The GOP is currently proposing policies so controversial that not even their own party is completely on board. The new and controversial federal budget bill must be agreed upon by December 8th in order to avoid a government shutdown. In order for this to happen, 60 senators must approve of the bill. Given the current divided nature of the Republican party, it will be very difficult for the bill to receive the required votes. Not only would every single Republican senator have to vote “yes” on the bill, but eight Democratic senators would also have to approve of the bill.
The primary way Republicans could manage to gain 60 nods of approval for the federal budget bill is to make some modifications to the bill to appease Democrats. If the bill is not approved, the government will not be able to serve the public in the variety of ways that it should.
Republican senator Lindsey Graham appeared on CNN’s The State of the Union today and floated a possible modification that could make to the bill in order to make the bill more appealing to Democratic senators. The Republican senator from South Carolina suggested that incorporating an extension to the DACA program.
‘I think most Americans want to get these DREAM Act kids a more certain life. Let’s do it in December, let’s do it for the good of the country, let’s take care of a lot of problems at one time to show the country we actually can function.”
Graham has already expressed interest in maintaining the DACA program. He cooperated with Senator Dick Durbin, who is a a Democrat, in order to revive the DREAM Act and make sure that those who migrate to the United States are still able to progress on the pathway towards citizenship.
In response to a question regarding the probability of a government shutdown, Graham replied:
‘In Congress, anything is possible. I think it would be sad to miss this opportunity.’
The GOP, along with the entire senate, as well as the country itself, is currently truly in hot water with two controversial countdowns on the horizon. The Senate has until December 8th to sort out the Federal budget bill and until March to determine the fate of DACA.
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