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Lawmakers end shutdown; Democrats given word on DACA

By Compiled by Democrat-Gazette staff from wire reports

This article was published January 23, 2018 at 4:30 a.m.

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Sens. Susan Collins, R-Maine, and Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., toast each other as they wait to speak at a news conference on Capitol Hill on Monday in Washington after senators reached an agreement to advance a bill ending the government shutdown.

Sen. Tom Cotton, R-Ark. (center), stops to answer questions from members of the media Monday on Capitol Hill in Washington on day three of the governm...

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky gives the thumbs up as he leaves the Senate floor after reaching an agreement Monday to advance a b...

WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump signed a government spending bill Monday evening that ends a three-day partial shutdown, the White House said in a statement.

Sen. Tom Cotton, R-Ark. (center), stops to answer questions from members of the media Monday on Capitol Hill in Washington on day three of the governm...

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky gives the thumbs up as he leaves the Senate floor after reaching an agreement Monday to advance a b...

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kt2235 says... January 23, 2018 at 6:13 a.m.

All this has done is prolong the drama......stay tuned, kiddies for the next exciting chapter! Same batty channel, same batty time, same batty characters.
Reality TV Democracy. Sad, sad, sad.

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RBear says... January 23, 2018 at 6:24 a.m.

It's interesting to see how Republicans are framing these latest developments. Schumer and Democrats forced the issue of DACA to the forefront by holding the Republicans accountable with the shutdown. Trump and Republicans have been promising to take up DACA for the later part of the year, only to kick the can down the road every time. The primary reason for the shutdown is the Republican's inability to pass a budget or a long-term spending resolution. Absent those, they create these crisis moments in Congress. It shows how ineffective they are at running ANYTHING, much less a government.
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The "blink" was really to give Republicans an opportunity to act on their promises and show the American public what a bipartisan government can look like. It was Democrats who made the move after McConnell promised to take DACA up immediately. There are two more weeks to hammer out a deal for the Dreamers who are productive residents of America and only ask for a path to citizenship that will not completely destroy the lives they have built since childhood. These are not criminals as some right wingers have portrayed, but members of your community who have worked hard to contribute to America.
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Sen. Cotton should be noted as the real culprit of this shutdown in helping torpedo the original deal put forth by Sen. Graham and Durbin. Trump has relied too much on his right wing counsel and it has not helped our country one bit. Cotton is becoming more of an opportunist with each issue in Congress. It's very evident he is setting himself up for a far right presidential run when Trump exits in four years. We'll see how much damage he can inflict on this round and screw the country up even more.
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While Pew noted 74% of Americans favor DACA and 60% oppose the wall, other polls have reflected the same opinion. Right wingers will dismiss such numbers, ignoring the true facts of the matter. The fact they post a lot of other economic numbers with attribution to Trump shows how ignorant they are on the issues. It's why our country has been declining on so many fronts at the local level. It's part of the erosion from the core out that has led to lower education levels, a workforce that lacks the skills necessary to meet employment requirements, and a healthcare system that increasingly is becoming unable to meet the needs of the country.

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hah406 says... January 23, 2018 at 7:57 a.m.

The moral coward Cotton claims he wants to help the Dreamers, who were brought here through no fault of their own as children, yet he keeps calling them "illegals." He is really a xenophobe who is scared to death by people with brown skin. Any immigration bill being put together by Trump, Cotton, Perdue, et.al. will be as harsh as possible towards those already in the country, and anyone not snowflake white who seeks to immigrate legally. That will lead us right back to a shutdown. How about instead we let the adults in the middle from both sides negotiate a compromise, and then vote on that.

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GeneralMac says... January 23, 2018 at 10:21 a.m.

hah406............Dreamers ARE ILLEGALS.

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wildblueyonder says... January 23, 2018 at 10:42 a.m.

From the looks of the photo, you'd think these two clowns actually accomplished something. They'll just be back at it in another few days, same song, second verse. The Republicans better not do a "deal" on DACA without including the ending of chain migration and the lottery. I wish the libs cared half as much for legal Americans as they do for the illegals in this country. But they don't.

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GeneralMac says... January 23, 2018 at 10:46 a.m.

Why the picture of 2 Democrats toasting each other ?

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GeneralMac says... January 23, 2018 at 10:49 a.m.

gohog............Corey Booker of NJ says legal and ILLEGAL immigrants are the same except for a piece of paper.

What a dufus !

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wildblueyonder says... January 23, 2018 at 11:06 a.m.

GM, right you are. And Booker showed his true self at Nielsen's testimony the other day. He's a real jerk and incapable of leading anything. I wouldn't trust Graham and Durbin to give me the time of day correctly. Where's is the decline in our country? Trump and a few Republicans have turned things around from the Obama era corruption. Now to work on the FBI and the Deep State corruption putting many of them in jail.

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Packman says... January 23, 2018 at 11:27 a.m.

Hey hah - By definition people that reside in the country illegally are in fact illegal. That doesn't mean we don't need to do right by the Dreamers and provide them a reasonable path to citizenship (them and only them, not their pre-meditated law breaking parents).
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And your wrong about another shutdown. The D's got HAMMERED in the court of public opinion this time around and simply cannot afford the risk of getting hammered again. It's worst case scenario for D's. Their strategy of misusing the filibuster rule in the Senate failed miserably and President Trump nor any other Republican is in fear of the that particular threat moving forward.
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The ultimate deal will provide a pathway to citizen for Dreamers but nobody else in this country illegally. Trump will get at least pieces of his wall and Tom Cotton will get an end to chain migration and the silly immigration lottery. It's a great compromise that works for everyone, excepting those who as adults knowingly violated immigration laws.

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carpenterretired says... January 23, 2018 at noon

Well folks in pursuit of the GOP Holy Grail of taking health care away from common folk the GOP has blocked reauthorization of Chips for months trying to cause millions of children to lose health care (true kids losing health care should warm what heart the boys in the turnip may have) and Cotton did appeal to his peers in the turnip truck with the evil in his heart, but with this deal CHIPS is reauthorized for a number of years .

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