Trump says shutdown is 'up to the Democrats'

Immigration Deal Distant as Leaders Try to Avert Shutdown

Amid a looming government shutdown, President Donald Trump is fairly confident that Democrat lawmakers will inevitably face the blame that will be given if Congress fails to craft a spending bill before Friday.

When the Senate approved a similar short-term spending bill in December, 17 Democrats plus ME independent Angus King voted to keep the government open.

The bill would fund government for one month, reauthorize the Children's Health Insurance Program for six years, and delay several Obamacare tax provisions.

The House is set to vote Thursday night on a government funding bill, but it is unclear if they have the votes to pass it.

"There's not enough support to pass it with GOP-only votes in the House", the group's leader, Rep. Mark Meadows, R-North Carolina, told reporters.

Senator Robert Menendez said the White House was holding Dreamers hostage in an attempt to get a growing list of demands on immigration that he said was "simply not acceptable" to attach to the narrow issue of protecting the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program and securing us borders.

A number of Republican politicians, including Trump, have accused Democrats of jeopardizing the stability of the military--and the safety of the country--by refusing to agree to any funding proposal until something is done for recipients of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. But it does not protect the thousands of undocumented young immigrants from being deported - something Democrats say is a non-starter. Without an immigration deal, most Senate Democrats said they were prepared to oppose the spending measure.

Walsh, Giangreco along with Trump 2016 convention delegate Jennifer Nevins and Democratic political consultant Tom Bowen join Paris Schutz to discuss Trump's first year and a possible government shutdown.

"Once again, a Continuing Resolution (CR) is needed to provide government funding and avoid a shutdown", House Appropriations Chairman Rodney Frelinghuysen said in a statement. "But we're not going to be held hostage to do things that we think are going to be contrary to the best interests of the American people". "Congress should remain in session with no recess until we work out a long-term bipartisan budget deal that addresses all issues". "I want to be fair to the DACA population".

Now, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is starting over.

"Last Friday, Trump tweeted: ".Because of the Democrats not being interested in life and safety, DACA has now taken a big step backwards. Besides ensuring all the 51 Republican votes, he will have to work on to secure at least 9 Democratic votes.

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