"Government Funding Bill past last night in the House of Representatives, "Trump wrote".
The bill faced an uphill battle in the Senate where Democrats were demanding that the continuing resolution should also contain an unrelated measure that would protect immigrants who were smuggled into the country as children from deportation. Faced with an empty legal threat from Republican state lawmakers several months later, he announced he would end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.
But most Senate Democrats and some Republicans were expected to oppose the measure when it reaches that chamber later Thursday.
The government shuts down without a new funding measure signed into law by midnight on January 19. Congress approved a continuing resolution in September, with two more in December.
Speaking for Democrats, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, Calif., signaled the gravity of the situation by speaking in the present tense about a shutdown as if one was already happening. How - we've been talking about how the chances have gone up and down of a shutdown all day today. In a CBS News poll on Thursday, 90 percent of respondents back allowing DREAMers to stay in the USA, but only 46 percent of those respondents think it's worth shutting down the government to protect them.
The GOP plan in the House, Cornyn responded with a tweet of his own, "has a six-year extension of CHIP, not a 30 day extension". Those talks were roiled last week by Trump's comments questioning the need for immigration for "shithole countries" in Africa. They were asking for more assurances from the speaker that they would be able to vote on big-picture questions about military spending and immigration.
Funding CHIP for six years is a "step in the right direction", said Fort Worth Rep. Marc Veasey, a Democrat who said he's likely to vote "no" on the measure.
Trump worked the phones Thursday, talking to GOP leaders and calling into the House Freedom Caucus' afternoon meeting from Air Force One.
The group's leader, Representative Mark Meadows, said on Thursday there was not yet enough support among conservatives for the short-term funding measure. "Now, I'm not saying they won't have the votes...." Three Republican senators have said they would vote against the bill: Mike Rounds (S.D.), Rand Paul (Ky.) and Lindsey Graham (S.C.). Trump's historically poor popularity and a string of Democratic special election victories have fueled that party's hopes of capturing control of the House and perhaps the Senate.
But the bill's prospects in the Senate remain gloomy.
South Carolina Republican Sen.
He says he's struck a deal with House Speaker Paul Ryan that would bolster military spending and allow a future vote on a conservative immigration bill. "So there's very, very strong support not to go along with their deal".
Lindsey Graham, a Republican from SC threatened to vote against a short-term spending bill, as did Rand Paul of Kentucky.
"If we have to, yes", she said. We know our borders need to be made secure.
Congressional Democrats, and some Republicans, wanted to see a legislative fix to that program in this spending measure, and many have said they'll oppose it without one.
"If liberals in the Senate would rather play political games and shut down the government instead of making a small down payment on fiscal discipline and reform, I say: Shut it down", he said at a March 31, 2011, rally as Tea Partyers around him shouted, "Cut it or shut it!" "You're destroying the military here", Sen.