Democrats Aren’t Buying Trump’s Shutdown-ending ‘Compromise’

Official portrait of President Donald J. Trump, Friday, October 6, 2017. (Official White House photo by Shealah Craighead)

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump calls it a common-sense compromise, but Democrats are labeling his proposal to end the government shutdown a “non-starter.”

At issue is Trump’s offer to extend temporary protections for young people brought to the U.S. illegally and for those who fled disaster zones. In exchange the president wants the Democrats to vote in favor of $5.7 billion for the wall he seeks between the U.S. and Mexico.

Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer is accusing Trump of taking hostages. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi says Trump’s proposal contains initiatives already rejected by Democrats.

Despite the uphill battle Trump’s proposal faces in Congress, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says he’ll take action on the proposal in the Senate this coming week. McConnell calls it a fair compromise for ending the shutdown.

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