Published: Fri, January 19, 2018
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

Shutdown: Be careful what you wish for, Donald Trump

Shutdown: Be careful what you wish for, Donald Trump

House Republicans pushed through a bill to keep the government running for one more month Thursday evening, setting up a Friday showdown in the Senate where its prospects look uncertain at best.

House Democrats withheld their votes, saying the bill failed to include their spending priorities.

The bill would keep the government running past Friday's deadline for four more weeks, through February 16, but Democrats are likely to reject the measure without a fix for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, which President Donald Trump is ending this year.

Democrats are demanding help for "Dreamers", more than 700,000 immigrants who entered the U.S. illegally as children.

But in the last two days, several Senate Democrats who voted for government funding bills in December even though they didn't address DACA have said they would not do so again.

The White House press shop has since scrambled to insist the president supports the funding legislation, but in the meantime hardline House conservatives are dragging their feet and some Republican senators have said they're done with stopgap measures.

Another hurdle is what's taking place in the Senate, where legislation can be stopped if it doesn't have 60 votes.

The government is set to shut down at midnight Friday unless both chambers pass the bill and it is signed by the president.

President Donald Trump told reporters at the Pentagon Thursday that the worst results of a possible government shutdown would be the impact on the United States military, hoping to use the standing of the military to make it hard for Democrats to vote to shut down the government.


The president caused a minor muddle on Thursday morning when he tweeted: "CHIP should be part of a long term solution, not a 30 Day, or short term, extension!".

Both Democrats and Republicans are aiming to raise the caps on federal spending for the budget, but Republicans are advocating for an increase in defense spending, and Democrats want an equal increase in domestic expenditures, too, according to NY magazine. Conservatives want the House to vote on the immigration reform bill sponsored by Rep. 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. Trump then tweeted , that Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL), who was present at the meeting with Trump, "totally misrepresented what was said at the DACA meeting".

Many Democrats have said they want a deal on the fate of undocumented immigrants whose DACA status is due to expire in March before they support another spending bill. Those covered by CHIP are also in a state of crisis - Congress failed to reauthorize CHIP past year, leaving states running low on funding for the program.

The House is slated to vote on the funding bill Thursday. But even if they're right, Democrats can block it in the Senate.

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

In December, 17 Senate Democrats voted for the most recent continuing resolution, which also didn't include a fix for DACA.

We're just hours away from another possible government shutdown - and the same rules, the same politics, prevail.

Haiti is one of the countries Trump reportedly referred to as a "s***hole" and asked why the USA would want more people from there.

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