for two years, among myriad health provisions.

Still, many aren't ready to give up hope. Can we reach that balance?

"I don't know what (the Republicans are) thinking politically because if both parties are just going to be spendthrifts then what differentiates them?" said Leslie Paige, the vice president of Citizens Against Government Waste.

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