Furious Progressives Slam Democrats For Caving On Shutdown

Just moments after Senate democrats reversed, and voted through a stopgap government funding bill - one which they rejected on Friday night forcing a brief, 3-day government shutdown, and which keeps the government running until February 8 - progressives started hammering Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer over his negotiating tactics and his agreement with Senate Republican leadership to end the government shutdown on Monday.

Even Nancy Pelosi has spoken out against the deal, saying there was no reason to support it: "I don’t see that there’s any reason – I’m speaking personally and hearing from my members – to support what was put forth," Pelosi said at a press briefing shortly before Schumer signaled Senate Democrats would agree to it.

Progressive activists were much harsher.

“It’s official: Chuck Schumer is the worst negotiator in Washington – even worse than Trump,” said Murshed Zaheed, political director at CREDO, a progressive advocacy group, quoted by The Hill.

“Any plan to protect Dreamers that relies on the word of serial liars like [Senate Majority Leader] Mitch McConnell [R-Ky.], [House Speaker] Paul Ryan [R-Wisc.] or Donald Trump is doomed to fail,” Zaheed added.

As described earlier, Schumer and McConnell brokered a deal to pass a continuing resolution to fund the government until Feb. 8 in exchange nothing but a vague promise for a compromise from Senate Republican leadership to hold a vote on DACA-replacement legislation by that date.

Activists were infuriated at the deal, as it includes no guarantees that a bill will pass — nor does it tie an immigration bill to a must-pass measure to give Democrats leverage. The agreement also includes no guarantees that a potential Senate agreement on DACA could see a vote in the House.

“Today's cave by Senate Democrats — led by weak-kneed, right-of-center Democrats — is why people don’t believe the Democratic Party stands for anything,” said Stephanie Taylor, co-founder of the Progressive Change Campaign Committee. “These weak Democrats hurt the party brand for everyone and make it harder to elect Democrats everywhere in 2018.”

Finding himself in the same position that the GOP was in in 2013, Schumer faced pressure to reach a deal from members of his caucus worried that the shutdown would hurt the party. Five Democrats had voted in favor of a House bill to keep the government open for a month.

Prior to Monday's vote, a slew of progressive activists held a call pushing Democrats to demand a DACA deal in exchange for reopening the government.

“We’ve seen a number of promises from McConnell to his party members on [the Affordable Care Act] and the Dream Act,” said Greisa Martinez, advocacy and policy director at United We Dream. “Promises are not results, promises are not protections,” she added, referencing unfulfilled commitments on immigration and healthcare made by McConnell to Sens. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) and Susan Collins (R-Maine), in exchange for their votes on tax reform.

Naturally, Democratic Senators with 2020 presidential aspirations also came out against the agreement.

"The Majority Leader’s comments last night fell far short of the ironclad guarantee I needed to support a stopgap spending bill,” said Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) “I refuse to put the lives of nearly 700,000 young people in the hands of someone who has repeatedly gone back on his word. I will do everything in my power to continue to protect Dreamers from deportation.”

Sens. Cory Booker, Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren, and Kirsten Gillibrand - some of the most vocal members of the Trump "resistance" - all voted against closing debate on the agreement.


takeaction Mon, 01/22/2018 - 14:20 Permalink

This is so so funny. What the hell did they want....hold out forever...  

The WALL will be built....

Border Security will be increased...

Visa lottery/Chain Migration will go away..

E-Verify will be funded and enforced...

All common sense....Dem/Libs get over it...you lost.

and yes...your 800,000 kids can stay....that is the deal.

You even have good old Chris Mathews saying nobody can beat Trump in 2020. 

Oh the next 7 years are going to be great.

I do "Cringe" on some of what Trump says...but that is what makes him "real".  He says what the fuck he wants...and feels.  He is human...I am so glad he is in office compared to the alternative. Is he perfect...nope...and I like that.

Gold...Bitches bluez Mon, 01/22/2018 - 20:43 Permalink

Just another example of immigrants being afforded more rights than native born citizens...

Woman from Somalia defrauds for approx $325,000 for aid programs all while working and not eligible.  And when you check on her name it appears she also killed a man while driving and talking on the phone a few years past as well as filing ch7 BK.  What a winner.

Oh, and her sentence was parole no jail - because why? - Judge says she suffers PTSD from her childhood in Somalia.  How's about that for a get out of jail free card.  Why am I guessing the judgement may have been drastically different if this were a white male US citizen.

I just can't understand why Trump wants to change immigration to a merit based system.  Obviously we need more immigrants like this one from Somalia / sarc



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bluez Gold...Bitches Mon, 01/22/2018 - 21:28 Permalink

"Woman from Somalia defrauds for approx $325,000 for aid programs all while working and not eligible.  And when you check on her name it appears she also killed a man while driving and talking on the phone a few years past as well as filing ch7 BK."

What I really don't get is how she managed to do all that after flying that big jet into the WTC.

