Let’s talk The Senate Vote

As I posted earlier today, the United States Senate was able to successfully pass a Stop Gap Bill to reopen the government. The Bill is set to pass as long the House and President Trump sign on.

So, what does this mean? Why did the Senate Democrats finally agree to a deal that they held out so long for?

The Bill is designed to reopen the government and resume the flow of money, temporarily. When I say temporarily, I mean this Bill only lasts a little over 2 weeks and will expire on Feb. 8th 2018.

So, one might say, what the heck is the point of that? Why is this a good thing?

Well, it’s a compromise plain and simple. When Democrats walked onto the Senate floor last Friday to discuss the issues at hand in order to keep the Government open, Republicans wanted nothing to do with it. The two sides of the aisle had no interest in even talking to each other to determine what they each wanted.

This is Politics, I get it.

The issue at hand was the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals policy (DACA).

This immigration policy was designed to give children who came to the United States illegally protections from deportation. It was designed to give them a chance.

On March 5th, these hundreds of thousands of what are now called “Dreamers” from the DACA Bill will lose the protections they have when the policy expires.

The problem? Republicans and President Trump have been very vocal in opposing DACA and how it works. Democrats have been very vocal in supporting the policy and wanting to keep it.

This is where the compromise comes in. With the shutdown, Democrats were able to secure a promise from the Senate Majority leader Mitch McConnell to have an open and honest debate about immigration to find a bipartisan fix to the issue at hand.

They were able to successfully put enough pressure on Senate Republicans to reopen the Government and force progressive conversations on immigration.

If Republicans are unable to pass meaningful legislation to give Dreamers a chance, we will be right back where we started and that is when we as a Country will have issues.

Can our elected officials legislate and come to a solution? Only time will tell.

-BT-

Blake Tarmann