On the 32nd day of the U.S. governments shutdown, the deadlock between the White House and Congress has not yet been resolved, and some people cant sit still.
Led by Virginia Congressman Elaine Luria, a group of centrist House Democrats who are tired of political showmanship wrote to House Speaker and Democrat Pelosi to pressure her to come up with a compromise plan to deal with Trumps proposal.
Local time 22, the United States Politico news network exposed the letter of the Democrats. It is unclear how many Democrats signed the letter, but senior Democratic aides tried to play down the importance of the letter, suggesting that their parties were united and insisted that they would not negotiate until the government closed.
At the beginning of the letter, it was argued that effective governance should not lead to winners and losers, a value shared by Democrats, including Pelosi. The legislators job is to do the most useful thing for the majority of people.
The current situation is that about 800,000 federal employees across the country are not paid. They live in panic, and they dont know what will happen if they dont get paid next week.
Democrats mentioned that according to S&P, one of the three most authoritative international credit rating agencies, the governments closure has caused $3.2 billion in economic losses, including $200 million in deferred wages per day. If the government does not open, it is expected to cause losses of $1.2 billion a week.
We understand that this closure is not the fault of the 116th Congress, but it is our job to solve this problem.
The Democratic caucus members who signed the letter made three suggestions, asking Pelosi to convey their proposals to the President and Senate Majority Leaders.
First, once the government reopens, the Democratic majority will immediately debate the issue of supplementing discretionary funds proposed by the Department of Homeland Security for border security. The head of Homeland Security can also use this to explain in detail how the money is used to let Congress know whether it will produce the results the president promised to achieve.
Second, ensure that the House of Representatives will vote on the request for supplementary funding by the end of February.
Thirdly, as part of the supplementary funding request, members of Congress can propose amendments to address the current protection of dreamers, including beneficiaries of the Delayed Repatriation of Childhood Arrivers to the United States (DACA), adult illegal immigrants (TPS) applying for asylum, and delayed departures (DED).
Democrats wrote in the letter that they wanted to solve the problem through bipartisan cooperation and assess the real needs of border security through a transparent process.
Politico said the letter was widely circulated among Democratic lawmakers from Red States and swing states, demonstrating the pressure they face to end the governments closure status quo.
Pelosi and Shu acquiesced that surrendering to Trumps desire was a reward for his bad behavior and hostage-taking. But some Democrats have begun to question this strategy.
Give Trump money, Collin Peterson, a centrist Democrat from the red constituency of Minnesota, said Tuesday on a local radio station. Why are we arguing about this? Anyway, well build that wall one day.
Peterson and Republican Representative Don Young sent letters to Congressmen and Trump on Tuesday calling on them to end brinkmanship and reopen the government to make good-faith efforts on border security issues.
Later this week, the House of Representatives will vote on more bills related to the reopening of the government. In the Senate, Minority Leader and Democrat Schumer said in a speech on the 22nd that lawmakers have reached an agreement and are expected to vote on the two bills on Thursday (24).
One bill, backed by Senate Majority Leader John McConnell, aims to finance Trumps border wall and reopen the government. The bill proposes temporary protection measures for immigrants in exchange for $5.7 billion in border wall funds.
Another bill, proposed by Democrats and previously passed by the House of Representatives, calls for the first reopening of the government without new funding for the border wall.
CNN said the two bills would compete with each other to get 60 votes before they could continue to move forward. CNN believes that despite the agreement of both sides to vote, both bills are expected to fail, and the deadlock in closing the government is still at an end.
Source: Responsible Editor of Observer Network: Qian Mingxiao_NBJ10675