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11 February 2018, 10:24 | Devin Moran
Senior Democrat: 'Dreamers' issue unresolved but US government shutdown unlikely
Paul's protest forced Congress to miss a midnight deadline for passing a funding measure to keep the government operating. It would also authorize funds for disaster aid, community health centers, the Children's Health Insurance Program and fighting the opioid crisis.
This means that a short term shutdown of just a few hours could be over by the time government workers wake up Friday morning.
If that fails, the US government would suffer its second shutdown this year, after a partisan standoff over USA immigration policy led to a three-day partial shutdown last month.
"While President Trump threatens shutdowns and stalemates, congressional leaders have done the hard work of finding compromise and consensus", Schumer said.
The Senate on Thursday afternoon had been scheduled to vote on a budgetdeal struck by Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Paul's fellow Kentucky Republican, and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y.
The billpassed in a 240-186 vote in the House early morning despite opposition from mostDemocrats, who had sought a firmer commitment from Speaker Paul Ryan that he will bring immigration legislation to the floor for a vote that would protect immigrants who came to the United States as children from deportation.
"I'd love to see a shutdown if we don't get this taken care of", Trump said.
But that wasn't enough to satisfy some of her base, and the leadership team sent conflicting messages, saying they weren't whipping the bill Wednesday, then sending a whip notice to vote no on Thursday.
Mr. Schumer said the Democrats' negotiating position had not changed: they were looking for increases in defensespending to be met with equivalent increases in domestic spending, or what they are now calling "middle class programs".
Bipartisan negotiations have yet to reach a deal on an overhaul of America's immigration laws, and Trump has rejected a proposal that would pair a DACA solution with limited border security enhancements. If you feel like we've been here before, that's because we have: the House has passed its fifth short-term spendingbill since October. Yes. "The Bipartisan Budget Act provides non-defense discretionary spending levels higher than the administration deems necessary". Only 73 Democrats voted for the bill; 67 Republicans voted against it. She has been speaking on the House floor for hours, since about 10 a.m. ET Wednesday, to demand a commitment from House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wisconsin, on bringing immigration legislation to the House floor.
"We don't need a government shutdown on this", said Rep. Barbara Comstock, R-Va., whose district in the Washington suburbs is home to many federal workers.
On Tuesday, the House passed a partisan bill that would fund government for six weeks - but fund the military through the remainder of fiscal year 2018. It would raise non-defense spending by $63 billion in fiscal year 2018, and $68 billion in fiscal year 2019. Senate Democratic leaders have dropped their strategy of using the funding fight to extract concessions on immigration, specifically on seeking extended protections for the "Dreamer" immigrants.
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