McConnell Says He’s Waiting to Figure Out What Kind of DACA Deal Trump Will Sign

( – “There are a lot of people on both sides of the aisle trying to get an outcome on DACA,” Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) told a news conference on Wednesday.

But McConnell said he won’t bring any bill to the Senate floor unless he’s sure it’s something President Trump will sign into law:

“I’m looking for something that President Trump supports. And he’s not yet indicated what measure he’s willing to sign. As soon as we figure out what he is for, then I would be convinced that we were not just spinning our wheels going to this issue on the floor, but actually dealing with a bill that has a chance to become law and therefore solve the problem.”



Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) told the same news conference that he had just emerged from a meeting with House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) and two Democrats, including Sen. Dick Durbin (Ill.), the co-sponsor of one DACA deal that President Trump apparently has now rejected.

“We’ll be meeting again tomorrow, to try to continue to make progress, which as Senator McConnell’s pointed out, we all want to get to a solution here,” Cornyn said.

“But the president’s made clear there are four components to that,” Cornyn continued. “There’s the DACA solution, there’s a border security solution, and then we need to deal with the diversity lottery visa and chain migration. None of these are easy.

“But we’re all highly motivated by the fact that come March the 5th, this (DACA) program will no longer be available, and all of the work permits that currently exist for the 690,000 DACA recipients will go away. And so we’re all committed to getting to yes, and we’re going to keep working hard until we get there.”

As far as keeping the government funded beyond Friday, McConnell said he will “take up what the House sends us.”

Some Democrats say they will not vote for a continuing resolution that does not include a DACA deal. But McConnell noted that the CR will include a six-year reauthorization of the Children’s Healthcare Program: “They (Democrats) claim they don’t want to shut down the government, so it seems to me it would be a rather attractive package. I certainly hope that’s the way they look at it,” McConnell said.

But at a Democrat news conference on Wednesday, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) complained that “Republican leaders in the House have offered a continuing resolution that doesn’t address some of the most pressing issues that face our country.”



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