WASHINGTON – A spokesperson for a liberal advocacy group slammed Maryland’s two Democratic senators for voting for a temporary spending bill that did not include protections for the more than 800,000 recipients of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.
“Senators Cardin and Van Hollen flip flopped, abandoning their stated commitment to Dreamers and failing the American people,” MoveOn.org Political Action campaign director Corinne Ball said in a statement on Tuesday. “By voting in favor of the Trump-Republican plan without the Dream Act, they’ve kicked the can down the road while increasing numbers of Dreamers face the terrifying threat of immediate deportation.”
The program expires on March 5.
On Monday, both Cardin and Van Hollen joined 79 of their Senate colleagues in voting for a continuing resolution (CR) to reopen the government following a three-day shutdown.
Passage was preceded by an agreement between Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) that the upper chamber would consider DACA legislation sometime in February.
Maryland is home to an estimated 147,000 federal employees.
Many would have been prevented from working in the event of a prolonged shutdown.