Published: Wed, January 17, 2018
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

Only the GOP can prevent a government shutdown

Only the GOP can prevent a government shutdown

Just two weeks ago, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., seemed confident Democrats and Republicans could work together on spending.

"The goal is to put the Congress of the United States on record that we don't approve of racism", Rep. Jerrold Nadler, New York Democrat and one of the leaders of the censure movement, said on CNN.

No budget talks were held over the long weekend after the breakdown in negotiations last week, people familiar with the talks said.

Funding is set to run out on January 19 at midnight if lawmakers don't come to an agreement.

Republicans have to worry about themselves at the same time they are trying to figure out the path forward with Democrats. "The Democrats want to shut down the Government over Amnesty for all and Border Security", he wrote.

Once all of the temporary protected status backlogs are cleared, visas would be allocated to immigrants from priority counties in accordance to the new merit-based system, according to the highlights.

The conservative House Freedom Caucus decides to vote against a short-term spending deal.

Democrats want to use the next attempt to keep government operations funded as a vehicle for other bills to provide disaster-relief funds, shore up Obamacare, extend the Children's Health Insurance Program, and protect young immigrants brought to the US illegally as children.

"If the Democrats think a socialist or a liberal professor from MA are a path to victory, we're happy to help them highlight that, because we don't think that is in-tune with the vast majority of Americans", a Republican National Committee spokeswoman told Politico.

"The GOP strategy seeks to force Senate Democratic leader Charles Schumer of NY to decide whether this is the moment to force a showdown on immigration that results in a partial government shutdown in an election year", Bloomberg reported.

Republicans' slim 51-49 Senate majority means they need at least nine Democratic votes to pass a spending bill. It's one of the few points of leverage Democrats have to win concessions in that contentious immigration fight.


But the politicking over who is to blame for a government shutdown is already well underway. "Trump invited the lawmakers to visit with him at noon, the people familiar with the call said". "None of us even should be representing the good states that we represent, such as West Virginia and Colorado and Arkansas, if we allow that to happen".

First, I suggested that a topic that deserves far more attention than it's getting is the subject of "the report issued last week by Senator Benjamin Cardin of Maryland". He said he planned to discuss their concerns with Republican leaders.

Rep. Carlos Curbelo, R-Fla., who faces a competitive re-election this fall in a district that is heavily Latino, said he won't vote to extend government spending authority if there isn't an indication that an immigration deal is near. "We are in Congress and, regrettably, Congress is an institution that only acts when it's forced to".

An added complication is that House GOP defense hawks are not yet sold on the idea of another stopgap. But he said he doubts there will ultimately be a shutdown.

"We don't want to shut down the government.We want to keep the government open", Hoyer, a Maryland Democrat, told reporters.

After a sense of optimism last Wednesday that Republican and Democratic leaders were close to an agreement on the caps, the atmosphere in the talks deteriorated over the issue of Dreamers. The proposal, presented by Sens.

"Ten Democratic senators are on the ballot this November in states that are heavily white, have little sympathy for undocumented immigrants and that Mr. Trump won".

The furor over the president's reported remarks about why the US accepts immigrants from "shithole countries" like Haiti, El Salvador and African nationsrather than places like Norway, has hardened positions on both sides.

While a spokesperson for the White House did not deny the vulgar comment was made, Trump pushed back in a tweet Friday, saying, "The language used by me at the DACA meeting was tough, but this was not the language used". And the White House director of legislative affairs, Marc Short, told reporters there was "no artificial timeline" for a deal on so-called Dreamers and that it would be "herculean" to get it done by this week. "Durbin blew DACA and is hurting our Military".

"This has turned into an s-show", said Sen. "I will say I don't think the president was well-served by his staff", Graham said.

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