Kamala Harris Won't Vote On Spending Bill Unless DACA Provisions Are Included
By: Kayla Pasacreta
California senator Kamala Harris (D-CA) has announced she will not vote to back a federal spending bill unless provisions for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) are included. This past September, Trump announced he would be suspending the program. Since then, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer have reportedly been in talks to save DACA with the President, but the efforts have not led to any concrete legislation.
Harris won't let DACA talks die, insisting, "I will not vote for an end-of-year spending bill until we are clear about what we are going to do to protect and take care of our DACA young people in this country," DACA is particularly of importance to Harris' constituents; nearly a quarter of DACA recipients reside in the state of California. Harris, who many suspect may run for President in 2020, continues to be one of the most progressive Democrats in the Senate.
Nancy Pelosi (D-San Francisco) sided with Harris, urging their colleagues to make DACA legislation a top priority.