President Donald Trump, who originally said he would take the blame for a government shutdown, on Saturday, outlined a deal to Democrats.
It included temporary protections for about 700,000 young, undocumented immigrants in exchange for $5.7 billion in funding for a wall along the southern border.
Despite his 13-minute outline, with the partial shutdown entering its fifth week, polls are showing that a majority of the public are blaming Trump.
Tortured victims of the shutdown include 800,000 federal workers who are not getting paid, plus an untold number of contract workers.
Speaker Nancy Pelosi rejected Trump’s plan before he spoke and Sen. Chuck Schumer, the Democratic leader, denounced the offer as “not a compromise but more hostage taking.”
Trump offered “Border security, DACA, T.P.S. Many other things. Straightforward, fair, reasonable and common sense with lots of compromise.”
The president said he had adopted some Democratic proposals on border security. He proposed $800 million for humanitarian assistance and $805 million for drug detection technology, in addition to funding for 2,750 more border agents and law enforcement officials and 75 new immigration judge teams.
Noting that Tuesday is the deadline for the government to reopen in time to prevent federal employees from going a second consecutive pay period without a check, Mick Mulvaney, the acting chief of staff, said Senate Democrats had a tricky decision to make. He also noted that the president’s ability to declare a national emergency was “absolutely” still a tool available to Trump to find funds to build the wall if a legislative agreement could not be reached.
Now it will be up Sen. Mitch McConnell to put the legislation on the floor. He told the president that he will not put legislation on the floor unless Trump firmly agrees to sign it.
It appears that the shutdown that is destroying the bank accounts of many federal workers will still go on while stubbornness rules in Washington D.C.