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Don’t look for a another Govt. Shutdown…

Thursday is an another deadline for the Govt. CR….

I don’t expect a shutdown….

Trump WH Chief of Staff just announced that there will be no Dreamers/DACA mass deportation move , that would actually help Democrats….

McConnell says he WILL stick to his pledge to open immigration reform talks on Monday… Feb. 12….

The only people not happy are the House Freedom caucus conservatives who are looking for MORE money for the Defense Dept. over the self imposed limit….

Democrats will probably go along with things and Trump will get the House to sign off for another short term extension ….

Donald Trump…Chuck Schumer…Two New York City guys trying to go forward..

The President and the US Senate Minority Leader are the keys players in the United States of America getting a budget bill passed to keep things running….

One’s from Brooklyn….

The other is from Queens…

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One is a old-time political by trade…

The other is a Real Estate/Entertainer by trade….

In private?

They both admit that they continue to get along as they have for years….

But ?

It is probably going be up to Schumer the politician to try to find a way to get Trump to come to some sort of CONCRETE agreement for more then ten minutes….

It ain’t gonna be easy…

“If he were to call me again, I’d go in and talk to him again,” Schumer said of Trump. But the Democrat said he also gave White House Chief of Staff John F. Kelly a warning about allowing Trump to take advice from immigration restrictionists including White House adviser Stephen Miller and Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.).

“You will never have a deal if Cotton and Miller have veto power,” Schumer said he told Kelly.

If there is a silver lining for Schumer, it is that he believes the shutdown is unlikely to dent the high hopes Democrats have for the fall. If there is no resolution this spring and young people previously given status are deported in large numbers, the cost will fall harder on Republicans, he said.

“The specter of deportations is hanging there,” he said. “That could be devastating to Paul Ryan’s caucus and particularly the most vulnerable members.”

At the same time, Schumer wants to keep Democrats focused on an economic populist message in the fall, in part for the sake of those 10 Democrats in Trump states. With only three realistic pickup opportunities, holding those seats is crucial.

In several of those vulnerable states, including Montana, Missouri and Indiana, the issue of immigration could hurt Democratic incumbents, most of whom maneuvered during the shutdown to avoid votes that could be seen as choosing immigration over military funding. “We believe strongly in the dreamers, but we can’t just let that occupy the whole stage,” Schumer said. “We have to fight for middle class.”

He spends an enormous amount of energy making sure his five most vulnerable 2018 incumbents are protected to vote as they need. His direction to the caucus has been to focus 2018 messaging on retaking the economic populist message from Trump.

“He is helping the wealthy and corporations; we are fighting for the middle class,” Schumer said. “That is the sentence.”

The recent signs, he said, are good for Democrats. “Across the country, large numbers of voters, even those who support Donald Trump, would prefer a check on Donald Trump rather than someone who will just go along with Donald Trump,” he said….



Donald Trump says he supports Dreamer’s becoming Citizens?


Did he talk to the House Conservatives on this?

Are the Democrats offering to put ‘Wall’ money back on the table?

President Donald Trump said Wednesday he’s open to an immigration plan that would provide a pathway to citizenship for hundreds of thousands of young people who were brought to the country as children and are now here illegally.

“We’re going to morph into it,” Trump told reporters. “It’s going to happen, at some point in the future, over a period of 10 to 12 years.”

Trump’s pronouncements came as the White House announced it would be unveiling a legislative framework on immigration next week that it hopes can pass both the House and the Senate. The president’s remarks amounted to a preview of that framework. He said he’ll propose $25 billion for building a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border and $5 billion for other security measures….

Trump had previously ruled out the idea of citizenship for the immigrants known as Dreamers, saying last September: “We’re not looking at citizenship. We’re not looking at amnesty. We’re looking at allowing people to stay here.”

But he said Wednesday that providing an opportunity for citizenship had its positives. “I think it’s a nice thing to have the incentive of after a period of years being able to become a citizen,” he said.


Stop blaming Schumer…It’s the House…

Government Shutdown….



The throw-down has been against Democratic Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer….

Despite the noise?

This is about the House….

Schumer can only do so much….

He can’t accept the House terms on immigration that even most Congressional lawmakers won’t….

If House Speaker Paul Ryan is gonna stick to his positions?

There isn’t gonna be a permeant budget vote anytime soon…

…in reality, the 51-49 GOP Senate has never been the problem, especially with Republicans like Lindsey Graham, Jeff Flake, John McCain and Susan Collins committed to a nonpunitive immigration bill.

When it comes to protecting the Dreamers, Schumer was in a situation akin to a drunk who lost his watch in a dark alley but was searching for it on the main street because “the light is better here.” The Democrats had leverage in the Senate because of the filibuster, but the House has always been the problem on immigration.

Actually, the House would not be such an obstacle if a compromise immigration bill could ever get to the floor for a vote. But the Republicans are slavish devotees to the Hastert Rule — a disgraceful tradition named after a disgraced former House speaker, Denny Hastert.

