While you were sleeping, the federal government restarted to install updates, apparently. Unlike the shutdown earlier this month, however, the government was back up and running before dawn and includes a two-year budget. The reason for the shutdown? Governing is not working so well. Senator Rand Paul criticized Congress for a lack of budgetary responsibility, saying of fellow Republicans who regularly tout fiscal conservatism, “The hypocrisy hangs in the air and chokes anyone with a sense of decency or intellectual honesty.” His words, not ours. But DACA remained unaddressed. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer gave up on the DREAMers early this week, striking a budget deal without a DREAM Act. This prompted House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi to launch an 8-hour filibuster-style speech on Wednesday, pleading with colleagues to protect them—even though there is no such thing as a filibuster in the House. (And we’re down with Pelosi making up new rules to speak up for DREAMers). As we approach President Trump’s arbitrary and unnecessary deadline of March 5 for DACA to expire, House Speaker Paul Ryan and Senator Majority Leader Mitch McConnell have thus far refused to allow a vote within normal rules to restore the policy.

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