Pelosi Wants to Tackle DACA, Gun Reform Separately from Spending Bill

Nancy Pelosi

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-California) does not want the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program or gun reform to be part of the comprehensive spending bill, which is set for a vote next week.

During her weekly press briefing, Pelosi said she wants the House to tackle both issues as stand-alone legislation.

According to her, “None of these bills has to be part of the omnibus. We can go to the floor and do gun violence prevention bill. Also, in terms of Dreamers, we could go to the floor and do the Hurd bill or as it’s suggested over and over again to the Speaker, bring anything to the floor.”

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Pelosi explained that the Omnibus bill has other problems that they “could not live with.” She said, “We have a lot of work to do to iron these out.”

Last month, she led the opposition to the spending bill because Republican leaders refused to agree to hold a separate vote on a legislative solution to DACA.

On Monday, Pelosi blasted the House GOP leadership for “refusing to vote on a bipartisan DREAM Act.”  She said Dreamers are “forced to live under cloud of fear and uncertainty because of the Republicans’ “cynical inaction and obstruction.”

Last month, House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wisconsin) repeatedly stated he wants to protect the Dreamers. He plans to address DACA this month. He said, “We clearly need to address this issue in March; I’ll just leave it at that.”

Federal courts ordered Trump administration to maintain DACA

Last year, President Donald Trump signed an executive order to end DACA on March 5. However, a group of 17 attorney generals led by New York AG Eric Schneiderman filed a lawsuit challenging his decision.

In January, the district court in Northern California ordered a nationwide preliminary injunction to stop the President’s decision. In February, the district court in Eastern New York issued a similar ruling. The judges ordered the Trump administration to maintain the DACA program.

Late last month, the U.S. Supreme Court refused to hear the Trump administration’s appeal regarding DACA.

Take note that Pres. Trump wants Congress to fix DACA. He even stated that a legislative solution for the program should be a “bill of love.” The President also supports pathway to citizenship for Dreamers in exchange for $25 billion funding for border security.