House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi said Monday that she is positive about the prospect of an agreement with Republicans on the budget an immigration, even though she is skeptical about a planned meeting at the White House on immigration.
Pelosi told reporters that “we just have to come together and we will” on a budget deal that will up the funding for the Pentagon and other agencies, which will face budget woes otherwise.
Pelosi said she thinks an agreement can be made on the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, when asked why, she added, “because we don’t want to shut down government and I don’t think they want to shut down government.”
Democrats have used DACA as a bargaining chip in government funding negotiations while Republicans and the White House have promised to fund for a wall along the southern border of the United States as part of the legislation.
Pelosi was not optimistic, however, that Tuesday’s meeting at the White House would be productive.
“They’re not really inviting the people who have the most skin in the game, who know the issue. Surprising as it may seem to you, the more you know about the issue, the more you can compromise.”
“I don’t need to go to that kind of a meeting,” Pelosi said. “The Republicans in Congress will by and large vote for anything the president supports. So that’s where the negotiations are taking place.”
via Talking Points Memo