US House seems set vote to avert shutdown, Senate chances dim

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

Unlike in the House, where Republicans could pass the bill with GOP votes alone, McConnell needs Democrats to pass the bill out of the Senate - as many as more than a dozen depending on GOP no votes or absences.Many Democrats have come out in recent days saying they'd vote "no" with more leaning that way and only one saying that he'd back the proposal.

At least some Democratic votes are needed to pass the budget measure ahead of the Friday midnight deadline.

Graham has said he won't vote for the spending bill without action on immigration that addresses the plight of "Dreamers" - undocumented immigrants brought to the country as children and formerly protected from deportation under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.

The short-term spending bill would keep the government open through February 16 while extending the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) for six years and rolling back several taxes in the Affordable Care Act.

GOP leaders also agreed to try to build support for a conservative immigration bill written by four House Republicans but didn't commit to a floor vote, another House GOP aide said. Tim Kaine and Mark Warner, announced Thursday morning they would oppose the funding measure.

House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., pointed to military spending as a reason to blame Democrats.

"Senator Schumer, do not shut down the federal government".

Last week the House voted 256-164 to renew this vital program with an unwieldy moniker: Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Amendments Act. Jon Tester (D-MT) told reporters, promising to vote against the bill.

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Trump complicated matters Thursday with an early morning tweet calling on lawmakers to fund a children's health insurance program as part of a long-term package, not in the stop-gap funding bill. Some Republicans voted against the resolution protesting the constant short-term funding process that makes it hard for the Department of Defense to budget long term. Although the Republicans claim they want to get more time to work out a budget, "every Democrat voted [earlier] to extend the fiscal year by 90 days, and nothing was worked out". Catherine Cortez Masto of Nevada tweeted Thursday night.

"A government shutdown will be devastating to our military.something the Dems care very little about!" he tweeted. Keep the government open, fund CHIP. "It doesn't include an increase in military funding that members from both sides of the aisle would support". Almost all were recalled one week into the shutdown after the Defense Department implemented the Pay Our Military Act, which had recently been passed by Congress. LOANS: The processing of mortgages and other loans was delayed when lenders could not access government services such as income and Social Security number verification. Frank Pallone (D-N.J.). "This bill lets many things important for the health of the American people, not only community health centers, not only Medicare extenders, [but also] the Special Diabetes Program, teaching health centers, the National Health Service Corps, and safety-net hospitals". "Late in the morning", Cornyn said, but the Texas Republican also said there was no plan in place for avoiding a government shutdown if the vote to cut off debate can not pass.

Participants at the meeting with Kelly quoted the retired general and former head of the Department of Homeland Security as saying Trump was not "fully informed" when he made the wall promise. "He does not want a shutdown".

The president fired back at Democrats during a trip to Coraopolis, Pennsylvania, arguing they're pushing for a shutdown to distract voters from the GOP's tax cuts.

While reluctant to pass yet another short-term continuing resolution - the fourth in just months - many rank-and-file members seemed mostly resigned Wednesday to the fact that it was the only option, even if they were not happy about it.

"When I was in congress we actually came close to shutting down the government a couple of times", Walsh said.

Even before the pivotal votes, Republicans were all but daring Democrats to scuttle the bill and force a shutdown because of immigration.

"You can do anything you want", said Rep.

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