Congress scrambles to avert government shutdown

Paul Ryan Caught Between Freedom Caucus, Democrats

Paul Ryan Caught Between Freedom Caucus, Democrats

If the government shuts down at Midnight on Friday, who do you blame?

The House on Thursday passed a GOP-backed short-term spending bill that would fund the government through February 16.

Democrats are insisting action to protect immigrants who came the country illegally when they were young, a group known as "dreamers".

"It's clear that they don't have the votes in the Senate right now and the primary reason they don't have the votes in the Senate is no one in the Senate, least of all Majority Leader McConnell knows what the president wants", Giangreco said.

The GOP plan to push through a one-month continuing resolution for government funding paired with a six-year extension of funds for the Children's Health Insurance Program was met with hostility from a number of Senate Democrats who'd voted for the last continuing resolution. The House passed H.R. 195 by a 230-197 vote. Chuck Schumer, D-New York, said. "That would shut down the government". In the case of a shutdown, fewer than half of the 2 million civilian federal workers subject to it would be forced off the job if the Trump administration follows the rules followed by previous Presidents Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton and Barack Obama.

Again, threatening to withhold the votes and actually doing it are two different thing, but according to these sources, Wednesday was a day where withholding the votes really seemed possible.

The House passed a Republican-led bill aimed at avoiding a government shutdown on Thursday, but the fight to get the bill through Congress isn't over yet.

Trump favors making the program part of "a long-term solution, not a 30 Day, or short-term, extension!" Vote counters gauged GOP support Wednesday in advance of a vote planned for Thursday.

Republicans were all but daring Democrats to scuttle the bill and force a shutdown because of immigration, which they said would hurt Democratic senators seeking re-election in 10 states that Trump carried in 2016.

White House principal deputy press secretary Raj Shah issued a statement pushing to keep the government funded and didn't mention CHIP. Most importantly, this legislation will provide necessary funding for our military and their mission to keep our nation safe from worldwide and domestic threats.

"It's still our belief that there's not the votes to pass it with Republicans only", Freedom Caucus Chairman Mark Meadows (R-NC) told reporters Thursday afternoon.

"I'm looking for something that President Trump supports".

"I think we are going to see a Democrat blue tsunami like we have never seen", he said. Unless they come up with something else.

"What other choice do have this week", asked New Jersey Republican Rep. Tom MacArthur. "And there is no way in the world to fix this problem without dealing with the DACA issue".

Republicans inserted the measure in a move partly to lure Democratic support.

"I am convinced that between Republicans who publicly said they're [voting] no and Democrats who said they're a 'no, ' there are not enough votes in this chamber", a Democratic senator told Politico, on the condition of anonymity. Democrats have sufficient votes there to block the legislation.

Tester called the back-to-back stop-gap measures a "failure of leadership" and a "disgrace". But the measure faced gloomy prospects in the Senate, and it remained unclear how or if lawmakers could find a way to keep federal offices open and avert an election-year backlash with uncertain political consequences.

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