GOP senator: Trump immigration plan to reopen government 'represents progress, not perfection'

GOP senator: Trump immigration plan to reopen government 'represents progress, not perfection'
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Sen. John KennedyJohn Neely KennedyMORE (R-La.) said Sunday he plans to vote for President TrumpDonald John TrumpGillibrand backs federal classification of third gender: report Former Carter pollster, Bannon ally Patrick Caddell dies at 68 Heather Nauert withdraws her name from consideration for UN Ambassador job MORE's proposal to end the partial government shutdown, which includes funding for a border wall and protections for certain immigrants.

"It represents progress, not perfection," Kennedy said of Trump's plan on CBS's "Face the Nation."

Kennedy also called Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy Patricia D'Alesandro PelosiNational emergency declaration — a legal fight Trump is likely to win Congress allows Violence Against Women Act to lapse High stakes as Trump, Dems open drug price talks MORE's (D-Calif.) opposition to the proposal "predictable," but suggested that "centrist Democrats right now are glad the president put something on the table."

And he threw cold water on the prospect of a deal that doesn't include funding for Trump's desired wall along the southern border, saying such a proposal would be "dead as 4 o'clock."


Trump on Saturday proposed a deal that would include more than $5 billion in funding for a wall along the southern border, a three-year extension of protections for “Dreamers” who benefit from the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program and Temporary Protected Status holders and funding for additional immigration judges.

The bill, if passed, would end the partial government shutdown, which has lasted 30 days and counting. 

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellDems ready aggressive response to Trump emergency order, as GOP splinters Green New Deal Resolution invites big picture governing ‘Contingency’ spending in 3B budget deal comes under fire MORE (R-Ky.) said he  would bring Trump’s proposal up for a vote this week, with some Republicans quickly signaling their support.

Democratic leaders and some rank-and-file members promptly criticized the measure, with Pelosi calling it a "non-starter" and others doubting that Trump can be trusted to keep his end of the deal.