Senate Republicans, taking their initiative from POTUS Donald Trump, are putting to paper his compromise proposals to end the current partial govenrment shutdown that will include border wall funding as well as a raft of other measures as a way of forcing Democrats to act.
The measure includes temporary protections for DACA recipients and other immigrants in the country who are currently in jeopardy of being deported, reports noted.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), is expected to conduct a procedural vote on the measure Tuesday.
The objective “is not to pass the bill, it is to open up and say, ‘Can we debate this, can we amend it, can we make changes?'” said Sen. James Lankford (R-Okla.), in an interview with Fox News.
“Let’s find a way to get the government open because there are elements in this that have clearly been supported by Democrats strongly in the past, like the Bridge Act,” he continued.
In order for the measure to pass it would need 60 votes, which includes all 53 Republicans and at least seven Democrats — just to proceed to a debate. It isn’t clear, however, whether all GOP members will support it, however, because some may not agree with all of the concessions POTUS Trump is making to Democrats.
House Democratic leaders and those in the Senate have thus far not shown any willingness to budge on money for the construction of a border wall and/or new barriers. However, some rank-and-file members in the party are signaling they may be able to offer some support for border barrier funding under certain circumstances.
Many of these Democrats are believed to be from districts the president won in 2016.
“I would not rule out a wall in certain instances,” said Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.), chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee. “The notion that we can’t have barriers is just something that’s not true.
Though the Senate measure’s passage is uncertain, McConnell is at least giving potentially vulnerable GOP senators up for reelection in 2020 an opportunity to get on the record as supporting the compromise solution.
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