Congressional leaders point fingers as deadline for government funding bill nears without DACA deal

Posted on: January 17th, 2018 by ABC News No Comments

Credit: Architect of the Capitol(WASHINGTON) — Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell seemed to blame President Trump Wednesday for the delay in reaching a bipartisan deal to protect those who benefit from DACA.

“I’m looking for something President Trump supports,” McConnell told reporters Wednesday afternoon. “He’s not yet indicated what measure he’s willing to sign.”

“As soon as he figures out what he is for,” McConnell added, “then I will be convinced we’re not just spinning our wheels but actually dealing with a bill that can become law.”

McConnell said that as far as a short-term continuing resolution to keep the government funded goes, “I’m certainly going to take up what the House sends us,” insisting that he believes that a House-approved CR would have a good chance of passing the Senate.

McConnell’s comments come as President Trump and other Republicans have said that if the government is shutdown over the dispute, blame will fall on Democrats.

House Speaker Paul Ryan, on Wednesday, admonished Democrats for withholding their votes on a continuing resolution, calling it “baffling to me that Democrats would be willing to block funding for our military over unrelated issues.”

On the same subject, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer there remains strong Democratic support to oppose a continuing resolution. Republicans are in charge, Schumer said, and blame for a government shutdown would fall on them.

“We hope to avoid it,” Schumer said Wednesday. “We’re going to do everything we can to avoid it, we hope we will. But if we don’t, it’s going to fall on their backs.”

Meanwhile, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., urged her colleagues to vote against the GOP spending bill.

Senators Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., and Dick Durbin, D-Ill., continue to push their bipartisan deal on DACA. White House Chief of Staff John Kelly, however, said Wednesday that deal “fell short of what [President Trump] was looking for.”

Despite the president previously tweeting that a government shutdown might be a good thing, White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said Wednesday that such an outcome has “never been a preference of this administration.”

“If that does happen, the blame, the fault, will all lie at one place, because we would like to see a budget deal happen,” Sanders said.

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