Published: Thu, January 18, 2018
Hi-Tech | By Ellis Neal

Four fights Trump and Congress must resolve to avert government shutdown

Four fights Trump and Congress must resolve to avert government shutdown

Congress has been struggling for months to reach an agreement to fund the government, which is now operating on its third temporary funding extension since the 2018 fiscal year began on October 1.

For all the debate, lawmakers in both parties are frustrated by the controversy Trump repeatedly has sparked as they head into a week under threat of a government shutdown.

Under the 2011 Budget Control Act, increases in defense and non-defense spending are set in advance, and congressional action is required to raise those caps.

Thus, Democratic leaders should cultivate and advance viable, progressive candidates to take over the Senate and House in this year's mid-term elections.

She risked everything and brought her children into the United States illegally, they settled in Santa Barbara.

Rep. Mia Love, R-Utah, the first black female Republican in Congress and the daughter of Haitian immigrants, denounced Trump's comments as racist and called on him to apologize. Democrats are demanding that deportation protections for 800,000 young immigrants be included in any extension of government spending, with a January 19 shutdown deadline looming.

In other words, Congress will nearly certainly have to pass another short-term measure before January 19 to buy themselves more time.

But even that stop-gap measure could face opposition from far-right conservatives in the House.

President Donald Trump said Sunday that a program that protects immigrants who were brought to the US illegally as children is "probably dead", casting a cloud over already tenuous negotiations just days before a deadline on a government funding deal that Democrats have tied to immigration.

Earlier in the day, the White House released a report by the Department of Homeland Security and Department of Justice that concluded that three out of every four individuals convicted of worldwide terrorism-related charges were foreign born. Diaz-Balart was in the meeting where Trump reportedly used the words "sh-hole countries", but declined to discuss anything that was said in the meeting.

Jeff Flake, a Republican from Arizona who wasn't at the White House meeting but spoke immediately after to Durbin and Graham, said, "I was in a meeting directly afterwards where those who had presented to the president our proposal spoke about the meeting, and they said those words were used, before those words went public".

"DACA is probably dead because the Democrats don't really want it, they just want to talk and take desperately needed money away from our Military", he said on Twitter.

However, the Secretary of Homeland Security trusted that Congress members will reach an agreement on the legislation that protects about 800 000 young undocumented immigrants brought by their parents during childhood, who are known as "dreamers".

He did not blame Trump by name, but said there is "frustration overall" with Washington.

"The commander in chief in an Oval Office meeting referring to people from African countries and Haitians with the most vile and vulgar language, that language festers".

Senate Democratic Leader Charles Schumer has insisted on attaching a Dreamers compromise to the spending bill, saying it's the only viable path to getting it done.

"This has turned into a S-show", said Sen.

That leaves the two sides divided over substance as well as process.

Democrats have already made gains elsewhere, including picking up 15 seats in the Virginia state House in November, and in Alabama, where Doug Jones captured a U.S. Senate seat last month. Almost a third of beneficiaries are estimated to live in California. That means incumbent Democrats in need independent and moderate Republican voters wary of the party line on DACA. It's also about CHIP, community health centers, response to hurricanes. Funding for the program expired on September 30; Congress approved a short-term patch to prevent states from running out of cash, but it's not clear how long that money will last. "We are ready, willing and able to make a deal, but they don't want to". It buys us time.

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