Senate Democrats may have abandoned their hopes of attaching an immigration bill to legislation to fund the federal government, but U.S. Rep. Dave Brat, R-Va., warns a fierce fight over immigration policy is still coming that conservatives must win.
Brat also expounded upon why he and dozens of other House Republicans want to make public a FISA memo on FBI and Justice Department conduct in recent years.
However, the big story on Capitol Hill Monday was Senate Democrats agreeing to a GOP plan to fund the federal government through Feb. 8 in exchange for a promise to start a debate on legislation that would grant legal status and possibly a path to citizenship for people brought to the United States illegally when they were children.
Until Monday, Democrats has insisted upon immigration being tied to the funding, but Brat told WND and Radio America reality smacked the minority party in the face since the government partially shuttered operations at midnight Saturday morning.
“I think they heard plenty of feedback coming back that said, ‘What are you guys doing?’” said Brat, noting the position of Democrats was tantamount to withholding pay for the U.S. military and funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program all for the sake of helping people in America illegally.
Brat said the untenable position of Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., and other Democrats even overwhelmed efforts in the media to paint Republicans as responsible for the shutdown since they control the White House and both chamber in Congress.
“It’s amazing that you have to have a debate on who shut the government down,” Brat said. “You’ve got 95 percent in the House and the Senate on the Democrat side voting to shut it down. If you forego rationality and language in the public square, that’s a hint where your society is.”
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