Washington Free Beacon reporter Elizabeth Harrington said Thursday that Congress is running out of time to strike a budget deal, since Democrats refuse to cooperate to avert a government shutdown.
Fox Business host Charles Payne asked Harrington whether Congress would work out a spending deal, and she said it would be difficult to do in eight days as long as Democrats take a hard line. She said Democrats are demanding a Dream Act for those protected under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, but despite a bipartisan meeting to address the matter on Tuesday, they have not been especially willing to move forward on border security.
"It is especially difficult when the Democrats are not willing to negotiate on anything," Harrington said. "They want the DREAM Act, they want DACA, in exchange for nothing on border security, the wall or anything."
"I don't think you will see a deal in eight days if that is how the Democrats are approaching it," she added.
Harrington also criticized Congress for resorting to continuing resolutions in the past, rather than passing a long-term budget. Payne mentioned Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (R., Wis.) may be likely to use the option again given the current stalemate.
"A lot of people are really tired of this," Harrington said. "We've seen it throughout the past, since Obama was president … continuing resolutions, constantly kicking the can down the road, not getting a long-term deal."