After weeks of posturing and promising to get a DACA fix in the books before the end of the year for certain illegal immigrants known as “Dreamers,” most Democrats are walking back their threats of shutting down the government if they don’t get their way.
Senate reconciliation can only be used once per year and is going to be used for the Republican tax plan, so a filibuster has been on the table looming over the GOP during negotiations for a government funding resolution. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi has been leading the charge with threats but has started walking those threats back.
While House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) had previously vowed that Democrats would not leave town without deportation relief for Dreamers, she began to backtrack late last week and suggest that Democrats were withdrawing their shutdown threat.
“Democrats are not willing to shut government down, no,” Pelosi said.
These moves are likely a result of public opinions on blame. Had they been able to force the blame for a government shutdown on the GOP while still keeping their DACA push alive, they would have. By making DACA the sticking point, it would have been viewed as their shutdown, a prospect they don’t want to face going into the midterm election season.
The government is currently funded through December 22. If they don’t get an extension in place, it could be a sad Christmas for many Americans with government jobs.