With the release of the Meuller report, and the drumbeat for "impeach", there are some pearl-clutchers who think the Democrats in the House should instead focus on getting legislation passed (as if they can only do one or the other). That makes the very naive and/or uninformed assumption that they haven't.
The most recent one - passed yesterday - is the "Dream and Promise Act
", which included seven Republicans crossing the aisle to vote for it:
The Dream and Promise Act hopes to implement several key reforms for DACA recipients, immigrants with temporary protected status, and Deferred Enforced Departure recipients from Liberia.
Under the plan, immigrants benefiting from temporary protected status or Deferred Enforcement Departure could immediately apply for green cards as long as they have been in the US since 2016. After five years with a green card, they could then apply for US citizenship.
For the DACA recipients, who came to the US illegally while they were minors, the process would include first applying for conditional permanent residency. The requirements for that entail entering the US before the age of 18 and having been stateside for the past four years, having no felony criminal record or a combination of three misdemeanors that resulted in more than 90 days of jail time, and having a high-school diploma or GED.
DACA recipients would also be afforded a pathway to citizenship through eventually applying for a green card or in other ways, including military service.
That is just the latest. There are a ton of other bills
passed in House for this Congress (151 as of this writing)
. They include:
And these are just the highlights
from the first 30 days. Of course, like every bill passed in the House by the Democrats, they hit a stone wall with Mitch McConnell. That's no reason to just stop passing legislation, or to stop impeachment proceedings. Make McConnell have to go on record as the obstructionist he is.