This OTYCD entry originally appeared in January 2018.
Learn which members of Congress failed to vote ‘no’ on the 2017 Continuing Resolution (CR) vote without also voting for a clean ‘Dream’ Act, aka a resolution on the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA).
Congress needed to pass a CR to keep the government funded (really, it’s a vote to pay bills that we’ve already accrued) for a set period of time. As the GOP tax bill raged on, the Republicans agreed to a two-week CR, and on December 21, they voted for a new CR to keep things humming along until January 19, 2018.
The CR included six months of funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), which had expired on September 30, 2017. It did NOT include any help for people affected by DACA, aka the Dreamers.
Supporters of the Dream Act want its passage to be ‘clean,’ which means it is simply passed without other unrelated stuff being attached to it. They wanted Democrats to use their leverage over the CR vote to force their Republican colleagues to pass the Dream Act, too.
Our friends at Indivisible have kept the spotlight on the plight of the Dreamers, and have consistently pushed for passage of a clean Dream Act. After the December 21 Congressional vote, they put up a website, the Dreamer Pledge, that laid out who supported tying the CR to a clean Dream act.
‘Dream Heroes’ are those who favored passing a CR with a clean Dream Act. Check this link and see which of your MoCs are here, and hit the button to get the appropriate call script:
‘Dream Killers’ are those who have not agreed to vote no on a CR that lacks a clean Dream Act. Again, see which of your MoCs are here, and hit the button to get the appropriate call script:
Also see the Dreamer Pledge home page:
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Read about the CR passed on December 21:
Read about the CR’s inclusion of a stopgap measure for CHIP: