FEATURED:

Dem 2020 potentials line up against budget deal

Dem 2020 potentials line up against budget deal
© Getty Images

A group of Senate Democrats who are considered potential contenders for the party's 2020 White House nomination are coming out against a two-year budget deal.

Democratic Sens. Kirsten GillibrandKirsten Elizabeth GillibrandAffordable housing set for spotlight of next presidential campaign Overnight Defense — Presented by The Embassy of the United Arab Emirates — Senators seek US intel on journalist's disappearance | Army discharged over 500 immigrant recruits in one year | Watchdog knocks admiral over handling of sexual harassment case Pentagon watchdog knocks top admiral for handling of sexual harassment case MORE (N.Y.), Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisSanders, Harris set to criss-cross Iowa Kamala Harris rallies voters in South Carolina On The Money: Mnuchin pulls out of Saudi summit | Consumer bureau to probe controversial blog posts on race | Harris proposes new middle-class tax credit MORE (Calif.), Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenDNA is irrelevant — Elizabeth Warren is simply not Cherokee The Hill's 12:30 Report — Trump seizes on immigrant 'caravan' for midterms | WHCA criticizes Trump for praising lawmaker who assaulted reporter | Trump takes harder line on Saudis Clinton aide: Chances 'highly unlikely' but 'not zero' Hillary will run for president again MORE (Mass.) and Independent Sen. Bernie SandersBernard (Bernie) SandersElection Countdown: Small-donor donations explode | Russian woman charged with midterm interference | Takeaways from North Dakota Senate debate | O'Rourke gives 'definitive no' to 2020 run | Dems hope Latino voters turn Arizona blue Bernie Sanders' age should not disqualify him in 2020 Small-dollar donations explode in the Trump era MORE (Vt.) each said separately on Thursday that they will vote against the package needed to stave off a government shutdown scheduled to start at midnight
 
Each of the lawmakers pointed to the lack of a resolution for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program as a reason for their opposition.
 
Congress has until March 5 to pass a fix for the program or hundreds of thousands of immigrants brought into the country illegally as children will be at risk of being deported. 
 
A continuing resolution (CR), included as part of the budget deal, would keep the government open until March 23, weeks past the immigration deadline. 
 
Warren touted the agreement as making "real progress on .... middle-class priorities I've spent months pushing for," while doing nothing "to the ongoing crisis facing 800,000 Dreamers." 
 
"Republican leadership has refused to do the morally right thing by protecting the young people who know only this country as their home," Gillibrand added in her statement.

A spokesman for Harris also confirmed that the California Democrat would oppose the budget deal, which will also increase the debt ceiling. 

"She won’t support a spending bill without a clear pathway to protect DACA recipients who are in danger of being deported come March 5th, including the 220,000 Dreamers in California," the spokesman said. 
 
Though the Senate is expected to turn to an immigration debate next week, Congress has to pass a continuing resolution by midnight Thursday in order to prevent a second partial closure of the government. 
 
The agreement would boost funding for the Pentagon and nondefense domestic programs by about $300 billion more than current levels over the next two fiscal years. 
 
The deal would include Democratic priorities like an additional four years of the Children's Health Insurance Program funding, money to combat the opioid epidemic and help for community health centers. 
 
The Senate is expected to be able to pass the budget, despite opposition from senators in both parties. Progressives have also opposed the previous two stopgap funding bills as they looked for leverage on the immigration fight. 
 
Sanders also said the increase in military funding was part of the reason he is voting against the deal, calling it "march too large." 
 
"I believe in a strong military, but at a time when the U.S. spends more on defense than the next 12 countries combined, the last thing we should do is massively increase the Pentagon’s budget," Sanders, the ranking member on the Senate Budget Committee, said in a statement.