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The top Democratic Democrats are signaling that they want to reach a consensus position on Title 42 amid harsh criticism from their own members of President Biden’s plan to roll back the persistent political attack from the Republicans.
“We will work through this to see if we can get to a position that we can agree on because there are divisions there now,” Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, DN.Y., said this week.
“I do not want to say what such an agreement will look like because I do not want to anticipate … our negotiations or discussions,” said House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, D-Md., When asked if similar talks are taking place with his members. “But I hope we get an agreement on that.”
“It’s being worked on,” he added. But, Hoyer said, the GOP’s “demagoguery” in the Title 42 issue does not help the case.
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Title 42 was introduced by former President Donald Trump’s administration early in the pandemic to make it easier to deport many migrants quickly. The bite kept in place for over a year, but recently set a date for May 23, when it should be lifted, citing improved pandemic conditions.
But Republicans and many Democrats – especially moderates and those up for re-election – considered the decision premature because of an expected increase in migrants that would result from the removal of Title 42.
The comments from Hoyer and Schumer do not represent a complete break with the president. Schumer especially called for Title 42 to end up going back to last year. But the statements may indicate that Democratic leaders believe it is unsustainable to be locked in with the White House on Title 42, given disagreement in their ranks, and they need a compromise attitude that all their members can support.
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Chairman of the Democratic Senate Campaign Committee (DSCC), Gary Peters, D-Mich., Warned that the rollback was unwise earlier this month. Peters also said negotiations are underway for a compromise position among congressional Democrats on Wednesday.
“There are a lot of discussions about how we handle the southern border and immigration broadly. So definitely those talks are underway,” Peters told Fox News Digital. “I do not think we want to negotiate it all in public right now. But then those talks take place.”
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Republicans say Democrats are only taking this step because they believe a rollback of Title 42 will hurt them in the interim.
“It looks like someone with half a brain has finally taken over,” Sen. Lindsey Graham, RS.C., told Fox News Digital. “It’s a retreat, it’s blowing up in their face … They’re trying to distance themselves from the dumbest politics in the world. Now the only reason they do it is because of politics.”
The White House, meanwhile, is announcing a plan released by Homeland Security Minister Alejandro Mayorkas to deal with an expected border increase when Title 42 is lifted. White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said earlier this week that unless Congress actually passes legislation, decisions on Title 42 rest within the executive branch and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
“Well, that’s just not how it works. It’s clear that Title 42 is – the authority was given to the CDC by Congress. They made a decision,” Psaki said when asked about late. Joe Manchin, DW.Va., who called for title 42 to stay. “If Congress wants to decide – make some decisions about the next steps of Section 42, they can work together on it. But it’s an authority or a decision that … would have to lie in the body he works for. in.”
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Nevertheless, some important vulnerable moderate senators said on Wednesday that they were not happy with Mayorkas’ plan to deal with the border. And they said they are not sure of any compromise position among the congressional Democrats yet.
“I can only tell you where I am right now,” Senator Catherine Cortez Masto, D-Nev., Said when asked about Schumer’s comments. “What I’m worried about and am clear is the fact that I can not see a comprehensive plan. That’s where we need to be and I look forward to talking to DHS and HHS and trying to get answers.”
“I’m always looking for a compromise,” Sen said. Mark Kelly, D-Ariz.,. “But in my case, it should include that either we have a comprehensive plan that we put things in place or that we do not lift title 42.”
“We have an arbitrary date that has just been pulled out of the air that is … less than 30 days from now. And there is a lot that needs to be in place for me to reach the point where I would be comfortable. to lift title 42, “Kelly said.
House Democratic Caucus President Hakeem Jeffries, DN.Y., and Vice President Pete Aguilar, D-Calif., Downplayed divisions among Democrats, especially compared to the delicate GOP meeting meeting that Jeffries called a “cult.”
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“We’re always working to try to find the highest common denominator among us, and that’s what we do. We’re not a cult, we’re a coalition,” Jeffries said Wednesday. “We will always engage in a process of trying to discuss our different public policy perspectives and then find the highest common denominator to advance the ball for the American people.”
“I appreciate that the Senate wants to try to find consensus, I would also appreciate if they acted on some of the immigration-related bills that we have passed over to them in a bipartisan way,” Aguilar said.