Trump looks to boost Republican in Pennsylvania special election

Trump Hoping to Keep Pennsylvania Seat in Republican Hands

Trump Hoping to Keep Pennsylvania Seat in Republican Hands

Schumer said that in his caucus, "the revulsion toward that bill is broad and strong".

"I feel that it makes no sense for Democrats to try and bring us to a shutdown, to try and cut off CHIP funding for states that are running out of money like Minnesota, and Washington, and Kentucky, and other states", House Speaker Paul Ryan said Wednesday.

"A very fair, bipartisan deal remains on the table".

"What other option to we have?" asked Rep. Mo Brooks, a Republican from Alabama, who said he was leaning "yes".

As battles over immigration and government spending advance with no solution in sight, Senate Democrats are being forced to decide whether they'd support a short-term measure to avert a government shutdown - even if it doesn't include protections for the hundreds of thousands of undocumented immigrants brought into the United States as children.

"It's another patch", Sen.

Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer dismissed the Republican stopgap proposal.

"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 White House promised to engage in immigration negotiations next week if Democrats support the stop-gap measure. "This is not half a loaf, this is not a quarter of a loaf, this is a couple of slices of the loaf". The group's leader, Representative Mark Meadows, said that while members dislike the short-term deal and would prefer added defence funding, the chances for a shutdown "are very unlikely because no one wants one".

DACA Negotiations Stalls as Government Shutdown Looms
DACA Negotiations Stalls as Government Shutdown Looms

Among several items in the bill, Republicans and Democrats are fighting over whether or not to include language that protects children brought to the USA illegally - known as Dreamers - in the spending bill. "Enough is enough", he said.

"Now just let me be clear: I want a DACA fix, too".

Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., on Wednesday told reporters he would like any temporary spending bill to include an immigration compromise that a bipartisan group of senators is expected to unveil this afternoon. Democratic Senator Dick Durbin of IL and Republican Senator Lindsey Graham of SC argue their plan offers the best path that could break the impasse on the issue and help drive a deal for a broader spending deal.

He said that Republicans need to accept that they won't be able to get deals on things they want, like more defense funding, if they don't give on Dreamer protections.

"None of these are easy, but we are all highly motivated by the fact that come March the 5th this program will no longer be available and all of the work permits that now exist for the 690,000 DACA recipients will go away", Cornyn said. "Nobody really believes that's viable". Lindsey Graham, could move forward - despite Trump's rejection of that deal at a heated meeting last week.

Republicans won the first four past year, all in Republican-leaning districts, but Democrats improved their performance from previous elections in each race.

"I think there's a growing desire by Republicans and certainly Democrats to sort of end the madness", Graham told reporters, noting that Democratic negotiators even agreed to fund elements of Trump's planned border wall. Susan Collins (R-Maine), Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) and Mike Rounds (R-S.D.). The bill doesn't deal with DACA, and its anti-Obamacare provisions seem likely to both unify rank-and-file Republicans behind it, while further tempting Democrats to vote "no".

Members bemoaned the need for another stopgap measure - the fourth in just six months - but members inside the conference meeting Tuesday night described an atmosphere that was mostly supportive of Republican leaders, who many admitted had little choice than to put another short-term spending bill on the floor.

Sanders put the blame on Senate Democrats if the government is shut down, due to their insistence on a bill to fix DACA.

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