House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., claimed Monday the decision by Democrats to accept a deal proposed by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., Monday does not lessen the leverage held by congressional Democrats in future negotiations.
"While today’s vote ends the Trump Shutdown, it does not diminish our leverage," Pelosi said in a "Dear Democratic Colleague" note to her caucus members. "While Members may vote differently on this bill, we are unified in our determination to meet the needs of the American people with our Better Deal: Better Jobs, Better Wages, Better Future."
The claim comes hours after Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., accepted McConnell's deal, which funds the government until Feb. 8 and includes a six-year reauthorization of the Children's Health Insurance Program.
The deal has drawn the ire of many progressives and members who were insisting that a legislative fix for Dreamers be attached to the must-pass spending bill.
"It's a great disappointment to me," Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., said after the vote on cloture Monday afternoon. "It's a great disappointment to the more than 300,000 young people in the state of California ... I'm just very disappointed."
Nonetheless, Pelosi said Monday Republicans are still the obstructionists and don't want to agree to an immigration fix as negotiators work towards a deal.
"As we debate a budget that is a reflection of our values to meet the needs of the American people, we are also acting upon our values in support of the DREAMers," Pelosi said. "We continue to propose bipartisan solutions – the Republicans refuse to take yes for an answer."
The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program expires on March 5.