McConnell Shows His Cards: I Hope Trump Will Sign Bipartisan Border Bill

Ocasio Cortez and Senator Ed Markey hold a news conference for their proposed

Although Markey and Ocasio-Cortez's office subsequently distanced themselves from the memo, Republicans quickly denounced the resolution as a Trojan horse for more controversial, left-wing proposals that are unlikely to garner the same widespread support those outlined in the resolution might.

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In December, a poll from Yale and George Mason universities found that 81 percent of registered voters supported the goals of a Green New Deal, including 64 percent of Republicans and 57 percent of conservative Republicans.

McConnell sending Trump a clear signal is significant, as the Senate leader refused to let any legislation onto the Senate floor during the shutdown without a guarantee that Trump would sign it.

"I really don't like their policy of taking away your vehicle, of taking away your airplane rights", President Donald Trump said at a rally in El Paso, Texas, on Monday, referring to the memo. According to a GOP strategist that spoke with Axios, Republicans will emphasize the Green New Deal among "middle, lower classes and poverty stricken areas of America", broad constituencies crucial to either party's 2020 hopes.

"To me, this is just so extreme", said John Barrasso of Wyoming.

"This is a down payment on where the president wants to go and where we want to go with him: that is to secure the borders of the United States".


President Trump said that he "wasn't happy" with the tentative deal, but did signal he was open to negotiate if allowed to include some of his own adjustments: "I'm adding things to it".

Without going into details, Trump suggested that his administration was already doing some work on the border barrier, repurposing funds from elsewhere. "It's all going to happen, where we're going to build a lovely, big, strong wall". "I never kid about construction".

He added, "There's no difference of opinion between the parties as I know it when it comes to unsafe people in this country".

News of the congressional compromise has elicited a range of reactions among Trump supporters and critics alike.

Cartoonist Scott Adams was more forgiving, pointing out that the Democrats on the panel rejected the recommendations made by experts from the Customs and Border Patrol and Department of Homeland Security, who have repeatedly said a physical barrier is needed in multiple locations. Ed Markey, D-Mass., unveiled the "Green New Deal" framework last week. His campaign actually polled supporters on the question last week.

When asked about the restriction on detention beds, Senate Minority Whip Dick Durbin told The Daily Caller News Foundation, "It emerged because the Republicans [in] the Trump administration [have been] taking people and deporting them who are not really criminally unsafe". Some 800,000 federal workers were either sent home or mandated to work without pay. Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D., Calif.) seemed to downplay the deal, referring to the bill as a "green dream".

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