Clock Running Out to Avert US Government Shutdown, as Trump Blames Democrats

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Clock Running Out to Avert US Government Shutdown, as Trump Blames Democrats

President Donald Trump heaped pressure on Democrats today to yield in an acrimonious budget showdown that threatens to shut down the USA government when money runs out at midnight - a year to the day after the Republican president took office.

Mike Rounds, a South Dakota Republican who had told CNN earlier Thursday that he would not vote for the bill, told reporters he would now support it, following assurances from GOP leadership that defense appropriations would have regular order. Republicans branded the confrontation a "Schumer shutdown" and argued that Democrats were harming fellow Americans to protect "illegal immigrants". Shutdown coming? We need more Republican victories in 2018!

Since then, however, the president has engaged in a series of spats with Congress. Trump and conservatives in Congress have used the Dreamer fight to try and win tough new immigration controls, including the president's promised border wall.

The House has already passed a short-term spending bill that funds the government through February 16, eliminates some taxes created by the Affordable Care Act, and re-authorizes the Children's Health Insurance Program for six years.

"Specific events matter if they fit into a larger narrative of what's at stake in an election", said Ben Wikler, the Washington Director of MoveOn.org. "The discussion will continue", Schumer said after the meeting.

A spokeswoman for Stabenow said the senator is "focused on working with Republicans and Democrats to reach a long-term solution on government funding and believes that kicking the can down the road is hurting MI and is no way to do business".

They are essentially daring Democrats to vote against a measure that has been a longstanding liberal priority.

As Fox News' Shephard Smith noted on Thursday, "I mean, never in the history - at least modern history - of the country has there been a government shutdown when a single party is in charge of Washington". During the 2016 campaign, he made clear that while the "bad ones" had to go, he wanted to find a way for the good ones to get legal status, by allowing them to leave and then return in an "expedited" fashion. "Let's stay in. Let's get it done". But it's unclear whether there has been any change in the leaders' positions, or whether congressional Republicans will go along if they do strike a new deal.

Now, Democrats are "trying to make a point in the same way Republicans were trying to make a point" when they forced prior shutdowns in 2013 and 1995, said Stan Collender, an expert on the federal budget and a partner at Qorvis Communications.

"He's given lots of room to members to make decisions", said Durbin, adding that he's seeing signs that more red-state Democrats are leaning toward voting against the stop-gap.

While it's unusual for the media to cast a shutdown as the fault of Democrats, it's important to note Democrats themselves are claiming responsibility for this.

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Speaking for Democrats, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, San Francisco, signaled the gravity of the situation by speaking in the present tense about a shutdown as if one was already happening.

But with tempers frayed and Republicans and Democrats deeply divided over immigration legislation that has found its way into the government funding fight, the bill appeared to be on the verge of collapse in the Senate.

The DACA program protects from deportation roughly 700,000 unauthorized immigrants who entered the United States as minors.

Speaking as he returned to Capitol Hill after the 90-minute meeting, the NY senator said: "We had a long and detailed meeting".

Kamala D. Harris (D-Calif.), the daughter of two immigrants and a rumored 2020 presidential contender, becomes the first Senate Democrat to publicly vow to vote against government spending bills that do not protect the dreamers. And it extends the State Children's Health Insurance Program, which provides coverage for nine million children in low-income families, for six years. But the White House immediately pushes back against reports that Trump has agreed to leave funding for a wall along the U.S. -Mexico border out of a deal.

Burnett questioned Democrats' unwillingness to support the CR.

Multiple Republican sources told CNN there were multiple overseas trips planned for next week that are postponed due to the shutdown threat - some were scheduled to depart Friday.

The Trump administration is minimizing the looming budget crisis that could produce a government shutdown, saying former President Barack Obama "weaponized" hardcore negotiating tactics.

Richard Nixon railed against blacks and Jews in his White House tapes.

It remains uncertain, however, if the bill with pass the Senate. If no resolution is reached, the government would shut down most operations.

Essential functions like the military, law enforcement, the White House and Congress would continue working but with reduced staff.

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