Government Shutdown Still Possible As Short-Term Funding Passes House


The CR, which passed by a vote of 230-197, will fund the government through February 16 if the Senate passes it. The measure is created to give White House and congressional bargainers more time to work through disputes on immigration and the budget that they've tangled over for months.

Back in May, President Trump called for a "good shutdown" to fix the "mess" in the federal government. Just 11 Republicans, mostly conservatives and a pair of moderate Hispanic lawmakers, opposed the measure. A handful of Republicans, including Sen. Lindsey Graham, who is involved in the immigration negotiations, has also said he would not vote for a short-term funding measure.

On the edge of a government shutdown, a divided House voted late Thursday to keep the government open past a Friday deadline setting up an eleventh-hour standoff in the Senate, where Democrats have vowed to kill the measure.

"A government shutdown is simply unacceptable, which is why I voted to keep the government open and am urging my colleagues in the Senate from both sides of the aisle to do the same", Poliquin, a Republican, said.

"I have no interest in shutting the government down", said Brown. Richard Shelby, R-Ala.

Democrats have been demanding that Congress act now to protect the young immigrants who are shielded under the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals programme, which Mr Trump plans to end on March 5.

"You have the leverage".

The White House remains optimistic the stopgap measure will pass.

Now Democrats are needed if it is to pass in the Senate - but they want illegal immigration and weak borders.

A Trump shutdown "would look very different than it would under the previous administration", according to Mick Mulvaney, director of the Office of Management and Budget.

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Trump, meanwhile, backs the short-term funding plan.

"He didn't weigh in until right before the (House) vote", the source said, describing it as "annoying".

Trump himself weighed in from Pennsylvania, where he flew to help a GOP candidate in a special congressional election. And Democrats say they want to avoid a shutdown, but they're at a critical tipping point.

Another option is the Senate could stall for time. "We know that CHIP needs to be funded, we know that community health centers [need to be funded], so let's sit down and figure it out", Tester said.

Schumer did not declare that all the members of his caucus would vote against the stopgap spending bill, known as a continuing resolution or CR, but has said there is strong opposition to it. The president is celebrating the one-year anniversary of his inauguration with a $100,000-per-couple gala at Mar-a-Lago, the proceeds of which will go to the Trump reelection campaign and the Republican National Committee.

SNELL: And Republicans control the Senate and the White House (laughter).

But, Republicans had also included a six-year re-authorization of the Children's Health Insurance Program in their short-term spending package, a maneuver they'd hoped would pressure Democrats to avert a government shutdown.

"CHIP should be part of a long-term solution, not a 30 Day, or short term, extension!"

Democrats and many Republicans say they favor a deal that would allow DACA recipients to stay in the country and give them a path to citizenship. The children's health program serves almost 9 million low-income children, and some states have come close to exhausting their funds.

Without the injection of new money, no matter how temporary, scores of federal agencies across the United States will be forced to shut starting at midnight Friday, when existing funds expire. But this trip isn't just about escaping the stresses of traveling between the White House and various other Trump properties.