‘They Blinked’ — White House Reacts To Democrats Caving On Shutdown
White House principal deputy press secretary Raj Shah reacted to Senate Democrats decision Monday to vote for a temporary spending bill and reopen the government after a three day shutdown.
Shah, during an interview with CNN’s Wolf Blitzer, claimed that Democrats “blinked” when asked to characterize their quick flip on a plan to fund the government.
Democratic lawmakers voted largely en masse to re-open the federal government Monday after an impasse over protections for illegal immigrants brought to the U.S. as children. Lawmakers said they had come to an agreement with Senate Majority leader Mitch McConnell that a bill to codify DACA into law will be brought to the floor of the Senate by February 8.
The agreement gives an additional three weeks to both legislative chambers and the White House to strike a deal on DACA. President Donald Trump ended the program in September, citing its likely unconstitutionality, and told Congress it had 6 months to craft an agreement which also provided him full funding for a border wall, an end to chain migration and an end to the diversity visa lottery system.