As long as Ryan will not bring any legislation to the floor that does not have majority support in the GOP caucus, the Dreamers could be held hostage by outrageous demands of House Republicans.

Republican Whip Steve Scalise stressed to reporters Monday that the House majority feels no obligation to consider any Senate-passed immigration bill. Instead, the House Republican idea of an even-steven compromise seems to involve swapping minimal protections for the Dreamers in exchange for the Trump Wall, a sharp 25 percent cut in legal immigration, 10,000 new enforcement agents and a crackdown on cities that do not aid government agents in apprehending immigrants without valid papers….


Democrats will take a ‘promise’ for a DACA vote to end Govt. Shutdown…

I do NOT like this deal…..

Republicans in the spirit of Donald Trump could back out of this deal which has the Democrats approving the House Budget as it stands till Feb.8th for a ‘promise’ to vote a DACA/Dreamers deal ‘in the futire’….

But I see Senate Minority Leader was losing his support from fellow Democrats afraid of being blamed for the shut downs effects…

The Republican hardliners won this round…

The government ‘shutdown’ that wasn’t , should be over in a few hours….

Trump aides launch a media push against Schumer…But don’t knock a possible deal…

The Trump White House aides have been in the media since late Friday night blaming Democrats and Senator Chuck Schumer in particular for the government shutdown, whose effects are just starting on the first workday after the budget vote was not approved by the Senate …..

But as a bipartisan group of Senator’s work hard to get to a deal?

The Trump people have NOT criticized the leaking details of any deal…

A new poll out this morning seems to indicate that the Trump and GOP effort to stick blame on the Dem’s and Schumer has NOT completely worked….

Trump has repeatily backed away from portions he agreed to take on approving any budget ‘deal’…

The White House dispatched several senior aides Monday morning to make the rounds on television morning shows. They did not hide their frustrations with Schumer and other Democrats, but they chose their words carefully when asked about the possible compromise and the odds of the government reopening as soon as Monday afternoon.

Asked on ABC’s “Good Morning, America” program if he is confident the federal government will re-open on Monday, press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders replied: “I sure hope so.”

But she also accused Schumer of “playing games” over DACA and government funding. She reiterated the White House stance that it will resume immigration talks once the government is funded and operating. Sanders also was asked to respond to this charge Schumer made on Saturday: “Negotiating with President Trump is like negotiating with Jell-O.”….


Republican’s are to blame in shutdown…Poll….

A new poll out has the Republicans taking the blame for the government shutdown due to the Senate’s NOT having the votes to pass a House designed budget…

The Democrats will NOT agree to the terms the Republican majority , along the President, are backing…

Pre-shutdown polls from last week showed nearly half of respondents said they’d hold President Donald Trump and/or congressional Republicans responsible for a shutdown, compared to less than one-third who said they would blame Democrats in Congress.

A new POLITICO/Morning Consult poll, conducted Thursday and Friday also found more voters would blame Republicans in Congress for the government shutdown, 41 percent, than would blame Democrats, 36 percent. Democratic and Republican voters, by wide margins, held the other side responsible. But more independents said they would blame Republicans, 34 percent, than Democrats, 27 percent.

Yet the shutdown is no clean political win for Democrats….


The Senator’s trying to put tougher a budget deal….

Rollcall does a piece on the group of about 20 Senators from both parties trying get a ‘deal’ put together that would garner enough votes in the Senate to pass….

They have a daunting task…..

House Republicans have indicated that they are NOT inclined to go along with ANYTHING different from their bill…This means that IF House Speaker Ryan wants to get something the Senate agrees to passed?

He, McMconnell will HAVE to get Democratic votes to do so…

There is growing optimism that the Senate will be able to muster the votes necessary to advance a three-week funding measure to reopen the federal government, Republican and Democratic aides and lawmakers say.

The deal is a central discussion of a coalition of roughly 20 bipartisan members that have been meeting Saturday and Sunday. The group is discussing the offer with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., and Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer, D-N.Y.

According to Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., all issues are on the table. “Sen. McConnell is saying we’re going to do all issues, including immigration, which is a major issue,” Graham said outside the room where the bipartisan group met.

“Progress, making progress,” Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., said.

Sen. Lamar Alexander also noted “progress” but wouldn’t provide details: “We’ll know more in two hours,” he said around 3 p.m. Sunday after a bipartisan meeting of approximately 20 lawmakers dispersed.

“The leaders have to meet with each other … Mitch knows my thinking on it,” Alexander added….


image.. Drew Angerer/Getty Images

No Sunday Evening deal on Shut down….

McConnell and Schumer at the Capitol

Schumer and McConnell are talking….

But the House and White House have been NOT willing to make ANY deal on DACA/Dreamers unless there ispassge of THEIR version of the budget….

A bipartisan Senate leadership meeting this evening between Mitch McConnell and Chuck Schumer ended without a deal to end the government shutdown, per CNN’s Manu Raju. There’s still hope for a deal before tonight’s scheduled 1 a.m. vote, but the main sticking points continue to be the length for any potential continuing resolution to fund the government — three weeks seems most palatable for Republicans — and a firm commitment by GOP leadership for a vote on DACA….


image…Al Drago, Pool / Getty Images

Trump is asked to stay away from the Shutdown talks…

We are in day two of the 2018 government shutdown dance….

