The Senate began today to debate the proposal of President Donald Trump to end the closure of the government administration, with a call from the Republicans to give him his endorsement and among the critics of the Democrats who consider it a “hostage taking”.
The leader of the Republican majority in the Senate, Mitch McConnell, presented the initiative announced last Saturday by Trump, which offers to extend two immigration programs in exchange to be included in the budget to be approved by the Congress a game of 5.700 million for build a wall on the border with Mexico, the main point of discord between both parties.
“The opportunity to end all this is looking us in the face,” McConnel said at the installation of the session, in which he anticipated that the bill will be voted on this week in the Senate.
In his opinion, “all that has to happen is that the democrats agree that it is time to put the country ahead of politics,” and invited them to respond with a “yes” to “leave this situation behind” .
The Senate resumed its deliberations after the long holiday on the birthday of Martin Luther King on day 32 of the partial closure of government administration, the longest that the United States has faced since 1976, which has forced the suspension of activities in several federal agencies and it has affected some 800,000 employees who must work without receiving their payment.
For McConnel, the “comprehensive” and “bipartisan” offer presented by Trump seeks to break the stalemate and quickly reopen the government, while fulfilling “political priorities” considered crucial by both parties.
“It is a solid proposal”, defended McConnel, after emphasizing that it is the “only thing that is on the table”.
The leader of the Democratic minority, Chuck Shummer, considered, meanwhile, that the offer of some temporary protections in exchange for the border wall “is not a compromise, it is more a hostage-taking”.
Schummer, who along with the leader of the House, Nancy Pelosi, has led the opposition to the border wall, also considered that the attempts of the Democrats to hold the Democrats responsible for the administrative closure are “useless”.
“The American people know that the president is responsible,” Schummer said in his speech to Congress, and warned that McConnell is a “co-conspirator” in this situation.
On the other hand, the Political publication today released a draft of a letter that supposedly prepares a group of center Democrats, led by Congresswoman Elaine Luria, with which they seek to pressure Pelosi to offer Trump a vote on the border wall in Some time in February, in exchange for signing a bill to reopen the government administration. (EFEUSA) .-