(WIAT) — President Trump’s latest plan to end the partial government shutdown has not won over his critics.
Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-New York), senate minority leader said, “If he opens the government, we’ll discuss whatever he offers, but hostage taking should not work,”
The offer is temporary protection for some immigrants here illegally, in exchange for the border wall.
Trump said, “This extension will give them access to work permits, social security numbers, and protection from deportation”
Democrats say the president “created the very problems he now wants to solve.”
Rep. Adam Schiff (D-California) said, “It was effectively saying, ‘Look I created a problem by taking away protections for DREAMers. I created another problem by taking away protections for refugees. I am willing to undo part of the damage temporarily that I have inflicted to get my wall.’ “
Vice President Mike Pence defended the proposal including from more conservative Republicans who describe it as “amnesty.”
Pence said, “This is not amnesty, there’s no pathway to citizenship. There’s no permanent status here at all, which is what amnesty contemplates.”
The senate is expected to vote on the bill tomorrow. Some republicans admit it’s just a starting point.
Sen. James Lankford (R-Oklahoma) said, “The vote this week in the Senate is not to pass the bill. It is to open up and say, ‘Can we debate this? Can we amend it? Can we make changes?'”
Eight hundred thousand federal employees are not getting paid until the shutdown ends. The TSA said that its employees are calling out at more than double the usual rate due to “financial limitations.”