Republicans in the House and some on White House staff want to have the dance their way….

And so far?

They have with Trump as the DJ playing their music ….

But standing on the stage is members on BOTH parties…

They have been agreeing on music to play…

But the other GOP guys keep shaking their heads ‘NO’….

They even are telling the unpopular DJ to scrap the rules and just GIVE them ALL the music choices they want….

The talks are on going to get something the DJ will play…

But an agreement is gonna have to be made by a (Isolated ) DJ who really doesn’t know his music…But likes to be the only one on the stage

Stay tuned….

“This is the One Year Anniversary of my Presidency and the Democrats wanted to give me a nice present,” he wrote on Twitter before dawn, appending the hashtag #DemocratShutdown. By afternoon, the president’s trip — which was to include a lavish $100,000-per-couple party to celebrate his first year in office — had been shelved as aides contemplated with dread the potential practical and political impacts of shuttering the government.

Inside the White House, Mr. Trump, the neophyte president who has styled himself the ultimate dealmaker, remained remarkably disengaged from the complex process of hammering out a politically palatable deal that could provide a way out of the morass.

Senior advisers counseled him to do less, not more, negotiating, arguing that the shutdown was a political problem that Democrats had created for themselves, and had to find their own way to resolve. But Mr. Trump, a highly reactive personality who detests headlines questioning his leadership — like those that dominated cable TV throughout Saturday, during coverage of the shutdown and women’s marches throughout the country denouncing his presidency — felt stymied and wanted somehow to intervene, according to one presidential adviser….


Congress returns to work looking for a way to stop a Govt. Shutdown…

Behind the ‘blame game’?

Here’s what seems to be going on….

House Speaker Ryan want’s his bill voted in FIRST…

Then talks about DACA and the Dreamers, which would of course handicap Senate Dem Minority leader Schumer….

Democrats want DACA/Dreamers and some Immigration legislation attached to the budget bill, so they have a chance to leverage their postion, since the GOPer’s have a majority…

The offers that seem to be on th table are more short term votes….

Donadl Trump, under pressuer from his Chief of Staff Kelley and assistant Stephen Miller have pushed for a hard line on ANY Immigration ok’s for illegal and LEGAL people in the pipeline….

Ryan is backing the White House/Trump’s postion…

Schumer is under YUGE press to get SOMETHING on the immigration policy….

Unsaid in all of this?

The budget has CUTS in social programs for the benfit of Defense and Border Enforcement ….That includes helping the tax cuts empty the Treasury while spending limits (sequester) are lifted….


The Republicans are trying to steal money from the average American to give to the Rich (Trump/Corker)and Corporations that hardly pay ANY taxes in the first place…

As I type this we’re more than 12 hours in…

Oh, and the Republicans are out banging the drums saying the Democrats under Schumer casued this?

Stay tuned…

Congress reconvened Saturday morning as top negotiators pressed for a budget deal in hopes of keeping a government shutdown that began at midnight short-lived.

Federal agencies began shutting down overnight for the first time in more than four years late Friday after senators rejected a temporary spending agreement and bipartisan attempts to broker a compromise fell short.

Republican and Democratic leaders both said they would continue to talk, raising the possibility of a solution over the weekend. But House Speaker Paul D. Ryan (R-Wis.) told colleagues during a private meeting that there will be no negotiating on immigration policy, a priority among Democrats, during the shutdown. He is open to talks on the issue once the government reopens, according to three Republican lawmakers in the room.

“This is Chuck Schumer shutdown, case closed,” Rep. Billy Long (R-Mo.) told reporters as he left a morning huddle with fellow Republicans, summing up the vast majority of GOP lawmakers’ sentiment….


Why Trump changed his tune on an Immigration deal with the Senate…

Axios provides a view of the case presented to Trump AGAINST accepting a deal he said he WOULD accept if presented to him on Immigration…..

This whole thing, tied to the budget showdown illustrates how Doinald Trump can say one thing, and ten minutes later after talking to another person?

Change directions….

It also shows that he has few core values or beliefs….

Shortly after the infamous “shithole” meeting — where President Trump blew apart a bipartisan DACA deal pushed by Sens. Lindsey Graham and Dick Durbin — administration officials did their own internal analysis of the proposal.

Axios has obtained an internal memo, “Flake-Graham-Durbin Proposal Would Cripple Border Security and Expand Chain Migration,” that circulated within the White House, showing this administration’s scathing assessment of the Graham-Durbin proposal.

A source familiar with the document’s preparation says it was compiled by staff at Justice and Homeland Security.

Here’s the administration’s internal assessment, per the leaked document:

  1. Fails to Secure the Border:provides less than 10 percent of the necessary funds to construct the border wall.”
  2. Increases Illegal Immigration and Guarantees Future Amnesties:provides immigration benefits to certain illegal aliens who came to the United States as juveniles.”….