House Republicans mull funding extension to avert shutdown; 'Dreamer' deal not set


Not only does it include funding the government, it also extends CHIP for six years with no pay-fors Democrats hate.

Democrats have generally support previous stopgap measures, but Schumer said Wednesday that an "overwhelming number" of Senate Democrats "don't like this deal and they believe if we kick the can down the road this time, we'll be back where we started". "They need to work with us to help figure that out". As The Associated Press notes, "Democrats appeared to see scant reason to bargain with a president many in their party view as holding racist views on immigration".

Congress must act by midnight Friday or the government will begin immediately locking its doors. Partisan finger-pointing over immigration policy on Tuesday left Congress and the White House stumbling closer to a possible federal government shutdown by the end of the week.

"Why would they filibuster government funding and shut down vital programs for Americans because we have not yet agreed on the best way to settle an unrelated issue?" Trump - along with congressional Republicans - has demanded border security, including money for the President's promised border wall, be a part of any immigration deal that addresses DACA, though what that means exactly hasn't been specified.

Democrats are fighting for a permanent solution for DACA recipients and want to tie it to a larger negotiation over government funding.

Booker on Tuesday ripped into Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen during a heated committee hearing, after Nielsen denied hearing Trump say the words "shithole" or "shithouse" in a White House meeting last week. I didn't think, as recently as 24 hours ago, Democrats as a party were ready to take that stand.

In other words: "It's a nasty "no" vote for them", one GOP aide said last night.

Ohio Republican Sen. Rob Portman spoke in favor of its passage on the Senate floor. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., and Dick Durbin, D-Ill., to pair increased border security with new legal protections and a pathway to citizenship for the roughly 700,000 immigrants who are in the country illegally after being brought here as children.

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Uh, Donald...repeat after me..."Republicans control both houses of Congress and the White House".

If the funding fight is not resolved and the government goes into shutdown mode over the weekend, there is expected to be fierce jockeying among Republicans and Democrats over assigning blame.

The House voted by a near party-line 230-197 vote to approve the legislation, which would keep agency doors open and hundreds of thousands of federal employees at work through February 16. If House Republicans can't get their own spending bill across the finish line, a whole new world of negotiating possibilities could open up.

A bloc of conservatives had threatened to hold up the proceedings in the House, saying they were fed up with the stopgap nature of Congress's funding process and that they wanted more assurances on funding for the nation's military.

But there were several ways the bill could still be derailed, including whether House leaders added enough sweeteners to attract Republican support.

Democratic votes would be needed for any budget extension, as 60 votes are required to get around any filibuster. Seven of those Democrats face re-election in November in states Trump won - including West Virginia, North Dakota and Montana, which have small numbers of minority voters.

Yes, many federal institutions will be closed and hundreds of thousands of employees will be furloughed, but not everything is completely closed and the lights stay on at the Capital. They are doing nothing to fix DACA.