House Speaker Paul Ryan (R., Wis.) on Thursday accused Senate Democrats of using the military as a “bargaining chip” in negotiations on an Obama-era program that protects young undocumented immigrants raised in the United States from deportation.
Ryan said Congress is nearing a deal to lift budget caps on defense spending, but blamed “partisan games” for encumbering talks.
“What’s so frustrating is our military is being used as a bargaining chip for completely unrelated items,” Ryan said at an event at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington.
“Right now, the defense budget is being held hostage for DACA, which is not a deadline that expires tomorrow,” he continued, referring to the controversial Deferred Action Childhood Arrivals program that expires in March.
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