RNC chairwoman: Pelosi's shutdown threats show 'rabid far-left base' a priority
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The Republican National Committee's (RNC) chairwoman is blasting House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) for suggesting that Democrats could withhold support for must-pass spending bills if a deal cannot be reached to protect immigrants brought to the U.S. illegally as children. 

"Pelosi and her Democrat colleagues’ shutdown threats show they care more about appeasing their rabid far-left base than protecting our borders and fighting for American workers," Ronna Romney McDaniel said in a statement on Tuesday.

"The American people overwhelmingly support President Trump’s plan to put American workers first while securing our borders and Democrats should stop obstructing on issues that have broad support from the American people," she said. "The president is offering common sense solutions to fix our broken immigration system and it’s time for Democrats to end their blindly-partisan opposition."


Pelosi told The Washington Post in an interview on Monday that the Trump administration's hard-line demands on immigration are "a complete nonstarter" for negotiations. 

Pelosi also said Democrats would not rule out withholding support for end-of-year budget bills — a move that would run the risk of prompting a government shutdown. Democrats' strategy, however, is not set in stone, she said.

After Trump moved last month to end the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerTrump, GOP regain edge in Kavanaugh battle READ: President Trump’s exclusive interview with Hill.TV The Hill's 12:30 Report — Trump slams Sessions in exclusive Hill.TV interview | Kavanaugh accuser wants FBI investigation MORE (D-N.Y.) said they had reached a deal with the president to extend deportation protections to DACA recipients. 

But the White House on Sunday laid out a list of hard-line demands that it said would needed to extend protections to DACA recipients. Those proposals including funding for Trump's proposed border wall and a crackdown on minors fleeing to the U.S. from Central and South America.