Flake: McConnell 'Committed' to Tackling DACA Bill in January

Flake: McConnell 'Committed' to Tackling DACA Bill in January

Jeff Flake made the statement Tuesday, despite Majority Leader Mitch McConnell saying not to expect a fix before the end of 2017.

"I am. pleased that the Majority Leader has committed to bring the bipartisan DACA bill we are now negotiating to the Senate floor in January", Flake said in a statement. "Senator Schumer and I have discussed it".

"That's a matter to be discussed next year", McConnell said in an interview with Fox News earlier on Tuesday.

About a half-dozen senators have been negotiating a bipartisan package prompted by Trump's decision to kill the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, an Obama-era executive action that granted work permits to almost 800,000 undocumented immigrants who came here as minors.

State Sen. Jack Latvala quits in face of corruption investigation, possible expulsion
The investigation could eventually be referred to state and/or federal prosecutors, according to numerous sources. He returned to the Senate in 2010 after an earlier stint that ended because of term limits.

People protesting in front of the nation's Capitol urge Congress to pass a fix for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program on December 6.

Now, as lawmakers attempt to hammer out another spending deal, Republicans again appear to have the votes to pass a bill without having to address the DACA issue. "We have plenty of time to do it".

"We are compelled to act immediately because many DACA recipients are about to lose or have already lost their permits in the wake of the program's rescission".

When President Donald Trump terminated DACA in September, he gave Congress until March 5 to come up with a legislative replacement that would codify legal status for the program's almost 800,000 beneficiaries.

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