by William Teach | January 3, 2018 8:01 am
Democrats have been essentially fighting since the day Donald Trump was elected. Usually in their typical cray-cray mode. But they’re going to hold the line now
Itching for a fight, Dems vow to hold the line
The January battle to keep the government open is the fight Democrats have been itching for.
On three occasions in recent months, Democrats punted on some of their top priorities as the GOP passed short-term funding bills — a strategy that outraged liberals eager for confrontation on issues like immigration and health care.
But with yet another spending deadline approaching on Jan. 19, Democrats say the time has come to hold the line.
In a Tuesday letter to her troops, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) laid out the party’s top priorities heading into the fight. The Democrats will “insist” on parity between defense and nondefense spending hikes, Pelosi wrote, while pressing “firmly” to protect the young immigrants affected by President Trump’s move to dismantle the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.
In other words, they’re going to be soft on defense and attempt to protect illegal aliens over U.S. citizens.
Pelosi also promised a tough fight over new funding for veterans, pensions, the opioid crisis, health research, disaster aid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP).
Would this be the CHIP that most Democrats in the House voted against? And isn’t even up for a vote in the Senate because Democrats are against reauthorization?
At the end of the day, though, the only thing that they really care about is DACA
On Wednesday, immigrant rights advocates — joined by celebrities including Alyssa Milano and America Ferrera — will rally at the Los Angeles office of Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) to deliver an unsubtle message to the Democrats: deliver for the “Dreamers,” or pay a heavy price.
“DREAM Act or primaries,” Ady Barkan, a spokesman from the activist group CPD Action, said Tuesday. “We need Democrats to deliver on their promise to pass a DREAM Act now or we will put our full weight behind primary challengers who are ready to protect our communities.”
Veterans, opioids, CHIP, you name it, they’ll all come far behind DACA, because Democrats care more about illegal aliens than American citizens. And don’t think they are sticking just to Dreamers
Rep. Luis Gutiérrez (D-Ill.), one of Capitol Hill’s most vocal immigrant rights advocates, is sounding a similar alarm.
“With new people becoming deportable every day, House and Senate leaders in both parties should not underestimate the urgency and the passion behind getting the DREAM Act passed right away,” Gutiérrez told The Hill Tuesday. “Our base wants us to fight for what is right — to take a stand against the bigotry and callousness coming from the White House.
They are going to push for protection for most illegal aliens along with the Dreamers.
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