Published: Thu, January 18, 2018
Entertaiment | By Paul Elliott

US House Republicans mull funding extension; 'Dreamer' deal not set

US House Republicans mull funding extension; 'Dreamer' deal not set

House Republican leaders presented their rank and file with a one-month spending bill Tuesday aimed at keeping the government open ahead of a Friday night deadline, as hopes for a deal on young undocumented immigrants faded.

Agreement on a spending bill has been complicated by a Democratic push to include a deal on the status of "Dreamers" - young adults brought to the country illegally as children.

"Now that we have met this challenge with the only game in town, with the only bill that is bipartisan and addresses these key elements, it is time for them to include it in any CR deal that is brought before us at this time", Durbin told reporters, referring to the short-term funding bill by its initials.

The spending plan being developed in the House would give Democrats an unrelated victory: a six-year reauthorization of the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP), according to lawmakers. It was unclear whether the House Republican leadership would get enough votes to pass the measure in that chamber.

A rare win by a Democrat in a northwestern Wisconsin Senate district Republicans have held since 2001 sent shockwaves through the state and national political world Wednesday.

Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said on Thursday that any immigration measure "will not be a part of any overall spending agreement". The media reports that Republicans will get blamed more in a shutdown, and that may be true, but the White House will control the circumstances of a shutdown.

The negotiating climate has become increasingly poisonous after a sudden halt last week in talks toward a deal to shield the Dreamers from deportation.

With McConnell reluctant to put forward a deal previously rejected by Trump, it is all but dead.

Still, Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer dismissed the Republican stopgap proposal as "a loser" that does not help veterans, opioid addicts and retirees or meet defense needs.

Mr Trump has denied using that word.


"It is hard to imagine", he says, "how any judge could come to the conclusion that the sitting president does not have the authority to discontinue a policy established by his predecessor, especially one that is constitutionally questionable as DACA is".

"In its current form I'm probably a no", Representative Michelle Lujan Grisham, a Democrat, said in an interview. "Republicans looking out for US citizens, taxpayers and troops in danger", Freedom Caucus member Rep. Scott DesJarlais wrote on Twitter.

"Typical. Democrats threaten to defund military, shut down fed gov't to grant citizenship to illegal aliens".

Dennise said she arrived from Mexico when she was five years old.

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.

Still, progressives say the risk to Democrats in conservative states is overblown, pointing out that polls show an overwhelming majority of Americans back a right to residency for undocumented migrants brought to the USA as children. Yet now the Democrats hope to use a looming January 20 government shutdown to force Republicans to give amnesty to almost 900,000 DACA recipients - without offering border enforcement provisions.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions said the ruling "defies both law and common sense", and said they're asking the justices to hear the case directly and skip over the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. There was a bipartisan plan on the table.

That changed in September when Trump announced he'd end, effective March 5, Obama's Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, which let hundreds of thousands avoid deportation and legally work. They want NO border security, no borders at all or enforcement.

"The Democrats want to shut down the Government over Amnesty for all and Border Security".

"(Schachtner's) message of building up our communities and bridging our differences clearly had an impact as we saw some of the best numbers Democrats have seen in this district in decades", Senate Minority Leader Jennifer Shilling, D-La Crosse, said in a statement late Tuesday.

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