Hi Folks I am going to try and keep you looped in on what is happening.
On Friday January 19,2018:
Senate Democrats and some Republicans in the upper chamber blocked a House bill that passed along largely party lines to keep the government open for another year. Essentially, the main battle concerns immigration, and specifically what to do with nearly 700,000 “Dreamers” who are undocumented immigrants who came to the United States as children.
On Saturday January 20, 2018:
Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.) offered President Trump funding for his wall in exchange for protecting immigrants who entered the country illegally as children? The most powerful Democrat in the Senate was willing to support one of his party’s most-hated proposals, just like that? The Times wrote simply that Schumer “discussed the possibility of fully funding the president’s wall on the southern border with Mexico” — which leaves some wiggle room.
On the floor of the Senate on Saturday, though, Schumer explained that it was almost exactly that: A deal on those covered under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program that would also potentially fund the wall.
“On the thorniest issue, of immigration,” Schumer said, “the president said many times he would take a deal that had included DACA in exchange for the wall. I put that deal on the table in the Oval Office in a sincere effort at compromise. I put the wall on the table in exchange for strong DACA protections. … It was a generous offer.”
Sunday January 21, 2018
3pm-The Trump administration has said it will not negotiate on the subject of “illegal immigration” while the shutdown continues, which suggests it will not agree to changes on the DACA program while the government is closed.
7:30pm-Senator Flake said the White House hasn’t been involved in any discussions. And he said the President doesn’t need to sign off on anything.
“I just don’t think it helps for him to be involved at all,” he said. “The White House really hasn’t been involved from what I’ve seen.”
“It’s going to be very difficult to pass anything out of the House without the President’s support. Our hope is to pass something in the Senate that then gets the President’s support.”
Monday January 22, 2018
Lawmakers voted 266-150 to reopen the federal government and extend funding through Feb. 8, as well as provide money for the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) for six years. Six Republicans voted “no,” while 45 Democrats voted “yes” to pass the bill.