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As the posturing of the conference committee begins, just wanted to provide some thoughts that I wish weren't provocative, as both chambers & sides of the aisle begin their talks. I should preface these thoughts to say that no one wants a shutdown at the end of this process. 1/
Part of the challenge in these convos is that both sides are in rhetorical political battles not real policy ones & so because each word could mean 29035 things depending on who is saying it the result is a bunch of fake conversations that result in nothing. And that is sad 2/
It's particularly sad when it's so obvious that a majority of Americans are actually for a narrow bipartisan compromise on increasing security & providing PERMANENT protections to #DACA recipients & #TPS Holders. & yet we find ourselves in an enforcement-only conversation 3/
Leaving behind over 1 million people whose lives have been disrupted greatly. Shouldn't fixing an actual crisis for them and their millions of US Citizen family members, employers, & friends be prioritized? I get why "now's not the time" - But seriously, when will it ever be? 4/
Anyone who has tracked this for the last 2 years is fully aware, that if there were to be a deal, it needs to be something that actually gets 60 votes in the Senate & 218 in the House. That's not rocket science & that means Congress would have to stop being bullied by the WH.
And act like a grown up independent branch of govt that actually cares about their constituents. Senate Republicans should try to actually govern & put forth a compromise that keeps out legal immigration cuts, asylum cuts, & ramp ups in interior enforcement...
It makes me quite sad that we've now entered a world where parsing through nearly 6 BILLION dollars of border security & the perfect combo of provisions that allows everyone to exit with their rhetorical wins is where we're at as a country & a Congress.
People should negotiate. And people should negotiate from a place of actually accomplishing something - i.e. none of the poison pills & a need to compromise. You can always walk away from the negotiations. But the concept of closing the door before having a conversation is sad.
We have to push past the comfy. What's uncomfortable is actually solving things.That requires costs on both sides & I don't believe in banking on the day Congress will magically solve this after injunctions fall apart. Make them fight to solve this, every day & every opportunity.
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