Senate Considers Temporary Bill To Avoid Government Shutdown


Republican Senator Mike Rounds, who had earlier said he could not back the Bill in its current form, on Friday said in a statement that while the measure was "not ideal", he would support it after being assured that other legislation to adequately fund the USA military would be raised soon.

As the blame-game intensified over who was responsible for the impending shutdown, a Washington Post-ABC poll found that 48 per cent of Americans blamed Mr Trump and the Republican party for the possible shutdown, with only 28 per cent blaming Democrats.

Schumer pointed out that even McConnell said he does not know what the president wants in an immigration bill that would continue the Deferred Action on Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, that would protect immigrants brought here illegally as children.

The House passed a stopgap spending bill on Thursday night to, at the very least, keep the government up and running until February 16 - even if the measure doesn't include a fix for numerous issues that have delayed the passage of a spending bill in the first place, like a solution for Deferred Action of Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipients. The measure would also fund the low-income children's health insurance program, or CHIP, for six years and delay some taxes that are key sources of funding for Obamacare.

Disagreement over immigration, and other budgetary issues, means Friday's deadline is likely to go to the wire. "And so we've got to fix that", said Mark Meadows, Chairman of the House Freedom Caucus. "Last time I looked this was January", McConnell said.

Leahy says: "It's hard for anybody with a straight face to say, 'Republicans control the presidency, the House and the Senate". Lawmakers are also pushing for concessions on disaster aid for Puerto Rico and opioid treatment funding. If passed into law, the bill would fund the government until February 16, as well as authorize six years of funding for the Children's Health Insurance Plan, which provides health coverage for children from low-income families. Trump's budget director Mick Mulvaney said that there was a 50% likelihood of a shutdown.

"We can't keep kicking the can down the road", minority leader Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, said he has never voted in favor of a CR before.

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"They don't oppose anything in the bill, but they're opposing the bill", Mulvaney said.

"This is an irresponsible position to take as everything from pay for our military to processing social security checks will be affected".

"They're in charge", her said.

"We are strongest when we stick together - that will produce the best spending deal and the best DACA deal - one that has a chance of being enacted into law", he continued.

The federal government is running on its third temporary spending bill since fiscal year 2018 which began on October 1, last year.

However, the fight to get the bill through Congress is not over yet.

A group of senators from both parties managed to cobble together a bipartisan bill, but negotiations broke down after Trump and immigration hardliners in his administration started demanding more draconian measures, like billions of dollars in funding to build a wall along the southern border.