As the federal government veered toward a shutdown on Friday afternoon, California Republicans and Democrats in Congress pointed fingers over who was to blame.
Both sides say they don’t want a shutdown. But many Democrats, under intense political pressure from their liberal base, have refused to back any funding measure that doesn’t include protections for young undocumented immigrants brought to the country illegally as children. The more than 800,000 immigrants, known as Dreamers, could face deportation later this year after President Donald Trump rescinded an Obama administration program.
While the House of Representatives approved a month-long continuing resolution on Thursday, keeping the government open for 30 days and providing six years of funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program, it’s not clear whether the Senate, which is expected to vote this afternoon, will be able to come to a deal.
The House bill passed on an almost party-line vote, with all California Republicans backing it and all California Democrats except Reps. Jim Costa and Salud Carbajal opposed.
In the Senate, Sen. Kamala Harris has said she will not vote for any Continuing Resolution that doesn’t help the Dreamers. Meanwhile, Sen. Dianne Feinstein has waffled on the issue. Her office put out a statement declaring that she would vote against any continuing resolution that didn’t include protection for Dreamers. “I said in December that I wouldn’t vote for a (Continuing Resolution) without the Dream Act, and I won’t do so now,” the statement read.
But later that afternoon, she told reporters she didn’t know how she would vote, seemingly unaware the statement had been released.
“Shutting down the government is a very serious thing,” Feinstein said. “People die, accidents happen. You don’t know. Necessary functions can cease.”
Neither side appears likely to skate by without political damage if a shutdown does occur. A
Source:: The Mercury News – Politics