House Conservatives almost derail tax bill in procedural vote

House Conservatives nearly derail tax bill in procedural vote

U.S. House of Representatives on Thursday passed a two-week stopgap spending bill one day before a deadline to avoid government shutdown.

Last week, the president invited the same group to the White House to discuss a bipartisan budget deal - but Schumer and Pelosi decided not to show.

In addition to a simple date change CR, this resolution provides for a change in the way that the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) emergency shortfall funds are distributed to states until December 31, 2017, so that no state's CHIP funding is depleted during the month of December. House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi staked out a hard line on Thursday and insisted that any year-end deal would include help for immigrants brought to the USA illegally as children.

Still, they may be willing to agree to the two-week bill if defense spending is dealt with separately in the next round of budget talks.

House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi says Democrats don't intend to vote for the measure because it doesn't include funding for their priorities.

Top Republicans delayed a planned House vote on a short-term budget bill Tuesday to give themselves time to quell party divisions and avert a partial government shutdown by the weekend.

"We're here in the spirit of 'let's get it done, '" Schumer said in the Oval Office on Thursday. He called keeping the government running "just basic governing".

Democrats have a rare bit of leverage in this situation.

The bill now heads to the Senate for a vote, which is subject to a 60-vote hurdle, and therefore needs Democrats to support it.

Democratic Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell also say they hope to come to an agreement. President Trump announced an end to the Obama-era policy called Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals as of March 2018.

The hope of many Democrats is to pass the DREAM Act, legislation that would establish a path to citizenship for such immigrants.

Members of the House Freedom Caucus, a group of roughly three dozen of the House's most conservative Republicans, initially withheld their votes on the motion, drawing a large huddle on the House floor.

Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said Thursday that the leadership was "receiving an update on our military by Secretary of Defence Jim Mattis". Chuck Schumer of NY and Rep. Nancy Pelosi of California, ticking off a roster of Democratic priorities, including domestic spending increases, funding for veterans and money to battle opioid abuse, immigration and health care.

Republicans have demands, too.

Democrats promise to us their leverage to insist on spending boosts for health care, infrastructure and other domestic programs that would match increases Republicans want for defense. Congressional leaders from both parties plan budget talks with President Donald Trump at the White House on Thursday. "The number one priority for our country is to make certain we protect this Constitution and our way of life, and we've got great bipartisan support". The White House has said Trump will sign it into law.

"The point is we're having the kind of family discussion that we need to have about how to proceed forward with a majority, and I'm confident we will have that", the Wisconsin Republican said.

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