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House Passes Spending Bill, But Shutdown Threat Remains

20 January 2018

In a tweet, the Republican president criticised a sweetener added to the spending bill by congressional leaders to win Democratic lawmakers' votes, BBC reported on Thursday.

"I think the American people are going to see that the Republicans are in charge of the presidency, they're in charge of the House, they're in charge of the Senate, that Democrats are willing to do a short-term (continuing resolution) to keep negotiations going", Merkley said.

At the focus of the debate is Democrats demand that the spending bill include legal protections for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipients - basically amnesty.

"It's clear that they don't have the votes in the Senate right now and the primary reason they don't have the votes in the Senate is no one in the Senate, least of all Majority Leader McConnell knows what the president wants", Giangreco said.

Republican leaders said the plan would give the White House and lawmakers more time to work through the disputes on immigration and spending that they've tangled over for months.

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Late last night, the House passed a short-term spending bill to fund the government through February 16.

Senators sparred on the floor Thursday evening, but didn't get anywhere, according to ABC News.

"I really believe the Democrats want a shutdown to get off the subject of the tax cuts because they're doing so well", he said. Now on that issue, there is a bipartisan interest in solving the DACA problem, but the president has given us until March.

Fox News host Dana Perino asked Cotton if he heard anything from the White House or Capitol Hill about what happened at the meeting between Trump and Schumer.

During the 2013 and 1995-96 shutdowns, Republicans were blamed for grinding the government to a halt.

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Over the past year, the Democrats have shown no genuine interest in working with President Trump or the Republican majority in Congress on any issue.

Democrats are demanding help for "Dreamers", more than 700,000 immigrants who entered the USA illegally as children.

Congress has been relying on short-term spending bills to support vital programs since government funding ran out 110 days ago.

House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., also urged Senate Democrats to pass the stopgap measure. It's unclear how a government shutdown would affect either party in this year's midterm elections in November. And it was Trump who, last Thursday, scuttled a deal on immigration with his "shithole" comment, which has left members of both parties scrambling.

A bitter fight erupted in the Senate as it now holds the power to avoid a governmental shutdown by midnight Friday.

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House passage came only after conservatives secured a promise from House Speaker Paul Ryan that he would soon advance some type of legislation to bolster USA military readiness, said Republican Representative Mark Meadows.

House Passes Spending Bill, But Shutdown Threat Remains