They're insisting that lawmakers find a way to protect the Dreamers sooner rather than later before agreeing to a budget deal that would pave the way for a long-term government spending plan.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) reportedly was preparing to hold the Senate in session through the weekend if Democrats do not agree to a funding measure Friday. The measure would also fund the low-income children's health insurance program, or CHIP, for six years and delay some taxes that are key sources of funding for Obamacare.
Before the House even voted Thursday night, President Donald Trump was already putting the blame on Democrats.
The US Government could shut down for the first time since 2013 today, as the third temporary funding bill of the fiscal year expires.
Its prospects seem gloomy in the Senate, where most Democrats were expected to vote no.
Late on Thursday, Democratic Senator Dick Durbin, who is leading the fight for the Dreamers, told reporters there had been some signs earlier in the day that talks with Republicans were taking a positive turn and a deal could be within reach.
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Meadows also reportedly spoke with Trump about the importance of reaching an agreement before he met with Republican leadership.
The Senate minority leader said Wednesday afternoon that, if the government shuts down, it will be Republicans' fault.
He added, alluding to the coming elections, "we need more Republican victories in 2018!"
Trump was at the Pentagon to meet with senior military officials in advance of Defense Secretary Jim Mattis' release of the new National Defense Strategy.
With the fate of the spending bill uncertain, federal agencies were being instructed to prepare for partial government shutdowns throughout the country on Saturday.
Liberals were in uproar when Trump previous year ordered the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (Daca) programme, which shielded Dreamers from deportation, to end this March. The last time the government shutdown was 2013, and it lasted 16 days.
Sen. John Thune, R-S.D., meanwhile admitted that it will take "a little whip work" to get to 60 votes.
But Democrats laid any blame for a shutdown at Republicans feet, noting that they control the White House and both chambers of Congress, and that there is bipartisan support for finding a solution to DACA.
"I want to keep the government open", West Virginia Democratic Sen.