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bluez RAT005 Mon, 01/22/2018 - 20:01 Permalink

It's very strange that ZH responds to a totally fake false flag "progressive" scam like CREDO. Which is a totally fake Dem Party/Soros cryptofacist organization.

As an independent "progressive" (another stupid term) I do not want the government to "shut down" (like they won't let me go to the national forests). What could that ever do except provide new excuses for new scams?

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Md4 Ghost of PartysOver Mon, 01/22/2018 - 18:47 Permalink

If, and ONLY if...

...immigration law is fully enforced, AND the additional security measures (wall, eVerify, stiff employer sanctions, deportation, end of visa and H1-B abuse, end of chain migration, etc) are ACTUALLY put into place.

 The DACA dilemma is itself the result of lousy immigration law enforcement.

 The DACA situation must NEVER happen again.

Throw the fascists out in 2018.

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political junkie Md4 Mon, 01/22/2018 - 19:19 Permalink

US does NOT have to honor DACA - it was and EO because Hussein knew Congress would not pass...

The DACA are not all children. Their illegal parents need to be deported and take their minor children with them. The adult DACAs? Most have not even filed for citizenship. If they haven't filed, they must be deported. Many of them are criminals... they should be vetted and deported.  No illegals should be voting... no illegals should be receiving Medicaid or CHIP or anything else. American children suffer everyday. Obama did more for illegals than he did for African Americans, certainly more than he did for any American. Dems are fighting for illegals and DACA because they are losing their base... they need the illegals votes. Bottom line.

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Md4 political junkie Mon, 01/22/2018 - 20:06 Permalink

While I understand, and agree with most of your position, this is an especially fucked up situation. It is ALSO a consequence of fascist left pressure to keep us quiet about illegal immigration for years--to the extent we now have the DACA mess--and literally millions of illegal immigrants here today.

From another story about today's senate vote:

"The Senate passed the bill earlier Monday afternoon after Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and Majority Leader Mitch McConnell agreed to pass the bill in exchange for McConnell bringing legislation to enshrine protections for the so-called "Dreamers" - undocumented immigrants who were brought to the US as minors - into law. Trump cancelled those protections back in September."


So...the left is now thinking there will be movement on the DACA situation...even if nothing comprehensively is done on immigration reform overall...

If this is the case, it was the wrong deal to make. 

My hope is that republicans force the democrats to accept comprehensive reform FIRST.

That will likely result in another shutdown, and who knows what next.

Like-minded conservative Americans could greatly help republicans stand up to the left with massive support from emails, texts, and phone calls demanding reform no matter what happens with DACA. Control of illegal immigration is paramount to avoid more DACA crap down the road.

As much as I'd prefer it, IF deportation of the DACA's first, with a case-by-case review of fitness for citizenship over time (weeding out the bad hombres in that bunch) is what you're proposing...

...it would be the ideal, but, politically untenable...without sparking conflict.

I'd much rather throw the left a  CONDITIONAL bone on DACA...

...and have the conflict begun on much firmer ground...as with sanctuary cities.


THAT is the red line here.

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11b40 King of Ruperts Land Mon, 01/22/2018 - 18:33 Permalink

That is a possibility.

On the other hand,  just what do these morons think  that Schumer had to negotiate with?  Shutting down .gov was just fine with most of Trump's supporters, and who in their right mind really believes that the American public will get behind pandering politicians who don't seem to put country's best interest ahead of illegals.  I despise Schumer.  He is a disgusting dual citizen who works more for Israel than America, but I he is not stupid.  He saw where the polls were going with this and wisely caved.

If Trump holds on to his list of demands for DACA approval, the Dems are up the creek without a paddle.  There is no way to defend chain migration, anchor babies, or a lottery system over a merit-based one.  If they try, the Reps will beat them to death in the coming elections.

On top of that, Schumer is very aware of what is percolating just below the surface regarding the FBI problems for the Dems, and the IG report due in a few days.......not to mention the Awans, which is going to blow their party to hell once the story goes mainstream.  Anyone who thinks the Dems are going to turn either the House or the Senate this year is very badly informed about what the future holds for them, but Schumer knows.  He will be Trumps bitch going forward.

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BrownCoat nmewn Mon, 01/22/2018 - 16:41 Permalink

Well, I would have liked a longer shutdown before Schumer got nothing.

I also want to see an end to all immigration. Who needs people with all the promises of AI? In a pinch, I'm sure those gender study graduates can do society's heavy lifting like perform open heart surgery or engineer a bridge.

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Boing_Snap litemine Mon, 01/22/2018 - 15:03 Permalink

So what part did the "Memo" play in this cave-in then?

I think plenty, and this cave-in is adding to the signs of the Rockerfeller elitists getting their all too comfortable corrupt asses handed to them.

Keep on going Trump, by the time you're done with them only the Rothschild elites will be in the way of returning the world to a path of Freedom.

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