Over to Senate as House passes stopgap measure

U.S. President Donald Trump departs following a Congressional Gold Medal ceremony for former Senator Bob Dole at the U.S. Capitol in Washing

U.S. President Donald Trump departs following a Congressional Gold Medal ceremony for former Senator Bob Dole at the U.S. Capitol in Washing

Republicans controlling the narrowly-divided chamber took up the fight, arguing that Democrats were holding the government hostage over demands to protect "Dreamer" immigrants brought to the country illegally as children.

The House of Representatives passed a short-term spending bill Thursday night to fund the government through mid-February.

The White House said Friday morning that President Trump will stick around the capital until the Senate votes on a spending bill instead of jetting off to a ritzy $100,000-a-couple fundraiser at Mar-a- Lago. The motion will now go to the Senate.

A last-ditch battle to avert a looming USA government shutdown moved to the senate on Friday, where Democrats angered by the collapse of immigration talks have vowed to block a stop-gap funding bill.

Shortly before the House vote, the Freedom Caucus said a majority of its members would vote to support a stopgap spending measure, a key sign that holdout conservatives who had been undecided earlier had come on board.

According to caucus chair Mark Meadows, Ryan promised them a vote on a conservative immigration bill that stands little chance of passing the House, much less the Senate, a separate vote on extra funding for defense at a later date, and other "subplots".

In order to convince Democratic lawmakers to back their budget bill, Republicans are offering a six-year extension of the Children's Health Insurance Program (Chip), which benefits lower-income families. Reporter: They're demanding any deal including action to protect d.r.e.a.m.ers, those almost 800,000 undocumented immigrants brought to the U.S. As children. But the bill must now pass through the Senate where it is likely to face heavy opposition.

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The White House isn't immediately responding to questions about the tweet. U.S. Department of the Interior spokeswoman Heather Swift said that if a shutdown occurs, the department would allow "limited access wherever possible" to national parks, adding that war memorials and open-air parks in Washington, D.C., would remain open to the public.

A shutdown would be the first since 2013, when tea party Republicans - in a strategy not unlike the one Schumer is employing now - sought to use a must-pass funding bill to try to force then-President Barack into delaying implementation of his marquee health care law. "Unlike nearly any president or administration before him, Trump has fanned the flames of a shutdown", The Washington Post says, and Trump's "evolving demands" on immigration "have created a moving target for Republicans, as they try to force concessions from Democrats".

This topic has been at the center of a heated partisan debate over a government funding proposal.

Schumer said Thursday morning that the House CR would not be acceptable to Senate Democrats.

Congress is now only hours away before the government could shut down.

The two parties are blaming each other for the impending shutdown, with no clear solution in sight. The president wrote, "Sadly, Democrats want to stop paying our troops and government workers in order to give a sweetheart deal, not a fair deal, for DACA".

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