Why We May Be Headed Toward a Government Shutdown

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Divisions between Republicans and Democrats then deepened amid an uproar over Trump's reported use of the word "shithole" when speaking about African countries last week.

The Donald Trump of last Tuesday - all deal-maker and can't we all get along - might have made lots of Democrats very nervous about letting the government shut down amid an immigration standoff.

House Freedom Caucus Chairman Mark Meadows, a North Carolina Republican, is one of a small group of conservatives opposed to the short-term funding bill and told reporters Wednesday he didn't believe GOP leaders had the votes to pass it because of the internal divisions.

Republicans want a bulk of the spending increase to go to defense spending instead of non-defense spending.

House Speaker Paul Ryan criticized Democrats for using DACA as leverage in spending talks.

The measure, presented to Republican rank-and-file members of the House in a closed door meeting Tuesday night to a conference frustrated with funding the government in short-term increments.

With a government shutdown fast approaching, Congress is trying to buy itself time. While the bill has a number of provisions to win over conservatives in the House - including delays to some Obamacare taxes - it still faces challenges as it tries to make its way through Congress over the next three days. Democrats have said they want a spending bill that protects the Dreamer immigrants, mostly Hispanic young adults.

"I'll vote to keep the government open", the West Virginia senator said.

Trump said he used "tough" language during the session, while Sen.

The meeting was to consider a bipartisan immigration deal to protect the "dreamers" - young immigrants brought to the United States illegally as children, including the 690,000 now enrolled in the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program that Trump has canceled. Tim Kaine and Mark Warner - represent states with many federal workers who don't want a shutdown.

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But Ben Marter, a spokesman for Durbin, said on Friday that following an initial telephone conversation with Trump about the deal, the senator had been "encouraged" by Trump's reaction and had expected further progress on the legislation at a White House meeting that day. "No more unsafe Lottery", the president tweeted Tuesday morning. "The Democrats want to shut down the Government over Amnesty for all and Border Security".

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said Tuesday that lawmakers have until March to reach a compromise on the Dreamers. Durbin voted against the bill in December and said he would again without Dreamer protections. If last year's stopgap is any indicator, there may be as many as 16 Democrats who will end up caving and voting in support of a spending bill.

As if the negotiations weren't fraught enough, there are also sharp disagreements over a disaster aid package for Texas, Florida and other places devastated by hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria.

In the Senate, more uncertainty looms. He is spearheading fresh talks on the issue with the other second-ranking Democrats and Republicans in the House and Senate.

The funding measure does not include a legislative shield for Dreamers but it does grant Democrats an unrelated, high-priority measure: a six-year reauthorization of the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP).

CHIP is a federal-state matching program that serves almost nine million children whose families would otherwise not be able to afford insurance.

The current continuing resolution funding the government is set to expire at midnight on January 19.

The same goes for community health center funding.

Democratic strategists, for their part, say they are pleased that many of their candidates are not running against proven competition, but warn that it's likely to be harder than usual to secure easy victories given the current political polarization prevalent nationwide.

It pays for health care for 9 million children from low-income families, and authorization for it expired October 1. There are 1,400 centers across the country, and they serve about 25 million Americans.

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