Democrats Just Admitted Their Goal is to Shutdown the Government

Carolyn Kaster  AP

The measure is created to give White House and congressional bargainers more time to work through disputes on immigration and the budget that they've tangled over for months.

Speaker of the House Paul Ryan announcing the passage of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act.

But then House conservatives led by Freedom Caucus chairman Mark Meadows doubled-down with more demands - including more defense money and a separate vote on a hard-line Republican-sponsored immigration bill - and things started to fall apart. Pingree said that negotiations have been complicated by President Trump's flip-flopping on key budget issues, including the re-authorization of the Children's Health Insurance Program.

House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) complained that Republicans had "squandered" three previous short-term extensions. Now Republicans are racing to approve Congress's fourth short-term spending bill since the fiscal year ended on September 30. It will take 60 votes to overcome delaying tactics of opponents, and an aide to GOP Senator Lindsey Graham of SC confirmed that the senator told reporters he won't vote for the stop-gap measure because it won't include an increase in defense spending. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., and Dick Durbin, D-Ill., to pair increased border security with new legal protections and a pathway to citizenship for the roughly 700,000 DACA participants who are in the country illegally after being brought here as children.

Prospects in the Senate are at best uncertain. McConnell, unlike, Ryan needs Democrats. "It is reckless. And it is wrong". "Now will Senator Schumer and the Senate Democrats do the right thing by the American people, or will they force a government shutdown?".

They also noted that Trump rejected a proposed bipartisan deal among a handful of senators that would have resolved the conflict over how to protect hundreds of thousands of young immigrants from deportation.

Former Sen. Tom Harkin (D) of Iowa, reflected on this Wednesday afternoon, after he left the ceremony for former Senate majority leader and GOP presidential nominee, Robert Dole of Kansas.

Trump himself weighed in from Pennsylvania, where he flew to help a Republican candidate in a special congressional election.

"We'll see what happens, it's up to the Democrats", Trump said.

If the measure stalls in the Senate, the next steps were murky.

Barring a last-minute immigration and spending pact between the two parties, lawmakers said a measure financing agencies for just several days was possible to build pressure on negotiators to craft a deal. Also imaginable: lawmakers working over the weekend with a shutdown underway - watched by a public that has demonstrated it has abhorred such standoffs in the past.

Schumer said Thursday morning that the House CR would not be acceptable to Senate Democrats. Charles Schumer will decide in the Senate if the federal government closes its doors Friday.

The CFTC would face the most direct impact, having to furlough 95 percent of its employees immediately. There Republicans need 60 votes to proceed on the four-week continuing resolution, which would only extend funding until February 16. The children's health programme serves almost 9 million low-income children, and some states have come close to exhausting their funds.

"This is like giving you a bowl of doggy doo, put a cherry on top and call it a chocolate sundae", Mrs. Pelosi said.

The Freedom Caucus also anxious that the short-term spending bill would give the Senate more time to continue working on passing a Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) illegal amnesty bill.

Trump ordered DACA to end in March and asked Congress to come up with a legislative fix.

The House is expected to vote as soon as Thursday on the short-term spending bill with the health insurance programme attached.

While that tradeoff seemed achievable, it was the immigration dispute that loomed as the biggest hurdle, and Democrats were trying to use the need to keep government financed as leverage. "Democrats have been negotiating in good faith ..."

John Cornyn, have resisted taking up the "Gang of Six" plan due to lack of White House support.



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