Chuck Schumer has staked the Democrats political fortunes on unyielding “resistance” to Donald Trump.
In every big fight, the Democrats have failed to provide any votes for Trump agenda items.
But that streak came to an end when Chuck Schumer was forced to admit defeat.
Schumer and other Democrats thought they could force Trump to accept amnesty for the so-called “DREAMers” as part of the year end government funding bill.
They expected Republicans would fold – as they always did under Barack Obama – at the first hint of a government shutdown.
That all changed this year.
Trump held firm that amnesty would not be included in any funding deal and it was Democrats who were forced to back down.
Schumer tried to save face by voting “no” on the deal and claiming the Democrats would only accept a short term deal, but it was clear that Trump now had all the leverage.
The Daily Caller reports:
“The Senate approved a short-term spending plan to keep the government open Thursday but not without nearly a third of the chamber dissenting for various reasons.
The funding bill, called a continuing resolution, keeps the government open through mid-January. The legislation needed at least 60 votes and passed by 66 votes, with 32 nays and two senators not voting. That’s double the 14 Democrats who dissented against the temporary spending bill two weeks ago.
Most of the nay votes were from Democrats who are desperate to deal with immigration issues. During a caucus meeting Thursday, Democratic Rep. Luis Gutiérrez of Illinois criticized Schumer for not caring about the future of Deferred Action For Childhood Arrivals (DACA), and for “throwing them under the bus,” the Washington Post reports.
Schumer, who voted no on the spending bill, issued an ultimatum to the GOP that his party would not vote for anything more than a short term bill until Congress addresses immigration and wider domestic spending issues. He also mentioned that the $81 billion emergency spending bill the House passed Thursday would not go forward until the Senate addressed other issues.”
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