Democratic congressional leaders Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer are beginning to receive pushback from their fellow Democrats who are ready to compromise in order to end the partial government shutdown.
Minnesota Democratic Rep. Collin Peterson said on local radio Tuesday,“Give Trump the money.”
“I’d give him the whole thing … and put strings on it so you make sure he puts the wall where it needs to be. Why are we fighting over this? We’re going to build that wall anyway, at some time.”
Patterson, who is the Chairman of the House Agriculture Committee proposed a solution in which a portion of the money could be used not just for the border wall, but for Border Patrol and other security issues along the ports of entry.
“I don’t know if I want to give (Trump) a blank check, but I don’t want to preclude him from getting the money either, if he’s going to use the money correctly.”
Peterson added “I don’t know how we get (to a deal). The White House hasn’t called me. When I bring up what I have to say (to Democrats), they look at me cross-eyed.”
Peterson is not joined in his opinion by all Democrats, however. Fox News reported that freshman Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez spoke to the House Democratic Caucus on Wednesday and encouraged Democrats to continue to pressure on Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to end the shutdown without wall funding.
Still, others are in the middle of the issue, such as Representative Elaine Luria, have encouraged speaker Pelosi to counter president Trump’s compromise from days ago that included extended stays for Dreamers and other current illegal immigrants.
“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 system,” the draft letter, posted online by Luria, states.
Walter Isaacson, the author and former CEO of the Aspen Institute, tweeted that Democrats “should take the deal.”
“DACA (the most impt moral issue) will inevitably stay in place,” Isaacson tweeted. “His base will rebel against him. The border funding will never lead to a real wall. Steel fences in a few more locations not that bad a thing for US — or for Dems.”
Dems should take the deal. DACA (the most impt moral issue) will inevitably stay in place. His base will rebel against him. The border funding will never lead to a real wall. Steel fences in a few more locations not that bad a thing for US — or for Dems. https://t.co/coHkfbUOmi
— Walter Isaacson (@WalterIsaacson) January 20, 2019