GOP Lacking Votes to Keep Government Open

Demonstrators protest at Sen. Dean Heller's R-Nev. office in support of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, and Temporary Protected Status, programs on Capitol Hill on Tuesday

Demonstrators protest at Sen. Dean Heller's R-Nev. office in support of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, and Temporary Protected Status, programs on Capitol Hill on Tuesday

Keep in mind on this: Should House Republicans pass their short-term spending bill, it's a very, very tough vote for Senate Democrats.

A possible government shutdown is looming Friday if no budget deal is made in Washington.

Hopes of a deal to keep the government open have been complicated by lingering mistrust following an Oval Office meeting last week in which, according to several people familiar with the gathering, President Donald Trump used vulgar terms to describe poor countries sending immigrants to the United States. Lindsey Graham, another meeting participant, and Sen.

Republican leaders are full speed ahead on a short-term funding bill - now they just need the votes for it.

The bill will also include extras like funding for the Children's Health Insurance Program and a delay of some Obamacare taxes.

Even if the spending measure succeeds in the House, Republicans would still need at least nine Democratic votes to push it through the Senate, which the GOP controls 51-49.

Republicans were also discussing delaying three Affordable Healthcare Act taxes: two-year delays of a medical device and a "Cadillac" tax for high-end insurance plans and a one-year delay in 2019 of another health insurance tax.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said Tuesday that lawmakers have until March to reach a compromise on the Dreamers.

The White House had no immediate comment.

The partisan debate over how to deal with the Dreamers - the 800,000 immigrants who were brought to the US illegally as children - grew more acrimonious last week after President Trump allegedly called Haiti, El Salvador, and other African nations "s***hole countries" and suggested the USA should instead encourage more immigration from Norway, a predominately white country. Schachtner says her victory could be a bad sign for Republicans statewide.

"I had to whip very vigorously before Christmas", Meadows said.

The Senate approach, Lujan Grisham said, would reduce the parents of Dreamers to "second-class citizens" because they would receive temporary protections and no pathway to citizenship, as well as other problems.

Republicans can not fund the government on their own and one of the long talked-about solutions to getting Democrats on board had been to come up with a plan to protect the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, the program that protects those who entered the undocumented minors.

If Congress approves a temporary "continuing resolution" to keep the government funded through February 16, it would be the fourth such measure since the 2018 federal fiscal year began on October 1.

President Donald Trump has spent the past few days using his Twitter account to blame Democrats for a potential impending shutdown, hyperbolically accusing them of favoring amnesty for all over the US military.

GOP leaders are now turning to a short-term funding measure in hopes of keeping agencies open while talks continue, but Democratic leaders say they are unlikely to support any deal that does not protect young illegal immigrants. Senator Dick Durbin of IL, the No. 2 Democrat, said Monday morning he'll introduce the bipartisan immigration compromise this week and that McConnell should allow the vote before the Friday spending vote. But it was not yet clear whether Majority Leader McConnell would schedule it for a floor debate and vote.

"That being said it puts us in a good strategic position", he said, explaining that extending the CHIP program would cut off a Democratic line of attack that Republicans were denying health care funding for children in low-income families. Congress has until then to pass legislation to protect roughly 700,000 people from deportation and issue work permits.

A poll from Gallup, released on Monday, showed that 61 percent of Republicans are satisfied with the way things are going in the country, while just six percent of Democrats and seven percent of Independents feel the same.

The bipartisan deal called for $2.7 billion for an array of border security steps. "The Democrats want to shut down the Government over Amnesty for all and Border Security", he wrote. He says, "if there is one, it will fall on the Republicans' backs, plain and simple".