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House Democrats have signaled they are folding on their demand that a huge ‘Dream Act’ amnesty be included in the 2018 budget.
The retreat was signaled on the same days that the Democrats leaders, Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, is slated to meet with the President, GOP leaders and the Senate Democratic leader at a White House meeting to talk about the budget.
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The House Democrats’ gradual retreat will likely be matched by Senate Democrats, likely postponing a debate over migration and amnesty into January or February when GOP leaders push Sen. Chuck Grassley’s SECURE Act.
The Democratic surrender was exposed in the Democratic leaders’ explanation for why they want their members to vote against the GOP short-term budget extension, dubbed the “CR” for “Continuing Resolution.” The explanation, dubbed the “Daily Whip” did not cite the amnesty demand, even though it did cite defense spending and healthcare spending as reasons to vote against the extension:
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Republicans are advancing a two week CR to give them time to complete their work on their tax bill – not because they are negotiating over how to provide stable funding for the Pentagon and other government agencies, or resolve the many pressing issues before Congress.
In addition to a simple date change CR, this resolution provides for a change in the way that the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) emergency shortfall funds are distributed to states...
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