And a few Republicans are joining them.
Just a few weeks ago, the idea of Democrats actually shutting down the government over the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program seemed like a proposition that only the caucus’s liberal members would support.
Fast-forward to Friday, the next deadline on a spending bill to fund the government. With House Republicans proposing yet another short-term spending bill with no immigration solution attached, Democratic leadership and rank-and-file members in the Senate are getting fed up. And now even moderate Democrats who had previously voted to pass short-term spending bills are looking like they won’t go for one to keep the government open.
Case in point: Sen. Jon Tester (D-MT), considered one of the more vulnerable red-state Democrats up for reelection in 2018 and a reliable vote for past short-term spending bills.
“I think it’s a bad proposal, I’ll just tell you that, and it has nothing to do with DACA; it’s a bad proposal,” Tester said of the latest continuing resolution (CR) on Wednesday. “It doesn’t push us in the direction we need to go.”
When asked if he would vote “no,” Tester responded, “What does it sound like?”
In the past, Republicans could cobble together enough Democratic votes from senators in conservative or swing states including Sens. Joe Donnelly (IN), Heidi Heitkamp (ND), Joe Manchin (WV), Claire McCaskill (MO), Bill Nelson (FL), Debbie Stabenow (MI), and Tester. But the political appetite among these Democrats to pass another short-term spending bill is looking less sure.
“The overwhelming number in our caucus have said they don’t like this deal and they believe if we kick the can down the road this time, we’ll be back where we started from next time,” Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said during a Wednesday press conference. He described the Democratic Read More Here