Sen. Cotton: Shutting Down Gov't Over DACA Amnesty 'Not Going to Fly With the American People'
Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) joined Martha MacCallum on "The Story" Friday night to react to a possible government shutdown and the latest negotiations on a short-term spending bill.
The House of Representatives on Thursday passed a stop-gap spending bill that would avert a full government shutdown. The bill, also known as a continuing resolution, is now in the Senate, where it faces an uphill battle.
Senate Democrats have said any spending bill must include a fix for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, which protects from deportation some illegal immigrants brought to the country as children.
"I don't think we should be shutting down our government for what the Democrats are demanding," Cotton said.
He pointed out that the House bill would not only fund the government for another month, it also would fund health insurance for poor children for the next six years.
"And the Democrats are saying they're going to reject that bill because they not only want amnesty for millions of illegal immigrants, but they also don't want to take steps to secure our border and stop future flows of illegal immigration," Cotton said. "I just don't think that's something that's going to fly with the American people."
He noted that a number of Democrats have said they will vote "yes" on the spending bill, which he said is because they don't want to face angry voters in the 2018 midterms later this year.
"They don't want to shut down the government and deprive American citizens of government services -- to include health insurance for poor kids -- because they don't get an amnesty for millions of illegal immigrants. That is simply not a position that they want to take to the voters in November."
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