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Top Republican Says Democrats Are Holding Spending Deal Hostage Over Immigration

John Cornyn

John Cornyn

Photographer: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg

GOP Senator John Cornyn of Texas accused Democrats of holding “hostage” any agreement on a spending bill to prevent a government shutdown until they get assurances that young undocumented immigrants will be shielded from deportation.

Cornyn, the No. 2 Republican leader, said Monday he doubts lawmakers can resolve partisan differences before a Jan. 19 deadline.