Jeff Flake sides openly with Democrats on DACA, shutdown

Jeff Flake sides openly with Democrats on DACA, shutdown
Jeff Flake (Image: YouTube screen grab via PBS NewsHour)

[Ed. – Jeff Flake: for when you’ve just got to cut off their pay to the troops on the front lines, so Trump can’t get a better deal on immigration and border security.]

After a marathon session Thursday night, Flake emerged from the Senate chamber frustrated with his Republican colleagues, in particular Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY). After listening to McConnell and his Democratic counterpart, Chuck Schumer (D-NY), trade barbs over a stopgap spending bill to fund the government through Friday, Flake had decided it was better to side with Schumer and the Democrats on a key dispute over government funding.

In an interview late Thursday night, an exasperated Flake—who is not running for re-election this year—pinned the blame entirely on McConnell and Trump.

“We’re not going to get any better, particularly on the [immigration] issue, by waiting three weeks,” Flake told The Daily Beast. …

He told reporters that he would vote against a GOP-led measure to advance the House-passed spending bill, which would keep the government’s lights on for four more weeks.

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