A group of centrist House Democrats, sick of political posturing, is pressing Speaker Nancy Pelosi to counter Trump’s immigration proposal with her own potential compromise. The group, led by freshman Rep. Elaine Luria of Virginia, is asking the California Democrat to offer Trump a vote on his border wall or some sort of negotiated security package in February if he first signs a bill reopening the federal government, according to a draft of the letter obtained by POLITICO….
“We’re in a funny place. I don’t think the president wants to end this shutdown unless he’s sure his proposal will be taken seriously. And we can’t take his proposal seriously until the shutdown’s over,” Sen. Tim Kaine of Virginia said.
Kaine is one of the Democrats arguing that Trump might end the shutdown if Democrats give him a firm commitment to debate border security in congressional committees, echoing a letter moderate House Democrats were preparing to send Pelosi.
“We understand that this shutdown was not caused by the 116th Congress, but it is our job to fix it,” the letter reads, detailing the hit the shutdown has had on federal workers as well as the economy.
Leadership from both the White House and the House of Representatives, however, do not seem interested in ending the standoff any time soon. In a meeting at the White House, Speaker Nancy Pelosi told President Donald Trump that she would not pass legislation to fund a border wall, and he walked away from the meeting.
Pelosi and [Senate Minority Leader Chuck] Schumer have argued that giving in to Trump’s desires would be rewarding “bad behavior” or “hostage taking.“ But some Democrats are starting to question that strategy.
“Give Trump the money,” Rep. Collin Peterson, a centrist Democrat from a red Minnesota district, told a local radio station Tuesday. “I’d give him the whole thing…and put strings on it so you make sure he puts the wall where it needs to be. Why are we fighting over this? We’re going to build that wall anyway, at some time.”
Which is the main point. There is a reason that the shutdown is dragging out and it is not the border wall or barrier as it is turning out to be.
So, why is this stalemate dragging out?