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House GOP appears to have deal to avoid shutdown

GOP has jitters about midterms Axios: 'Probable' GOP Will Lose the House
Laurie Berry | 18 January, 2018, 18:49

Lawmakers are now faced with tight budget caps, agreed to in 2011, that limit how much they can spend for the rest of fiscal year 2018 and beyond.

An $81 billion disaster aid bill that passed in the House has stalled in the Senate, where leaders have been hoping to add it to other legislation such as the broader budget agreement.

Bottom line here: Republicans accuse Democrats of slow-walking talks on all of the above as they push for a DACA resolution. "I think this week would be fairly Herculean", said White House aide Marc Short.

House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., offered a similarly rosy assessment.

House Republicans appeared to grudgingly accept the prospect of a fourth short-term spending bill to keep the government open past Friday, raising doubts about Democrats' ability to protect those brought illegally to the United States as children before the end of the week.

In other words, Congress will nearly certainly have to pass another short-term measure before January 19 to buy themselves more time.

Asked if he could vote for the latest stop-gap bill.

Democrats, for their part, are loathe to support a spending bill that doesn't include a legislative fix to help the so-called Dreamers - the almost 800,000 undocumented immigrants who were brought to the United States as children. Republican Gov. Scott Walker, who is up for re-election to a third term in November, took note, posting on Twitter minutes after Schachtner's win calling it a "wake up call for Republicans in Wisconsin".

"This has turned into an s-show", said Sen.

The lack of progress and the acrimonious words Tuesday exposed the extent to which Trump's vulgar comments injected mistrust into already tense negotiations.

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On Capitol Hill, Democrats are being urged to let federal funding expire unless Republicans and President Donald Trump agree to extend the expiring Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.

Many Democrats are pushing to oust Trump even before 2020, citing the suspicion he colluded with Russian Federation to sway the last election. Kelly was to meet with the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, which opposed a bipartisan immigration deal floated last week because it would not provide a path to citizenship for parents of Dreamers.

But a more potentially embarrassing hurdle for Trump could emerge in the form of the primaries that determine presidential nominees. He accused Democrats of wanting to shut down the government over the immigration issue.

When the Senate approved a similar short-term spending bill in December, 17 Democrats plus ME independent Sen.

Randy Thomasson, founder and president of Save California.com, says he will miss Royce much more than Issa.

Then there are Democrats who scent a chance to stand firm on immigration to woo 2020 primary voters, who will pick who will duel an apparently weakened President for the White House. This is now a high-stakes game of chicken between two parties - one each side believes they have the upper hand in politically. But the Senate declined to take it up after concerns from Democrats that, among other issues, it did not go almost far enough to help Puerto Rico, where more than a third of the island remains without electricity. Roger Wicker said, "Just listening in lunch I see no way that anything's going to happen this week but a potential CR", or short-term spending bill to keep the government open. They also predicted the measure would include a long-delayed renewal of a popular health insurance program for children.

CHIP is a federal-state matching program that serves almost nine million children whose families would otherwise not be able to afford insurance. Congress must approve the measure by Friday night to prevent a shutdown.

President Donald Trump has spent the past few days using his Twitter account to blame Democrats for a potential impending shutdown, hyperbolically accusing them of favoring amnesty for all over the USA military.

It pays for health care for 9 million children from low-income families, and authorization for it expired October 1. There are 1,400 centers across the country, and they serve about 25 million Americans.

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