McConnell on DACA legislation: ‘I intend to keep my word’

McConnell on DACA legislation: ‘I intend to keep my word’

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) (Bryan Renbaum/TMN

WASHINGTON – Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky) pushed back against suggestions that the upper chamber might not move forward with the consideration of legislation protecting the more than 800,000 recipients of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.

“I intend to keep my word,” McConnell said in response to a question at a news conference on Tuesday.

McConnell’s remarks come just one day after he and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) reached an agreement to end a three-day government shutdown.

The agreement stipulated that the upper chamber would consider DACA legislation sometime in February.

The program expires on March 5.

Several groups composed of bipartisan senators are floating DACA proposals.

McConnell has said that the Senate will not move forward with an immigration bill unless it has the support of President Donald Trump.

Schumer told reporters Tuesday that he has withdrawn an offer made to Trump in a private White House meeting prior to the shutdown that Democrats would agree to fund a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border in exchange for DACA.

House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) said Tuesday that it is unlikely the lower chamber will approve any of the DACA proposals being floated by members of the Senate.

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