Less than two days after GOP Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell used a shell bill from the House as pretext to kickstart an open-ended floor debate on an immigration reform plan, GOP Senators are telling Fox News and Bloomberg that a compromise that would preserve the so-called DACA protections has been reached.
*BIPARTISAN SENATE GROUP HAS DEAL ON DACA, GOP SENATORS SAY: BBG
— Lee Saks (@Lee_Saks) February 14, 2018
The deal – which appears to have been generated by the bipartisan group led by GOP Sen. Susan Collins – will preserve DACA protections in exchange for a border security package.
“I believe our group has come together on an approach,” GOP Sen. Susan Collins says, declining to address specifics.
However, it remains unclear if the deal, which appears to leave out funding for Trump’s promised border wall, will be acceptable to both the House and to President Trump…
Minutes before the news broke, Paul Ryan told Fox’s Chad Pergram that, while he hopes to find a solution on DACA, he “hope[s] that our Democratic colleagues are more interested in finding a solution than preserving an issue for campaigns…”
Ryan on DACA: We want to find a solution. I hope that our Democratic colleagues are more interested in finding a solution than preserving an issue for campaigns..We’ll see what the Senate does this week
— Chad Pergram (@ChadPergram) February 14, 2018
Ryan has said previously that he wouldn’t call an immigration bill to the floor for a House vote unless it has Trump’s explicit support…