Sen. Coons says immigration bill proposes to fix DACA, improve border security

Matt Schaffer/69 News U.S. Rep. Ryan Costello

Matt Schaffer/69 News U.S. Rep. Ryan Costello

"I expect that in order for this to be addressed by Republicans as the solution that will get us moving forward toward fully funding domestic and defense spending, we will need to add some border funding to it". The bill tracks with a bipartisan House proposal released last month that would grant a pathway to citizenship to potentially more than 3.2 million illegal immigrants, allowing anyone who came before age 18 and before 2014 to apply for legal status.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) has said the upper chamber will consider DACA proposals as long as the government remains open.

The government's funding authority would lapse for the second time in two months if Congress can not pass a spending bill by the end of Thursday. "It wasn't good for them, and we do have bipartisan support on these things".

Democrats are not taking that approach this time around. "Nobody wants another, maybe except him", the New York Democrat said.

Former White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci said he believes that a face-to-face interview between Donald Trump and special counsel Robert Mueller is still an option for the President's legal team. Rep. Barbara Comstock, R-Va., whose suburban Washington district includes a high percentage of federal government workers and contractors, said both parties want to crack down on criminal gangs. "We'll do a shutdown", Trump said at a meeting with law enforcement officials where he discussed possible changes to immigration laws. Funding for "the wall" is part of his deal.

That measure is not likely to survive unscathed in the Senate, where Republicans can not pass spending bills without some Democratic support.

The disagreement may mean the spending bill will bounce back and forth between the House and Senate several times in the coming days as the two sides try to resolve their differences.

Congress also faces another looming deadline, as the United States could have trouble paying its bills within weeks if lawmakers do not take the politically painful step of raising the debt ceiling. Given the gulf between the Senate and the House, a deal does not appear on the horizon.

Lindsey Graham told reporters on Capitol Hill on Tuesday, leaving a meeting of the Republican conference, that he now believes only a one- or two-year extension of the DACA program, which protects young undocumented immigrants who came to the U.S. as children, is likely.

In September, Trump announced the "wind-down" of the DACA program with an expiration date of March 5.

The Arizona Republican thanked Coons, a Democrat from DE, for his work on legislation. Schumer said the Senate could take up the issue next week. On the other hand, Trump has stated on his Twitter that Democrats are "all talk" and caused the shutdown for "the interests of their far-left base". Democrats oppose that idea.

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