Trump Rises Early With A Warning For Democrats (Roll Call)

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    Trump Rises Early With A Warning For Democrats – By John T. Bennett (rollcall.com) / Feb 13 2018


    ‘There will never be another opportunity’ to address DACA, he tweets

    President Donald Trump rose before sunrise Tuesday with one group on his mind: Congressional Democrats.

    The GOP president criticized the opposition party for what he sees as a collective unwillingness to cut immigration and infrastructure deals.

    The Senate on Tuesday enters the first full day of floor work on a possible bipartisan immigration bill that, among other things, might legalize the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, program and fund his proposed southern border wall. And the president appeared eager to send a message to red- and swing-state Democrats seeking re-election in November.

    That warning came in the form, as they often do during his morning executive time in the White House residence, in a tweet, with the president writing of addressing DACA: “This will be our last chance, there will never be another opportunity! March 5th.”

    He was referring to the early March deadline he set in a September executive order for lawmakers to send him a bill legalizing the program; if they do not, the 690,000 individuals brought here illegally by their parents who are now protected by the DACA program will be subject to deportation.

    The president’s warning came just a few days after he said the DACA issue has become good politics for Republicans and a bad one for Democrats ahead of November’s midterm elections.

    Trump is aligned with immigration hardliners like Sens. Tom Cotton of Arkansas and David Perdue of Georgia, among a group that has introduced legislation mirroring a White House overhaul framework that would expand DACA protection to 1.8 million people, while establishing a $25 billion border barrier trust fund and altering several legal immigration programs.

    On Monday, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., raised eyebrows when he endorsed that hard-line legislation after keeping his own views under wraps. It led some Democrats to wonder aloud whether McConnell wants to allow senators to blow off steam with the floor debate without passing anything.

    Adam Jentleson, a former chief of staff for former Sen. Harry Reid, D-Nev., on Monday night fired off a series of tweets predicting just that.

    Meantime, in an odd bit of messaging, the White House unveiled its long-promised immigration plan on the same day it rolled out its fiscal 2019 spending plan. The two things drowned one another out throughout the day — though they had one thing in common: Democrats lambasted both proposals. And the president noticed.

    Trump contended with a tweet well before 6 a.m. that his infrastructure plan “has received great reviews by everyone except, of course, the Democrats.” He then listed things that need to be upgraded — including roads and airports — and electronically wondered if Democrats want to make a deal with him.

    “We’re going to get the roads in great shape,” Trump said Monday during an infrastructure meeting at the White House. “Washington no longer will be a roadblock to progress.”

    Democrats immediately rejected his plan, which would devote $200 billion in federal funding to the coast-to-coast project while relying on $1.3 trillion in state, local and private funding.

    Democrats argued the former is too little and the latter will never come to fruition.

    Senate Appropriations Vice Chairman Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., said the White House infrastructure plan “falls far short of what is needed to address our nation’s crumbling bridges and outdated railroads and highways.”

    “It seeks to fund its proposal on the backs of working Americans by raising new tolls,” Leahy said. “His untenable infrastructure proposal will bankrupt states, in favor of lining the pockets of wealthy developers.”

    And House Democratic Caucus Chairman Joe Crowley, D-N.Y., called the White House plan “empty.”

    “At a time when our bridges and roads are crumbling and our schools and hospitals are severely antiquated, the president’s empty proposal lacks vision,” he said. “It will force states into debt while robbing critical funds from vital transportation programs that keep America moving forward.”

    http://www.rollcall.com/news/politics/trump-rises-early-warning-democrats

    PB/TK – Ah the ‘Art of the Deal.’ but I have a question, how many of Donnie’s base are gonna accept a deal to keep DREAMers in the US in trade for a trillion dollars worth of infrastructure repair; money the we do not have, money we will have to borrow.  So do we need both or is one needed to keep the other

     

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