Dem leaders pile on, press Ryan for DACA commitment

House Democratic leaders on Wednesday seemed ready to join Minority Leader Nancy PelosiNancy Patricia D'Alesandro PelosiDems unveil slate of measures to ratchet up pressure on Russia GOP looks to blunt Dems’ attacks on rising premiums Who will be the ‘bridge’ for the Democrats? MORE (D-Calif.) in withholding their support for a Senate budget deal without a firm pledge from Speaker Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanDems unveil slate of measures to ratchet up pressure on Russia National Dems make play in Ohio special election Trump vows to hold second meeting with Putin MORE (R-Wis.) to consider legislation protecting "Dreamers."

“What we’re looking for is a commitment,” Rep. Joseph Crowley (D-N.Y.), chairman of the House Democratic Caucus, said during a press briefing in the Capitol.

With a commanding majority, House Republicans can easily pass the budget package on their own “if they have a bill that’s reflective of their priorities,” Crowley said.

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“If they’re asking me to vote for it, it needs to be reflective of my priorities,” he added. “And as of yet — I haven’t seen the full deal — but they have yet to prove to me that they have all the ideals that I’m concerned about in this deal.”

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellMcConnell spokesman on Putin visit: 'There is no invitation from Congress' Overnight Defense: Trump inviting Putin to DC | Senate to vote Monday on VA pick | Graham open to US-Russia military coordination in Syria Senate to vote Monday on Trump's VA nominee MORE (R-Ky.) and Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerDemocrats slam Trump for considering Putin’s ’absurd’ request to question Americans Judge Kavanaugh confounds the left This week: GOP mulls vote on ‘abolish ICE’ legislation MORE (D-N.Y.) on Wednesday finalized a sweeping budget agreement that seeks to end the need for short-term funding bills by raising spending caps on both defense and nondefense programs over the next two years.

The package includes a number of items demanded by Pelosi and the Democrats, including funding for the opioid crisis, natural disaster relief, veterans health-care facilities and medical research.

But Schumer has an additional sweetener: McConnell has promised floor action on legislation to protect Dreamers, immigrants eligible for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, an Obama-era initiative rescinded by President TrumpDonald John TrumpNFL freezes policy barring players from protesting during anthem McConnell spokesman on Putin visit: 'There is no invitation from Congress' Petition urges University of Virginia not to hire Marc Short MORE with a six-month delay in September.

Ryan hasn’t gone so far, saying he wants to act on a DACA fix but won’t consider any legislation not supported by the president — a difficult standard to gauge since Trump has repeatedly wavered in delivering his DACA demands.

In response, Pelosi took to the House floor Wednesday morning just after 10 a.m., launching a marathon monologue designed to force Ryan’s hand. She was still speaking as of 4 p.m.

Ryan, though, gave no signals he’s ready to budge.

“Speaker Ryan has already repeatedly stated we intend to do a DACA and immigration reform bill — one that the president supports,” Ryan spokeswoman AshLee Strong said Wednesday.

Crowley did not say how many Democrats in the 193-member Caucus would hinge their budget vote on the immigration issue, but he suggested the number would be considerable.

Overwhelming opposition from the Democrats could prove significant since dozens of conservative Republicans are expected to oppose the Senate’s budget package, likely forcing Ryan to reach across the aisle for Democratic support.

“I think many, if not all of us — I don’t want to speak for every person — look at ... the issue of DACA and immigration and how we treat immigrants in this country as the civil rights issue of the day,” Crowley said.

“That’s how strong this is for all of us in our caucus.”

Rep. Linda Sánchez (D-Calif.), vice chairwoman of the Democratic Caucus, piled on.

“The sole impediment to getting anything done on immigration has been the Republican leadership in the House,” she said.

“We are simply asking for a vote; that’s all we’ve ever asked for.”