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McConnell: DACA deal will be separate from spending bill

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Hours after President Trump met with a group of bipartisan House and Senate members to discuss immigration ahead of next week's government spending bill deadline, Republican Leader Mitch McConnell said any deal would be separate from efforts to fund the government.

Our thought bubble via Jonathan Swan: GOP leaders have been paralyzed by the fear of dividing their conferences on the Dreamer issue. Everything is up in the air at the moment. Nothing resolved today, little progress made.

Why it matters: Congress has until March 5 to find a DACA fix or risk putting Dreamers' protections in jeopardy. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said legislation must be tied to the spending bill, signaling that Democrats could force a government shutdown if it isn't.