Last September, do you recall how jubilant you were thinking that we finally had a deal for the 800,000 DACA dreamers across America?
Rep. Nancy Pelosi and Sen. Chuck Schumer, along with their GOP counterparts, met with Trump over a budget resolution to keep the government funded. Although the GOP’s Paul Ryan and Mitch McConnell sought a long-term funding resolution to get them past the 2018 midterms to prevent a government shutdown on their watch, Pelosi and Schumer would only agree to a three month deal as long as it was tied to passing the Dream Act.
According to Fox News (yup, that Fox News): “ the White House issued a statement describing the meeting as ‘constructive’ and ‘a positive step toward the President’s strong commitment to bipartisan solutions for the issues most important to all Americans.’ The statement added that the three had discussed ‘policy and legislative priorities,’ including ‘tax reform, border security, DACA, infrastructure and trade’.”
Despite GOP disapproval, Trump hastily took the deal proposed by Pelosi and Schumer.
Like we said, we were jubilant that they capped the funding to only three months and that our dreamers would be at ease to continue to live, work and further their education as Americans.
Here we are, three months later and now realize it was a con by Trump to get what he wanted: keep the lights on in DC and promise the Dems anything to accomplish this.
He had no intention of a working in a bipartisan fashion when it came to legislation or policy. Including the Dems in tax reform? We know how that story ends: a disastrous Trump Tax Scam.
This week the government needs to be funded once again and Trump needs the support of the Dems to keep the government from shutting down.
We want our Congressmen to publicly deliver a clear message to Pelosi, Schumer and Trump: now it’s our turn.
No budget deal unless the following terms are met IN WRITING:
- The maximum time of this budget funding resolution is three months.
- During this time, the Dream Act must be made into law.
- The Democrats must be included in the tax reform bill which was passed by the Senate and is now in reconciliation before going to the House for a vote.
Anything short of this, well, get your candles out Trump because the Dems have discovered their spines even though it means the lights will go out in DC.
Today’s Calls: Senators Reed & Whitehouse
Message: We must have a clean Dream Act, the Democrats must be included in the tax reform reconciliation process and the maximum term of the budget funding is three months, or no short-term budget will be passed.
Sen. Jack Reed: (401) 943-3100 or (202) 224-4642
Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse: (401) 453-5294 or (202) 224-2921