Rep. Steny Hoyer (D., Md.) said on Monday that despite a short-lived government shutdown coming to an end, “the war” between Democrats and Republicans will continue.
Politico senior reporter Jake Sherman posted Hoyer’s comment on Twitter after the Senate voted to extend funding for the federal government through Feb. 8, avoiding a longer shutdown. In a now deleted tweet, Sherman quoted the congressman as saying Democrats “lost the skirmish, but not the war.”
“HOYER in House Dem caucus meeting: ‘We lost the skirmish, but not the war,’” Sherman tweeted.
Sherman soon deleted the original tweet after receiving comment from Hoyer’s officer. “Hoyer world says that he said: ‘We neither lost the battle, nor the war; the war will continue.’ Not that Democrats lost this round of the fight,” Sherman tweeted.
All but five Senate Democrats voted against the short-term government funding bill Friday, causing the federal government to shut down for the first time since October of 2013.
The majority of Democrats argued any continuing resolution (CR) should include a solution for the illegal immigrants previously protected under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. Republicans have maintained a DACA replacement should be legislated separately from the CR. They argue it should be done so comprehensively to address immigration reform broadly, to include border security.
A bipartisan group created a short-term spending solution Monday, which is expected to land on President Donald Trump’s desk.
In another development on the government shutdown, liberal activists and organizations affiliated with the progressive movement castigated Senate Democrats on Monday after they struck a deal with Republican lawmakers to reopen the federal government.
Three days after the government shut down at midnight on Friday when all but five Senate Democrats voted against a short-term spending bill, the Senate voted to advance legislation to fund the government for three weeks. The chamber voted 81 to 18 to clear a key procedural hurdle for the stopgap measure.
“After several discussions, offers, counter-offers, the Republican leader and I have come to an arrangement,” Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D., N.Y.) announced. “We will vote today to reopen the government to continue negotiating a global agreement, with the commitment that, if an agreement isn’t reached by February 8, the Senate will immediately proceed to consideration of legislation dealing with DACA.”
Several Democrats had said they would not vote for a government-funding bill that did not protect the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program (DACA), which provides legal protections to immigrants brought to the U.S. illegally as children. On Monday, however, most Senate Democrats agreed on a compromise that did not address DACA, but only after receiving GOP assurances that Congress would come up with a plan for so-called Dreamers in the coming weeks.
Many liberals quickly went on Twitter to voice their outrage with Democratic lawmakers for agreeing to a deal, writing that they “caved” by not securing protections for DACA recipients. They also denounced Democrats for trusting Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R., Ky.).
The Progressive Change Campaign Committee, a political action committee that focuses on electing “bold progressives” from the “Elizabeth Warren wing of the Democratic Party” to office, blasted Schumer and Senate Democrats for striking a deal with the GOP.
“.@TheDemocrats caved led by weak-kneed, right-of-center Democrats–is why people don’t believe the Democratic Party stands for anything. #TrumpShutdown #DreamActNow” the organization tweeted.
By: Katelyn Caralle
(Washington Free Beacon)