Democrats give in, temporarily end US Government shutdown. By Stephen Dinan.
Democrats ended their filibuster Monday and agreed to reopen the government, ending a three-day work shutdown that embarrassed Washington and only deepened the gridlock that has gripped Capitol Hill.
It’s not clear what Democrats got out of the shutdown. Republican leaders agreed to a timetable for debating immigration, though they said they were going to do that anyway.
The Republicans were starting to successfully frame the shutdown as Americans interests versus immigrants. They got the message out, despite an unfriendly media, that the left supported immigrants over keeping the US government funded. The Democrats saw the polls, saw they were on a losing horse, and cut their losses — capitulation. Basically, the people spoke.
The left’s base and immigrant activists are furious.
Prominent immigrant advocacy groups are skewering Democratic senators for relenting in a fight that linked immigration changes to continued government funding.
The youth group United We Dream says Senate Democrats who supported a deal to keep the government running through Feb. 8 are “enablers” of President Donald Trump’s agenda.
The Los Angeles-based Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights says Democrats “need to grow some courage.”
The American Civil Liberties Union says Republicans and Democrats “betrayed our American values and allowed bigotry and fear to prevail.”
America’s Voice executive director Frank Sharry says he was moved to tears of disappointment that Democrats “blinked.” …
Senate Democrats reluctantly voted in favor of the bill [to re-open government], relenting in return for Republican assurances that the Senate will soon take up the plight of young immigrant “dreamers” and other contentious issues. Democrats from states won by Trump in 2016 broke with progressives looking to satisfy liberals’ and immigrants’ demands.
Liberals livid after deal to end shutdown: ‘#SchumerSellout.’. By Elana Schor.
Liberal activists are furious with Democratic senators after most of them agreed to reopen the federal government without a firm path to shielding young immigrants from deportation. …
Murshed Zaheed, political director of the liberal group CREDO Action, said Democrats’ decision shows Schumer’s willingness to betray progressives.
“Call it the #SchumerSellout,” he said in an interview. “Hashtagged.”
Ben Wikler, Washington director of MoveOn.org, slammed McConnell’s offer to Democrats and lamented the minority’s splintering over protecting Dreamers.
“What’s clear from today’s joke deal is that the grass-roots movement demanding unity and courage has a lot of work to do to ensure that the whole Democratic Caucus is ready to fight when the time comes,” he said in an interview.