Politics, Moderate



Don't blame 'Washington.' Blame the GOP.

Catherine Rampell on

Dysfunctional Washington refuses to work out its differences to solve problems that matter to Americans.

So say pundits and policy activists, perhaps hoping that diffuse criticism, rather than finger-pointing, will yield a government willing to govern.

But the problem isn't "Washington." It isn't "Congress," either. The problem is elected officials from a single political party: the GOP.

Republicans in the White House and Congress are the ones standing in the way of helping "dreamers." They are not merely obstructing gun reform but also rolling back existing gun-control measures.

You'd never know it from the usual "blame Washington" rhetoric, but there are lots of common-sense policy changes, on supposedly unsolvable issues, that large majorities of voters from both parties support.

These include protecting dreamers, the young undocumented immigrants brought here as children. In a recent Quinnipiac poll, 81 percent of Americans, including 68 percent of Republicans, said dreamers should be allowed to stay and eventually apply for citizenship. Other polls have had similar results.

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And yet, dreamers are scheduled to start losing their protected status in two weeks.

Who set this in motion? President Trump, a Republican.

And who has blocked a legislative fix? Republican lawmakers. Call it caving or call it compromise, but Democrats have repeatedly ceded ground on their immigration principles -- including by agreeing to fund a border wall.

The Senate held three votes last week to help dreamers. All three failed.


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