Senate budget plan averts shutdown, does nothing for DACA

Senate budget plan averts shutdown, does nothing for DACA

Senate budget plan averts shutdown, does nothing for DACA

Just before the deal was formally made public, House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi announced she was opposed to it, and while she didn't encourage her caucus to vote "no", her statement raises questions about whether there will ultimately be enough Democratic support in the House to pass the bill.

"This agreement, which I fought very hard for numerous things that are in there and I think that it's a good bill", the California Democrat said on Capitol Hill. The 77-year-old House Minority Leader took to the floor on Wednesday morning to speak in support of undocumented migrants who arrived in the USA as children.

"Without that commitment from Speaker Ryan, comparable to the commitment from Leader McConnell, this package does not have my support, nor does it have the support of a large number of members of our caucus".

Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D., Ill.) said Thursday that a vote for the proposed congressional budget deal is a vote to deport illegal immigrants brought to the their parents.

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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, a Republican, and Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, a Democrat, unveiled the latest plan Wednesday.

Pelosi spoke on the day Senate leaders reached a bipartisan budget deal to raise spending caps in a two-year budget, but without dealing with the DACA issue. Other Democrats like Rep. John Yarmuth (Ky.), who sits on the House Budget Committee, say the bill needs to pass: "If Democrats can not support this kind of compromise, Congress will never function". "We're disappointed that a deal was cut without us, and we're on the outside looking in, and we're going to ask Democrats and Republicans who care about Dreamers to vote no".

"Our basic request is to honor the House of Representatives", Pelosi said at the end of her talk.

Nancy Pelosi has broken the record for the longest continuous speech in Congress in an effort to force a vote on protection for DACA recipients on Wednesday.

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Still, Pelosi indicated she wouldn't be formally whipping her members against the bill Thursday morning.

Unlike the Senate, the rules of the House don't permit filibusters per se.

An estimated 690,000 young immigrants brought to the country illegally have been protected under DACA, and roughly 1.1 million more are eligible but did not apply. It was unclear if any House floor speeches before 1909 had gone longer. The short-term funding bill expires on Friday.

'I have had the privilege of reading the testimony from Dreamers, I still have more, ' Pelosi said.

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