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Rep. Byrne: Funding Deal Takes Priority Over DACA Agreement

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By    |   Monday, 15 January 2018 02:46 PM

There won't likely be a deal on the Deferred Action on Childhood Arrivals program this week, but one isn't needed at this time, Rep. Bradley Byrne said Monday.

"What we need to do is our most important function and that is to fund the government," the Alabama Republican told CNN.

"The House passed our version of the appropriations bill and sent it over to the Senate in September of last year. Four months ago. The Senate has yet to act because Democrats are obstructing things over there."

A funding agreement must be reached, however, to ensure that the government is funded permanently for the rest of the fiscal year.

"Instead, we're having the defense and other important parts of the government being held hostage to a DACA deal we don't need until the beginning of March," Byrne said.

He added that he doesn't think there is any question that lawmakers will deal with the DACA issue, but it doesn't need to be done this week.

"We have men and women in uniform going all over the world to defend us and they're in harm's way because of the way we're handling our funding," said Byrne. "Let's stay focused on the most important thing, which is funding the government. Then we have plenty of time to deal with this whole Dreamers issue."

President Donald Trump has done a "great job" bringing lawmakers together for discussions, he continued, and the talks have been "constructive."

"Let's give it the time it takes to get it done right," Byrne said. "In the meantime, let's fund the government."

Byrne also said Monday that he's not sure that Trump made a vulgar remark about Haiti, El Salvador and African countries, but he thinks the whole issue is a distraction at a time when none is needed.

"We need to stay focused on funding the government, continuing the positive discussions about what we're going to do about immigration, and get the people's work done," said Byrne.

"This other stuff is an unneeded distraction that is keeping us from doing the essential work for the American people."

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There won't likely be a deal on the Deferred Action on Childhood Arrivals program this week, but one isn't needed at this time, Rep. Bradley Byrne said Monday.
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