McConnell says he is optimistic Senate will approve stop-gap funding bill

President Donald Trump and Democrat Conor Lamb

President Donald Trump and Democrat Conor Lamb

House Republican leaders said they would push ahead with a vote on a short-term spending bill that would fund the government through February 16, but they did not schedule the vote and it was not clear they would have enough support to pass it.

Most centrist Democrats would not say how they meant to vote, but Jonathan Kott, spokesman for Sen. A week ago Tuesday, he was animated at a televised meeting on immigration and seemed open to the bipartisan proposal, which would allow a large group of young people affected by the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program to stay in the U.S. in return for more funding for border security and other immigration reforms. In September of previous year, the Trump administration announced those protections would end in March 2018.

Mitchell McConnellGOP strategist donates to Alabama Democrat McConnell names Senate GOP tax conferees Brent Budowsky: A plea to Alabama voters MORE (R-Ky.) is urging Democrats to support a short-term funding bill needed to prevent a government shutdown despite an increasingly heated fight over immigration.

"I'm looking for something that President Trump supports and he has not yet indicated what measure he is willing to sign", Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell told reporters.

"I think the fact that we're in earnest and negotiating in good faith with our four leaders on DACA speaks to the fact that we want to see a solution", Ryan said. "We need to do a DACA deal". Montana Sen. Jon Tester - Trump won his state by 20-points - told reporters he wouldn't be voting for the bill, but "it has nothing to do with (immigration), it's a bad proposal".

The immigration talks ground almost to a halt last week after Trump rejected a bipartisan solution proposed by Sens.

Senators Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., and Dick Durbin, D-Ill., continue to push their bipartisan deal on DACA. He is spearheading fresh talks on the issue with the other second-ranking Democrats and Republicans in the House and Senate.

"I'm just exhausted of voting for CRs", King said.

"We had a president that I was proud to golf with, call my friend, who understood immigration had to be bipartisan, you had to have border security as essential, you have border security with a wall, but he also understood the idea that we had to do it with compassion", the SC senator said. "If that's the case, I guess the day of reckoning will come tomorrow".

McConnell's deputy in the Senate leadership is John Cornyn of Texas. "They claim they don't want to shut down the government, so it seems to me it would be a rather attractive package". Democratic leaders said Wednesday there was broad support within the caucus to vote against any short-term bill that does not include DACA language.

"The revulsion towards that bill was broad and strong", Schumer said. Not a Democrat, but Donald Trump has repeatedly said, on tape, over and over again, what the country needs is a good shutdown.