A group of moderate Democrats is now encouraging House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to do more to negotiate with President Donald Trump in order to fund the government and end the partial shutdown.
The group, which is led by Representative Elaine Luria of Virginia has asked the House leader to offer the president a vote on his border wall next month if he signs a bill that would reopen the government.
“We know that you share our value that effective governing should not result in winners and losers, but that our job as legislators is to do the most good for the most people,” the letter began. “Across the country, hundreds of thousands of government workers are living in fear of what will happen if they go another week without a paycheck.
“The government shutdown has already cost our economy $3.2 billion according to S&P Global Ratings, including $200 million a day in delayed wages. The shutdown is expected to cost an additional $1.2 billion for every week that our federal agencies are not fully operational.
“We understand that this shutdown was not caused by the 116th Congress, but it is our job to fix it.
“Therefore, as the partial government shutdown enters its 31st day, I and the undersigned members of the democratic caucus request that you present the below proposal to the President and the Senate Majority Leader.”
The letter then outlined several compromises that they hope the speaker would take to the president, including that the Democratic majority in the House would begin the debate on funding for the border wall and guarantee a vote by the end of February.
“As part of the supplemental funding request, members will be able to offer amendments to address the current gaps in protections for Dreamers and those enrolled in Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and those currently in Temporary Protected Status (TPS) and Deferred Enforcement Departure (DED),” the letter continued.
The letter ended by saying, “We promised our constituents that we would seek bipartisan solutions, and we feel that this proposal would gain bipartisan support and allow a transparent process to evaluate the true needs of border security and provide much-needed reform to our immigration process.”