GOP leaders are asking Democrats to trust them on DACA. They haven’t shown much urgency.
Congressional Republicans are asking Democrats to trust them. Vote to keep the government open and an immigration deal will come soon, they say.
“These are talks that are occurring in earnest — we want to fix DACA,” House Speaker Paul Ryan said at his weekly press conference Wednesday. “Good-faith negotiations are underway, and to push that aside and try and jeopardize funding for things like [children’s health insurance] and our military makes no sense.”
Majority Leader Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) made the same case.
“I am committed to solving our problem when it comes to DACA, border security, and ‘chain migration,’” McCarthy said, adding that he “talked to all the players” this week, insisting he was talking to other senators in negotiations, including Dick Durbin (D-IL), who is leading the effort for Democrats.
But for all this insistence that negotiations about how to fix the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program are underway in earnest, by Wednesday it was clear they hadn’t progressed much at all.
The “No. 2s” — a team of leadership deputies that includes McCarthy, Durbin, Minority Whip Rep. Steny Hoyer (D-MD), and Majority Whip Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX) — have yet to come forward with an agreement, or present the outlines of a proposal to their conferences. The only bipartisan agreement publicly put forward was shot down by the White House and GOP leaders.
The clock is ticking. Congress has until midnight on Friday to avert a government shutdown, and Republicans keep pushing Democrats to leave immigration out of this round of government funding talks. Yet they’ve shown no tangible reasons for Democrats to believe them — and it’s starting to show.
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