Wednesday, 17 October, 2018

US House, Senate in scramble as government shutdown looms

Geysers yes Ellis Island no Some US parks open some not Congress Likely Racing Toward a Government Shutdown
Freda Brock | 20 January, 2018, 05:13

"If Democrats vote in insufficient numbers for the short-term funding bill, and the government shuts down, the culprit will be easy to identify", Greg Sargent of The Washington Post wrote on Friday morning. Sixty votes will be needed to advance the bill. "Get smart, MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN!" "I guess it could", said Representative Mark Walker, the chair of the conservative Republican Study Committee.

All of this torpedoes the White House's jumbled attempt to blame Democrats for the fate of federal government, even though Republicans today control the federal government.

Congress is now only hours away before the government could shut down. "Let's fund the government for a full month so we can actually get something done" and negotiate other issues including immigration, he said.

Any losses this early in the year could be regained later, Bovino said.

On Friday evening, Trump also spoke by phone to House Speaker Paul Ryan, according to a source familiar. "The discussions will continue", he said at the Capitol.

Trump said the meeting was "excellent" and that efforts were continuing. That would be an indication the government is open, even if he signs the actual bill at a later time.

"I think it's ratcheted up". Here's what he said then about threatening a government shutdown: 'No matter how strongly one feels about an issue, you shouldn't hold millions of people hostage... that's wrong.' A few days later he added: 'It's sort of like this.

Washington, D.C. The Capitol is seen at sunrise, in Washington on October 10, 2017. Other polls have been slightly more favorable for the Democrats.

Democrats are already seizing on the optics, accusing the president of abdicating his responsibilities as Congress scrambles to meet a midnight deadline to pass a stopgap funding measure.

"The President is actively working right now to prevent a shutdown", Mulvaney said, though he declined to say which lawmakers Trump spoke with on Friday.

But Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer said on Wednesday that there was "revulsion" among his colleagues for the stopgap proposal in the House and that an "overwhelming number" would not support it.

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Democrats quickly noted that Republicans control the House, the Senate, and the White House and yet have failed to come up with a budget agreement that can pass Congress and win the president's signature.

Senate Democrats are also caught in a tough spot. Republicans want an increase in military spending and funds for the border wall.

With mid-term elections looming later this year, Democrats and Republicans both risk being blamed by voters if the government grinds to a halt over lack of funds. House Speaker Paul Ryan immediately summoned reporters to try to pin the blame on top Senate Democrat Chuck Schumer of NY.

But not everyone is on board. "We don't want this". So how is it logical to go from a 30 day CR to a 10 day CR or a 4 day CR? Tom Cotton said. "I support what the House passed yesterday".

If the Republican-led measure fails, Democrats will gain greater leverage to insist on a funding compromise that includes protection from deportation for the so-called "Dreamers", the estimated 700,000 immigrants brought to the United States illegally as children. And protestors descended on a Senate office building, demanding the Republicans agree to an immigration bill. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., in Los Angeles on January 3, 2018.

In September, Mr Trump announced he was ending the programme and allowing Congress until March to come up with a replacement. But last week, he rejected a bipartisan Senate deal, saying it did not do enough to stop illegal immigration and close a visa lottery program. Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi had urged her caucus to vote against the bill.

And yet in another tweet, Trump criticized the Republican short-term funding measure, opposing a sweetener meant to make it hard for Democrats to vote against it.

The plans serve in part as a threat to Democrats, who have grown increasingly willing to keep McConnell from the 60 votes he would need to pass a short-term funding bill and avoid a shutdown. "You do, I do, most Americans do when they test their assumptions against the arguments of others", Senator John Kennedy, a Republican from Louisiana said on CNN on Friday.

Trump was set to leave Friday afternoon and planned to celebrate the one-year anniversary of his inauguration at Mar-a-Lago.

It costs more to shut down the government than to keep it running. "#Dreamers belong here. I will vote NO on this spending bill because it does not put them on a pathway to citizenship", Sen.

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