There’s chaos in Washington D.C. this week as we seem to be getting closer and closer to a potential government shutdown by the end of the week.
NBC News reported that while President Donald Trump appears to be confident that Democrats will take the blame if the shutdown occurs, congressional Republicans are not so sure. While Trump feels Americans will blame Democrats if Congress fails to find a fix to prevent DACA recipients from being deported, Republican lawmakers fear that the blame will go to the GOP. They fear this due to Trump’s decision to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, his past flirtation with letting federal funding expire and the fact that Republicans are in control of the White House, the Senate and the House.
“When there are shutdowns, our side usually takes the hit,” said Republican Rep. Charlie Dent. “It will be difficult for us to deflect the blame — whether we deserve it or not.”
Republicans are also well aware of the fact that they do not have a margin for error here, as Democrats showing unexpected strength in recent election. Unfazed by this, Trump took to Twitter on Tuesday to argue that Democrats “don’t really want” to extend protections to DACA recipients and that they would be to blame for a shutdown.
“The Democrats want to shut down the Government over Amnesty for all and Border Security. The biggest loser will be our rapidly rebuilding Military, at a time we need it more than ever. We need a merit based system of immigration, and we need it now! No more dangerous Lottery,” Trump wrote.
The Democrats want to shut down the Government over Amnesty for all and Border Security. The biggest loser will be our rapidly rebuilding Military, at a time we need it more than ever. We need a merit based system of immigration, and we need it now! No more dangerous Lottery.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 16, 2018
Rep. Michael McCaul, R-Texas, said yesterday that the GOP would suffer greatly if no solution is found and the administration begins deporting the roughly 800,000 people who were shielded by President Barack Obama’s executive order creating DACA.
“That would not play well for Republicans,” McCaul said.
McCaul was one of the authors of a bill that would allow DACA recipients to apply for legal status for three years at a time.
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