Shutdown looms as Republicans seek short-term spending deal for government

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Shutdown looms as Republicans seek short-term spending deal for government

Republican lawmakers responded by drafting a compromise bill that would "keep the government open for one month, repeal several taxes, and renew the Children's Health Insurance Program (Chip) for six years", The Guardian says.

Another concern is the hardline conservative House Freedom Caucus, who were turned off by the continuous use of these resolutions and want to decrease spending.

Ryan is gambling that enough Democrats in the Senate will go along.

President Donald Trump, for his part, has blamed Democrats for the possibility of a shutdown. House GOP leaders overcame the obstacle but aren't so sure they can produce the votes now.

Even among Republicans there was "grumbling", Rep. Mike Simpson (R-Idaho) said.

The latest Republican proposal would fund the government for 30 days and would include incentives for both sides to lend their support as the House leadership eyes a Thursday vote.

Meadows said he would like to see tighter caps on non-defense spending, funding for military pay raises and maintenance and greater clarity on how the House will address immigration before committing to vote for the bill. Republicans are hoping the money for children will pressure some Democrats to back the overall bill.

Sanders said, "I think I speak for the vast majority of members of the Democratic caucus, we're not going to desert these young people". "Cool heads hopefully will prevail". He added that Democrats "will do everything we can" to avoid a shutdown.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions said the ruling "defies both law and common sense", and said they're asking the justices to hear the case directly and skip over the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

Meanwhile, the bipartisan group of senators continued work to build support for a plan to protect the "Dreamers" and toughen border security, including funds to start building Trump's long-promised border wall. Democrats and some Republicans looking to extend those protections have threatened not to vote to keep the government open unless a DACA deal is reached by Friday.

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But Democrats would still be left with a hard political decision: withhold their votes unless the plight of such immigrants, known as Dreamers, is addressed and risk a government shutdown, or vote to keep the government open and fund the Children's Health Insurance Program, which provides coverage for almost nine million children.

"He's given lots of room to members to make decisions", said Durbin, adding that he's seeing signs that more red-state Democrats are leaning toward voting against the stop-gap. "You know, we could do the same thing on immigration". Bob Goodlatte, R-Va., and Mark Meadows, R-N.C., according to Trump's legislative affairs director, Marc Short.

"I am undocumented, I am a DACA holder, and each day that passes by a lot of young undocumented lose their DACA and are put at risk", said a 23-year-old college student who identified herself as Dennise, one of those arrested in NY. They also are considering attaching legislation that would reauthorize the Children's Health Insurance Program, the person said.

House Republican leaders are scheduled to discuss their plans for a stopgap spending measure with rank-and-file lawmakers this evening. He called attaching a delay to the Affordable Care Act's tax provisions a "gimmick".

There were some signs that leaders were at least entertaining some changes to the bill to get the votes. That includes Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota, Bob Casey of Pennsylvania and Joe Donnelly of Indiana.

"So Democrats are now threatening to shut down the government if they don't get amnesty for millions of illegal immigrants".

"It's the opposite of what I campaigned for", said Mr. Trump, calling the proposal "horrible" and "very, very weak".

"What we are tying to do is just get a schedule of meetings", said Sen. The overall measure would fund the government through February 16 and was well received by most GOP lawmakers when Ryan proposed it Tuesday.

After blocking the doors to the building, an activist was arrested by the NYPD during a rally for the passage of a "clean" DREAM Act outside Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer's New York City Office on January 17, 2018.

"What's the plan? When are we going to deal with immigration?"

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