Published: Fri, January 19, 2018
World | By Paul Elliott

As shutdown deadline looms, Congress struggles to agree on stopgap budget

It means the government will be funded through to February 16, although the bill faces uncertain prospects in the Senate.

They are Maggie Hassan, N.H., Martin Heinrich, N.M., Tim Kaine, Va., Angus King, I-Maine, Patrick Leahy, Vt., Jeanne Shaheen, N.H., Jon Tester, Mont., Tom Udall, N.M., and Mark Warner, Va. All but six House Democrats voted against the month-long CR on Thursday, and nine Senate Democrats who provided crucial votes for the last CR say they won't back this one, meaning it doesn't have the votes to overcome the Senate's 60-vote threshold right now.

White House deputy press secretary Raj Shah offered an upbeat prediction earlier Thursday that the government would remain open, despite growing signs on Capitol Hill that GOP leaders did not have the votes for a short-term spending bill.

Republicans control all three branches of government, so it is not clear that they will be able to deflect blame on Democrats if the government does shut down. "That is a very basic and fundamental duty".

Democrats have insisted a long-term spending bill must include a measure covering the "Dreamers", who were protected from deportation under former President Barack Obama's Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. Republican leaders already appeared to lack enough votes to pass the bill without the support of Democrats. Republicans were all but daring Democrats to scuttle the bill and force a shutdown because of immigration, which they said would hurt Democratic senators seeking re-election in 10 states that Trump carried in 2016.

Ryan can count on some moderate Democrats to vote for the stopgap if the only other choice is a shutdown, giving his team a valuable cushion.

"Senator Schumer, do not shut down the federal government", said House Speaker Paul Ryan, adding, "It is risky". "We're 4 months into the fiscal year and this is our fourth continuing resolution", said House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-Md.).

"This CHIP should have been done in September", she told reporters.

And they point to his tweet earlier this morning that seemed to contradict the spending bill drafted by GOP leaders specifically to ensure that it would pass.

Senate Democrats also oppose the measure in part because of the immigration issue, the report said.

"We do not support perpetuating the current budgetary dysfunction that is hurting our country and our Commonwealth", Kaine and Warner said in a joint statement.

Congressional leaders hoped that adding CHIP to the spending bill would help avoid such a shutdown threat.

Morgan said he believes Evanston democrats appreciate Raoul standing up against Trump as a descendent of Haitian immigrants, but it ultimately will not sway anyone's opinion when the group votes to endorse candidates on Sunday.

Without the injection of new money, no matter how temporary, scores of federal agencies across the USA will be forced to shut starting at midnight Friday, when existing funds expire.

"This institution regrettably needs to be forced into action", said Rep. Carlos Curbelo (R-FL), who broke ranks with his party's leadership to vote against a stopgap budget, demanding immediate action on DACA. The idea is to put pressure on negotiators to then cut deals on immigration, defense spending and non-defense funding by next week.

We turn next to the countdown to a possible government shutdown tomorrow.

Republicans inserted the measure in a move to lure Democratic support.

House Republicans also faced opposition from within their own party.

"We'll see what happens, it's up to the Democrats", Trump said. Democrats say the president is unpredictable. In a Wednesday phone call with reporters, Brown said he liked the CHIP extension in the House bill and hoped it would include DACA and pension reforms.

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) refused to comment during a Thursday morning interview with CNN on whether or not President Donald Trump described countries like Haiti, El Salvador and several African nations as "shithole countries" during a meeting last week, saying he wants to ensure he can keep the lines of communication with Trump open.

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