Monday , June 14 2021

Senate to take up Trump's border-immigration plan next week

Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellTSA agents protest government shutdown at Pittsburgh airport The case for Russia sanctions Pompeo planning to meet with Pat Roberts amid 2020 Senate speculation MORE (R-Ky.) Said Saturday that the Senate will take up President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump knocks BuzzFeed about Russia report dossier DNC says it was targeted by Russian hackers after fall midterms BuzzFeed stands by Cohen report: Mueller should make clear what he's disputing MOREMore than $ 5 trillion plan for the border to temporary legal protections for some undocumented immigrants next week.

"I intend to move to this legislation this week. With bipartisan cooperation, the Senate can send a bill to the House quickly so that they can take action as well," McConnell said in a statement.

Trump is asking for more than $ 5 billion for border security in exchange for a three-year extension in protections for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program recipients and some temporary protected status holders. The bill being that will be taken up in the Senate would also fully reopen the federal government.

McConnell said Trump's plan is a "compromise" that includes "priorities from both sides of the aisle."

"This bill takes a bipartisan approach to reopen the closed portions of the federal government. It pairs the border security investment that our nation needs with additional immigration measures that both Democrat and Republican members of Congress believe are necessary, "McConnell said.

McConnell's decision to bring up a government funding bill that includes Trump's border-immigration plan comes after he's repeatedly blocked House-passed bills that would have reopened the quarter of the government closed by the shutdown but did not include additional border wall funding.

McConnell, at the time, argued that he would only bring up a bill that had buy-in from both Trump and congressional Democrats.

"The only way out of this impasse is a bipartisan agreement, and as the democratic leader and I have both stated here on the floor, only an all-corners, bipartisan agreement will receive a vote here in the Senate," McConnell said earlier this week.

Trump's offering as a "non-starter" before he had publicly pitched it.

Two aides said on Saturday that was not consulted by the White House on its new plan to end the partial government shutdown, which is currently in its 29th day.

“Democrats were hopeful that the president was finally willing to re-open government and proceed with a much needed discussion to protect the border. … It is unlikely that any one of these commission alone would pass the House, and taken together, they are a non-starter, "House Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy Patricia D'Alesandro PelosiOn The Money: Trump teases 'major announcement' Saturday on shutdown | Fight with Dems intensifies | Pelosi accuses Trump of leaking trip to Afghanistan Mnuchin refuses to testify on shutdown impacts Ellen DeGeneres buys cheesecakes from furloughed federal workers who were baking to make ends meet Trump teases 'major announcement' about shutdown on Saturday morning (D-Calif.) Said in a statement released shortly before Trump's address.

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