House Republican leaders are pressing ahead with a plan to avoid a shutdown by temporarily funding the government for four more weeks but shutting out Democrats and their demands for a deal on immigration.
Ryan added a six-year extension of the popular Children's Health Insurance Program to lure Democratic votes, and included military spending and delays on taxes on high-end health insurance, medical devices and health insurance providers to entice conservatives.
"There is no reason why Congress should hold government funding hostage over the issues of illegal immigration", said Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, who said a resolution on DACA could wait until February or March. A week ago Tuesday, he was animated at a televised meeting on immigration and seemed open to the bipartisan proposal, which would allow a large group of young people affected by the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program to stay in the U.S. in return for more funding for border security and other immigration reforms.
"We'll be taking it up as soon as it comes over from the House", McConnell said.
Republican leaders have repeatedly pointed to a group newly formed last week - one comprised of the second-ranked leaders in both chambers (Durbin and Republican Whip John Cornyn of Texas in the Senate, Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy of California and Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer of Maryland in the House) as their preferred mechanism for a deal.
"We're going to be bringing it to the floor this week".
On the Senate side, Democrats have more leverage, because nine of their votes are needed to pass the continuing resolution. "We don't know whether the House will send us the bill, but the revulsion towards the bill was broad and strong". Vulnerable Democratic senators running for reelection in red states that Trump won - like Indiana, Missouri and West Virginia - may find it particularly challenging to vote against health care for kids atop the possibility of having to justify a government shutdown to their voters.
"Lost amid all of the coverage of "****hole" coming out of last week's meeting at the White House is the fact that when President Donald Trump scuttled the bipartisan deal built by the Gang of Six there was no plan waiting in the wings to replace it.
If a temporary "continuing resolution" to keep the government operating results, it would be the fourth such measure since the 2018 federal fiscal year began on October 1, a sign of Washington's serious struggles to pass spending legislation.
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The government will shut down if Congress is unable to pass a funding measure by Friday, but Democrats are confident Republicans will bear the wrath of voters if that happens.
But it was the Justice Department that announced in September that DACA would be canceled in March, creating a six-month window for Congress to write legislation protecting immigrants who were brought to the USA illegally as children or allow them to face deportation.
"We have to fund our government and the Children's Health Insurance Program is a big deal", Barton said.
"I think cool heads hopefully will prevail on this".
"That's his concession to their position", Cotton said about the president's position on DACA.
"Democrats are not going to give us what we want on defense and leave the DACA kids hanging until March 4", Graham said.
The House Freedom Caucus isn't making it easy for Republican leaders to keep the government funded.
In other words: "It's a nasty "no" vote for them", one GOP aide said last night.
"Specifically, one of the areas that really, really fell short was the funding for border security", Sanders said.
"Until further notice. the DACA policy will be operated on the terms in place before it was rescinded" by Trump, a spokesperson for U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services said Tuesday. Until then, it has been communicated, sources tell CNN, that weighing in with a definitive yes-or-no answer on how they'd vote on a government funding bill isn't helpful or productive.