Ocasio-Cortez’s progressive four may not like it….
They would like to have legislation that would counter Trump’s clamp down on asylum seekers , migrants and other undocumented ‘s….
The policy efforts of the AOC group have NO chance of making it thru the Republican majority US Senate and Donald Trump…
House Speaker Pelosi HAS TOO do something ….
She cannot afford a fight with Republicans and be seen as not doing ANYTHING on a Trump manufactured immigration crisis ….
It’s a headache that Democrats say is not worth fighting when the same issues are likely to resurface in this fall’s larger battle over spending with Republicans. Plus, they say there’s little point in voting on a DHS funding bill that looks more like a progressive wish list than a serious opening bid to this fall’s funding talks.
“I don’t think it will accomplish anything right now,” House Appropriations Committee Chairwoman Nita Lowey (D-N.Y.) said in an interview.
Many would rather sidestep another major fight over immigration that could roil both liberals and moderates and endanger another blowup like the brawl over humanitarian aid in June that has shaken the caucus.
Democrats say they aren’t turning their backs on the humanitarian crisis. The House will vote this month on a batch of bills to create standards of medical care for migrants and to ramp up Congress’ oversight over border patrol officials. But even some Democrats acknowledge the bills are largely symbolic, slated to go nowhere in the Senate.
“It’s really tricky,” said Roybal-Allard, the lead negotiator on the DHS funding bill who also worked closely with progressives and the Congressional Hispanic Caucus last month.
She said, for example, ICE is criticized for deportations but also plays a role in combating human trafficking.
“Is it worth moving forward when we know what the Senate and the president have already said?” she said, adding that the House has a long to-do list in the coming weeks. “Where do we put all of our energy?”
But even if House Democrats shy away from the immigration battle now, the thorny issue will surely crop back up in September as congressional leaders negotiate a funding package to keep the government open….