Lawmakers Face Showdown over DACA & Budget

HeadlineJan 17, 2018

On Capitol Hill, the government is again facing the looming possibility of a shutdown, as lawmakers have yet to reach an agreement about immigration protections for 800,000 young undocumented immigrants known as DREAMers. On Tuesday night, Republicans proposed yet another short-term funding stopgap in order to keep the government funded without resolving key legislative issues, including immigration and a children’s healthcare program called CHIP. A number of key Democratic senators say they will oppose any funding measures unless there is a resolution on DACA—that’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals. The legislative showdown comes as the fight over DACA is also playing out in the courts. On Tuesday, Trump’s Justice Department said it would ask the Supreme Court to immediately review a federal judge’s recent decision forcing the Trump administration to restart DACA, which Trump attempted to cancel late last year.

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