House Republicans just released their plan to avoid a disastrous government shutdown

Poll Far more Republicans than Democrats say immigration is a top problem

Given opposition in both parties, it was still unclear on Thursday if Congress could head off a weekend shutdown of the federal government, which is operating on its third temporary funding extension since the 2018 fiscal year began on October 1. "If the country shuts down, which very well could be, the budget should be handled a lot differently than it has been handled over the last long period of time, many years".

"We're making good progress, yet still at this point if the vote were to happen today there's not the votes to fund it with Republican-only votes", Meadows said. "The overwhelming number in our caucus have said they don't like this deal and they believe if we kick the can down the road this time, we'll be back where we started from next time". "So there's very, very strong support not to go along with their deal". And perhaps most importantly, the longer it lingers, the more outraged activists and the Democratic base over the issue.

In several tweets before 9 a.m., Trump blamed Democrats for a possible shutdown.

In a tweet Tuesday, Trump claimed that "Democrats want to shut down the Government over Amnesty for all and Border Security". Senate Democrats, for their part, are still keeping their cards close to their chest.

Republicans and Democrats are scrambling to avert the shutdown, which could come at midnight Friday. Debbie Stabenow and Gary Peters to ask for a "clean" version of DACA legislation before they support funding the government. "The biggest loser will be our rapidly rebuilding Military, at a time we need it more than ever", he tweeted on January 16.

White House chief of staff John Kelly criticized the deal that Graham and the rest of the "Gang of Six" came up with, telling reporters on Capitol Hill Wednesday morning that it wasn't bipartisan enough and didn't have sufficient input from the House and Senate.

Rep. Jackie Speier, D-Calif., said she won't support it.

Immigration activists have been gearing up for this fight for months. It does not include a solution for "dreamers", the undocumented immigrants brought to the United States as children, as Democrats have demanded.

Those actions did not require congressional approval, and there was limited pressure activists could bring compared to the battle that helped stall repeal of President Barack Obama's health care law.

Last fall, President Donald Trump announced his administration would end the so-called Dreamer program, which shields people brought to the USA illegally as children from deportation, in March. Trump tossed the issue to Congress to act before March.

The Trump administration is drawing up plans to keep national parks and monuments open despite a possible shutdown as a way to blunt public anger, and while the military would not cease to operate, troops would not be paid unless Congress specifically authorizes it.

A bipartisan deal on immigration that would shield almost a million people from deportation lay in tatters after the president's reported use of vulgar language during a tense White House meeting last week set off clashes between Trump and key Democrats, including Senator Dick Durbin.

Some Democrats said they won't vote on a spending bill unless some sort of resolution for the program is reached. "This week is an opportunity for Congress to reject that racism".

In a conference call with OH reporters Tuesday, Portman said that during a private meeting last week with Senate Republicans, Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis "painted a pretty dismal picture about our preparedness". "His biggest promise of the campaign trail was to crack down on illegal immigration and build a border wall".

Leadership also had to convince defense hawks to back another short-term spending bill after they've said repeatedly that they have deep concerns about how that could affect the military. Immigration advocates are confident popular opinion is on their side - people from heads of companies like Amazon, Apple and Starbucks to TV personality Kim Kardashian have urged a deal.

The fight by Democrats to stop the deportation of about 700,000 immigrants brought to the USA illegally as children and now protected under the DACA program isn't just an act of compassion.

But the military gets paid on the 1st and 15th of every month.

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