There’s “so much hatred” on Capitol Hill that it’s getting in the way of reaching a compromise on border wall funding that’ll avoid another partial government shutdown, Sen. Rick Scott, R-Fla., said Sunday.
In an interview on NBC News’ “Meet The Press,” Scott said politics has to be taken out of the equation if there’s to be a deal by the Feb. 15 deadline.
“There's so much hatred up there right now and people aren't working together,” he lamented. “We've got to stop and say ‘let's act in the interest of the American public’ instead of ‘how do I win the next election.’”
Scott said he wants to do “a big deal” that’ll protect so-called Dreamers under Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and those covered by Temporary Protected Status (TPS).
“I want to thank [Florida GOP Sen.] Marco Rubio because I know he's been a big proponent of taking care of the Dreamers and trying to fix TPS and working on border security,” he said. “I think we need to look at all the provisions… and do a big deal.”
“People have to stop being actors and sit down and get something done. We shouldn't go in to a negotiation like [House Speaker] Nancy Pelosi [D-Calif.] did and say ‘there's going to be no money for a wall. ’ There has to be border security.”
“We have to have border security,” he added. From my standpoint… I want a permanent fix” on security, Dreamers and TPS.
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