Democrats are vowing to withhold support for a bill to prevent a government shutdown Saturday unless a deal to revive former president Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, or DACA, is included. Republicans overwhelmingly say there is no chance for a deal to get done by this week. And talks are restarting from scratch regardless. The party whips in the House and the Senate have formed a new negotiating group and have started meeting, while McConnell said he is waiting on direction from the White House.
“I’m looking for something that President Trump supports and he’s not yet indicated what measure he’s willing to sign. As soon as we figure out what he is for then I would be convinced that we were not just spinning our wheels going to this issue on the floor,” said McConnell.
McConnell’s deference to the White House comes after Trump has already said he would defer to Congress, telling lawmakers they would come up with a DACA solution “and I’m going to sign that solution.” Trump’s chief of staff also said Thursday after meetings with members of both parties on Capitol Hill that Congress would take the lead