Freshman House Dems Counter Trump’s Offer to End Shutdown

Washington Free Beacon | 1/23/2019 | Haris Alic
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BY: Haris Alic

A group of freshman Democrats in the House are countering President Donald Trump's proposal to end the partial government shutdown, despite Speaker Nancy Pelosi's (Calif.) opposition to any compromise that includes border wall funding.

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On Tuesday, the initial draft of a letter to Pelosi authored by Rep. Elaine Luria (Va.) and other freshmen House Democrats was made public. The letter, which was first reported by Politico, urges the speaker to "guarantee a vote" on Trump's request for $5 billion to construct a border wall in exchange for the president agreeing to reopen the government beforehand.

"Once the government is reopened, the Democratic Majority will immediately begin debate in committee on the supplemental discretionary funding request by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) for border security," Luria and her fellow freshman wrote. "This will allow DHS leadership to explain in detail how the funds will be used and whether this expenditure will have the reported results presented by the president."

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Arguing that a debate would also allow members to "offer amendments to address" the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program and other protections for illegal immigrants, the authors seemed to imply such a deal would be a too good pass up for both sides.

"We promised our constituents that we would seek bipartisan solutions, and we feel that this proposal would gain bipartisan support and allow a transparent process to evaluate the true needs of border security and provide much-needed reform to our immigration process," the authors added.

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The letter appears to be drafted in response to the compromise floated by Trump during a televised address from the White House on Saturday. In his remarks, Trump announced he was willing to grant a three-year temporary extension of DACA and other programs—covering more than 700,000 illegal aliens—in exchange for border wall funding.

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