McConnell: No DACA fix in spending bill

McConnell: No DACA fix in spending bill
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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellClash looms over next coronavirus relief bill McGrath campaign staffers to join union Romney, Collins, Murkowski won't attend GOP convention MORE (R-Ky.) said on Tuesday that he will give an immigration bill a vote, but it won't be attached to a spending deal.

"It is still my view that I will call up a DACA related immigration bill that ... the president will sign and that it will not be a part of any overall spending agreement," McConnell told reporters, referring to the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.

Congress has less than two weeks to meet a Jan. 19 deadline to fund the government and prevent a shutdown.

Democrats have been adamant that a fix for DACA has to be part of any spending deal.

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But McConnell signaled on Tuesday that immigration and the spending talks are on two separate tracks with two separate deadlines.

Congress has until early March 5 to get a fix for DACA before the program expires.

Trump and a bipartisan group of senators said on Tuesday they had agreed on the parameters of an immigration deal.

But Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerChuck SchumerTrump may be DACA participants' best hope, but will Democrats play ball? Pompeo: US 'certainly looking at' ban on Chinese social media apps like TikTok Russian bounties revive Trump-GOP foreign policy divide MORE (D-N.Y.) quickly warned that Democrats still want a DACA deal in the Jan. 19 spending bill.

"It must go in a must-pass bill and the only must-pass bill that we see coming down the road between now and March 5 is this bill. So we can continue to believe, insist, that it be in this bill," he told reporters.

But he declined to say if he would vote against a continuing resolution (CR) if it wasn't, saying Democrats expect it to be in the bill.

- Updated at 3:15