Legislation to provide billions in federal aid to help Western states recover from wildfires and Gulf states and US territories rebuild from hurricanes is stalled while the partisan fight over the fate of almost 700,000 Dreamers rages on. Republicans have a 238-193 advantage in the House, but they don't quite have unity. With Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) still out of the Senate for health reasons and an Alabama Senate seat recently flipping from red to blue, Republicans need at least nine Democratic votes to pass the spending bill.
In the Senate, it was still unclear exactly how Majority Leader Mitch McConnell would manage to get the votes. Republicans only have a 51-49 advantage, with Sen. John Kennedy of Louisana and Democratic Sen.
But an impasse over immigration negotiations has pushed Democrats, and Republicans to stand against this short-term spending deal.
Republican President Donald Trump ordered that DACA expire in March and asked Congress to come up with a legislative fix. Graham said. "It's time Congress stop the cycle of dysfunction, grow up, and act consistent with the values of a great nation".
Still, "We don't need a #SchumerShutdown", Cornyn tweeted on Thursday. "He fully supports passing this legislation", Ryan countered, noting that he spoke to the president after the tweet was posted. That led the White House to issue a statement saying Trump was still on board with the House proposal. "The President supports the continuing resolution introduced in the House". They want NO border security, no borders at all or enforcement. "The progressive movement who are going to be the boots on the ground for the Democrats to regain power" in November's midterm elections, she added, "are going to hold them accountable if they don't come through". Shortly before the vote, the House Freedom Caucus said a majority of its members had voted to approve the measure, making passage more certain.
Said Rep. Tom Cole (R-Okla.): "It doesn't have anything in it that offends my friends in any way".
The last-minute confusion over CHIP further complicated spending negotiations that were stalled when Trump rejected a bipartisan Senate immigration plan meant to pave the way for a long-term spending agreement. "So there's very, very strong support not to go along with their deal". In the last shutdown, in 2013, more than 800,000 government workers were furloughed. Democrats are resisting a spending deal agreement until a bipartisan immigration deal is clinched.
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In remarks to reporters outside the Pentagon Thursday, Trump focused on the military again. "Our military needs it!" he wrote. One Democrat that's sure to vote for a CR is West Virginia's Joe Manchin. Trump tweeted in the morning. A fourth, Mike Lee, has traditionally voted against such short-term spending bills.
House Republicans are expected to vote on the short-term deal Thursday night.
"You can tell from the previous speaker how eager our Democrat colleagues are to shut down this government", he said. For instance, just eight Democratic senators voted against a CR on December 7.
"A government shutdown will be devastating to our military. something the Dems care very little about!"
This story has updated with additional developments and will continue to update throughout Thursday.
The spending bill faces large hurdles to pass through the Senate.
One key Democratic divide in the Senate: a tactical split between the Democrats running for re-election this year in states that Trump carried, and the Democrats being mentioned as possible 2020 contenders.
Eligible children in New Jersey get coverage through NJ FamilyCare, which also covers Medicaid enrollees and residents who qualify through the state's Medicaid expansion. Cory Booker, California Sen. One case previously highlighted: Intelligence collected under Section 702 helped prevent al-Qaida's Najibullah Zazi from launching a suicide bombing on a New York City subway. Kirsten Gillibrand all oppose voting for a funding bill, if it doesn't include permanent protections for DACA recipients. Bernie Sanders (I-VT), voted against it.
Nevada has received a redistribution of unspent CHIP funds to keep its programs running until February.
Immigration activists have increased the pressure on Democrats to oppose any spending measure while DACA is still unresolved. A host of indicators suggest Democrats will make major inroads and possibly seize control of the House of Representatives. It would appear that Republicans have shut down the government. But what impact would we see at a local level? "It's up to the Democrats".